The Senior School campus has been a little quieter this week, with the last of the Year 12 examinations, the Years 10 and 11 students focused on their own examinations, and the Year 9s on their camp at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula. The photos posted on Twitter and Facebook from camp have reflected a wonderful week of activities, enjoyed in the magnificent sunshine. We are all most grateful, given the torrential rain and storms that these same girls experienced on camp last year. The camp staff have reported how thrilled they are with the outcomes of this Education Outdoors experience and we thank all the students and teachers who have made this week so enjoyable and memorable. In particular I would like to thank, Rev Helen Creed, the Year 9 Coordinator and Mr Shane Maycock, Education Outdoors Coordinator for their dedication and planning of all the activities the students have enjoyed this week.
Last Friday 23 November, we welcomed new students entering Cambwerwell Girls in Years 8 – 12 in 2018 for their Orientation Day. These new students met with peers from their year levels, as well as House and School Captains and their Year Level Coordinator for 2018. It was a highly successful day and all the new students commented on the most welcoming and friendly approach of all staff and students.
As we head towards the last few weeks of 2017, there are many wonderful events to share and enjoy together. The Summer Spectacular on Saturday 2 December, sees the culmination of the student enterprise initiatives that have been supported by staff and will provide many varied stalls on the day. In the evening, our Camberwell girls look forward to sharing the stage with students from our local Primary Schools as we celebrate on of my favourite annual events, Carols at Camberwell. I look forward to seeing the Camberwell Girls community at the Summer Spectacular next Saturday.
Meanwhile this Saturday, I wish all the students and families who form the Saturday Netball Club, my best wishes for their final matches for 2017. Once again it has been an exceptional year for Camberwell Girls in the Friday and Saturday Netball at the Boroondara Netball Association. I thank Lexie Joyce and her extensive team of coaches, coach assistants and umpires for all their hard work. It is a pleasure to see our teams growing and going from strength to strength.
Year 9 Shrine of Remembrance
This week, our Year 9 girls visited the Shrine of Remembrance to develop their understanding of the Shrine as a place to honour our servicemen and women and learn about our nation’s wartime history.
Originally built as a monument to commemorate the 20,000 Victorians killed in World War I whose bodies never returned home, it has become a solemn place for Australians of all backgrounds to remember the sacrifices made by all of those lost in war. Students undertook a guided tour of the Shrine, where they learnt about the history of monuments ranging from the eternal flame to the Sanctuary.
Then the girls visited the museum, where guides showed them artefacts including an original Gallipoli landing boat, the World War I Books of Remembrance and the Victoria Cross of Captain Robert Grieve of Brighton. Students then visited the education centre, where they tried on the uniforms and kits of a World War I infantry soldier, a Light Horseman and a nurse.
After a brief remembrance ceremony in the Sanctuary, students had the opportunity to place a poppy to as a mark of respect to those who have served our nation.
Year 9 World of Work Day
Wednesday 15 November was a very busy day for our Year 9 students. Starting the day with their final Mentoring Breakfast, the students heard from Samantha Leng and Lauren Chiu (Class of 2015) who spoke about moving to the senior cycle. The girls gave a very inspiring talk about what was important about Year 10 – establishing good study habits, seeking worthwhile work experience placements, participating in co-curricular activities but also making time for family and friends.
After that it was a very full day as students moved from session to session for a number of different presentations. They were all diverse but very informative, and covered topics related to the theme of the day. Speakers presented on Social Media and LinkedIn for youth, interview techniques and first impressions. Students worked in groups to develop a portfolio of skills they subsequently collated into a digital resume.
La Trobe University spoke about moving to the senior cycle and getting ready for tertiary study. They highlighted their Aspire program ( La Trobe Aspire ) which recognises students who’ve made a positive impact on their community – whether it’s through volunteering, leadership or community engagement and rewards them with an early offer on a lower ATAR.
Deakin University addressed interview techniques and introduced their excellent new digital tool, Deakin Explore. With Explore you can -view more than 1,000 course and career pairings at a glance, filter your search based on your interests, create an account to save your favourites and share with your friends, enjoy short, snappy snippets of the relevant information you need. Available as both a mobile-optimised website Deakin Explore and a free app downloadable from the App store, Explore is constantly being updated with new and exciting future-focused careers.
The students finished off the day on a fun note, when the ’FashionistaSistas’ demonstrated the significance of looking well presented for that all important interview. Some students volunteered for ‘dress ups’ so all were able to see what looked good, and what did not look good, for a successful interview. It was a really packed day but students gained valuable information, obtained some insight into the rapidly changing world of work and acquired some ideas about how to develop and improve their work ready skills.
I hope our families have a lovely weekend.
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School