Festival of Music
This past fortnight in Senior School began with the annual Festival of Music in Barbara Sutton Hall. After many months of rehearsal in and around Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the various GSV sports and House events, it was time for our musicians to shine. The variety of repertoire was magnificent and we had the pleasure of enjoying the Middle School Choir, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Senior Chamber Strings Orchestra, Irish Band, Flute Ensemble, Preston Singers and the Rock Band. The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Percussion groups also performed as well as the Senior Singers, Russell Strings and Symphony Orchestra.
I am sure all who were present on the night would agree that the standard of the performances were exceptional. On behalf of the Senior School community, I would like to congratulate and thank Kate Savige, Rohan Mack, Mat Duniam, Cathy Georgiev, Jess Huggett, Nichole Adams, Stephanie Leslie, Joseph Yu and Jane Scott.
On Thursday of last week our Senior School Athletics team represented CGGS at the Division 2 GSV Athletics Championship Competition held at Lakeside Stadium. The many hours of training had paid off and we were all thrilled that this year we had qualified in Division 2. We thank Nick and Jo Bowden, our specialist Athletics coaches, and their team including our own CGGS sports staff, Ms Lauren Law and Mrs Nareen Robinson who prepared the students for this event. Our Senior students were placed 5th, the Intermediate students 8th and the Junior students 6th. Whilst we placed 8th overall, we are thrilled we have jumped from Division 3 to Division 2, what an enormous feat. Well done to all and I look forward to attending the Finals Night on Tuesday 11 September and supporting our team of 14 students as they compete in 18 events at the GSV Finals Evening.
Transition to Tertiary Breakfast
This morning I joined with Mrs Dolan, Mrs Anderson and the current Year 12 students at the Transition to Tertiary breakfast in Robinson Hall. We had the pleasure of hearing from two past students, Eloise Rawson (Class of 2017) and Georgia Bennett (Class of 2014) who spoke about their pathways into University. Eloise, who is now studying a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Creative Writing at Deakin, began her year in the Associate Degree but after working diligently in each of her six subjects, was recently invited to join the straight Bachelor Degree in Semester 2. Eloise spoke about how she is now managing to juggle three part time jobs, together with her studies. She also reflected on the lessons she has learnt since leaving school and reflected on the skills that CGGS had instilled in her. Her advice to the current Year 12’s was to work very closely with their teachers and put in the best effort they can while working in such a supportive environment.
Georgia Bennett completed a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations at Swinburne and is now working within our own Marketing Department. Georgia spoke about university life as being very different to school life where it was more difficult to create friendships. She made connections at Swinburne through ensuring she was involved in the life of the University, such as taking part in University Games. Georgia encouraged our students to ensure that while lectures and tutes did not appear to be compulsory at University, they were in fact essential to making sure you achieved your best results. Both young women spoke about the importance of time management and self-discipline as unlike school, no-one was there to remind them of due dates for assignments.
On behalf to the Year 12s I’d like to thank Mrs Dolan for hosting the T2T breakfast as it was evident that our Year 12 students now have many points to reflect on as they go into their final few weeks of secondary schooling.
This afternoon a group of enthusiastic students and staff joined our 2018 School Service Learning Captains, Isabella Nielsen and Ashika Mapa at the annual Ladder Walkathon at Shenley Park. Ladder is an AFL and AFLW affiliated charitable organisation tackling youth homelessness. Prior to the walk, students in Senior School had the opportunity to kick a football on our oval with Ellie Blackburn, AFLW Premiership Captain and Ladder Development Coach. Ladder is a particularly worthy cause with over 43,000 young people in Australia between the ages of 16 – 25 are homeless each night. A donation of $25 per AFL match from all players goes towards the four Ladder programs which include, Mentoring Programs, Health and Wellbeing, Personal Development, and Education, Employment and Training Programs. Our CGGS donation from today is being targeted towards the Mentoring Programs that Ladder run for many homeless youth.
Celebration of Sport
Tonight we welcome back to CGGS, past student Rebecca Pizzey (2015), who has been playing Basketball for the Dandenong Rangers in 2018. Bec is our guest speaker at the 2018 Celebration of Sport Evening which is sure to be a wonderful night. This evening is where we celebrate the many sporting achievements of all our sports teams and individual students. Tonight Bec will be sharing her experiences as a professional basketballer while representing Australia and Victoria on multiple occasions. I am sure she will be able to pass on some wisdom and great stories to our girls.
2018 OGA Public Speaking Competition
Earlier in Term 3, preliminary rounds for the 2018 OGA Public Speaking Competition were held. During this week’s assembly we were thrilled to have the finalists in both the Intermediate and Senior categories battle it out in the final round. For this round, the finalists had the choice of speaking on the topics of either ‘What I hope for women in my lifetime’ or ‘The power of an education’. After presenting incredible speeches, we would like to give a huge congratulations to Ananaya Mittal and Diya Dasgupta, our joint winners of the Intermediate division, Maryanne Li, runner up of the Senior division, and Christine Guan, winner of the Senior division.
The OGA Public Speaking Competition began in 2017 after current Year 12 student Janice Soo pitched her idea to the OGA, it is now an annual event funded by the Old Grammarians Association (OGA). It aims to give CGGS students from Year 3 and up, the platform to explore topics such as gender equality, female empowerment, CGGS values, education and community. The OGA are a group of former students who are striving to strengthen connections between past students and the school. They remain actively involved in school life by attending and sponsoring a number of school events such as the careers breakfasts. We thank the OGA for making this competition possible and past student and OGA Committee Member Claire Poyser (Class of 2010) for coming to our Senior School Assembly to adjudicate with Dr Reid and Ms Gordon and for presenting the awards.
Well done to Alanna Chew Lee and Kiana Fotoohabadi for their work with Claire, Ms Manners, Ms Cameron over the past term to ensure the event ran smoothly.
Year 9’s Connected through Courage, Challenge & Creativity
This Wednesday our Year 9s came together for breakfast in the Fig Tree Café where Grace Hamann (Class of 2017), spoke about the different ways we can show courage, and outlined the decisions she has made since she left secondary school. After breakfast we travelled by train into the city to visit the amazing MOMA Art Exhibition which is currently at the National Gallery of Victoria from the New York City Museum that bears its name. At MOMA we were fortunate to have two of our art teachers, Ms Kosowski and Mrs Woodward, helping us to interpret the art of such luminaries as Picasso, Rothko, Seurat and Cezanne.
Returning to school in the afternoon the Year 9s attended a presentation in Robinson Hall to hear the inspiring story of Ben Pettingill. Ben, who went blind overnight at the age of 16 due to a genetic condition went on to compete in Spartan Games and also water-skied on the Murray. His focus on was on what he had come to understand about ‘true vision’. This was greatly appreciated by our girls, who had many questions at the end of the talk. At the end of the day, the girls reflected on their experiences, and began the construction of an art work which will reflect their learnings, wondering and questions around the day.
Senior School Library News
On Wednesday 29 August, a group of Year 7s were taken by the Senior School Library to the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. They were given the incredible opportunity to listen to the multi award winning author of Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend. They were enlightened by her inspiration and journey from a daydream to a novel series. The group were itching in their seats brimming with well thought out and insightful questions about character profiles, her challenges and her concepts for future texts. It was a fantastic experience for these upcoming budding novelists to listen to the personable anecdotes of this favourite author. They even had a short meet and greet with her after the talk with a signed copy of her novel now on our shelves to commemorate the experience.
On Friday 31 August, the Library had the pleasure of hosting a visit from the Australian National Poetry Slam Champion, Solli Raphael. The Year 7s and Year 8s in Wellbeing marvelled at the lyrical prowess of this 13 year old who has taken the world by storm. The girls rushed to ask him as many questions as they could, ranging from his literary practice, his inspirations to his passion for the environment and his fears. It was wonderfully inspirational for them to see and hear from someone so self-aware and insightful. Solli has recently released his book ‘Limelight,’ which explores his practice and ways for young writers to get their ideas on paper, a copy of which now appears in our Senior Library.
Later that evening in the Library, a social movie event was hosted for the parents and students travelling on the UK Literature Tour in 2019. With a few cheese platters and bowls of popcorn, the lounge area was transformed into a mini cinema as we watched ‘Miss Potter,’ the tale of Beatrix Potter’s journey from a rich mother’s disappointment to one of the most successful children’s authors in history. A woman well before her time, the film gave a sneak peek of the luscious British countryside and historical places they soon will be gallivanting through on their whirlwind trip come next April. It was a sweet and rare opportunity to gather everyone in a purely social and fun night, relaxing on beanbags and couches snacking in the Library getting excited for their adventure. It was a true treat!
Year 9 Social
On Saturday 1 September, our girls attended the Year 9 Social, hosted by Camberwell Grammar School. We were very excited to see the night unfold. There was a buzz in the Performing Arts foyer as the Year 9s began to arrive. The evening consisted of dancing and mingling, with the highlight for many being not one, but three pizza deliveries! It was so great to see all the girls having an amazing time and making new friends. Shout-out to Simar Kaur for taking out ‘Best Dancer’! Overall, it was a lovely night and we’re sure our girls made plenty of new friends.
Special thanks to Ms Anton for supervising the event again this year and also for our three 2019 School Captains – Nikki Chen, Stephanie Lysikatos and Ellie Zhou, for also being there to support and supervise on the evening.
Last Saturday, CGGS had eight netball teams playing in the Semi Finals.
The Year 8 Aquamarines were up against Ruyton Rosellas, Ruyton took the lead early, Aquamarines tried various combinations but Ruyton were too good on the day.
Year 8 Amber were up against the top team Genazzano Garrette, CGGS had opportunities to take the lead in the third quarter, but Genazzano goalers and defence were unstoppable.
Year 9 Gems got off to a great start against Strathy Samurai, Gems played a great a game defeating Strathy 21-3. Year 9 Gems are now playing in the Grand Final on Saturday against Fintona Fury. Good luck Gems!
Year 10 Emeralds played the top team MA Tigers, CGGS played well in the first quarter but MA Tigers were more consistent, CGGS were defeated by 9 goals.
Year 11/12 Moonstones were defeated by MA Comets, this was the first time Moonstones made the Semi Finals and all players should be congratulated on their efforts throughout the years.
Year 12 Rubies played their last netball game for CGGS on Saturday, Rubies won the third quarter but MLC Purple were too strong on the day.
Congratulations goes to all CGGS teams who played in the Semi Finals, and good luck to the Year 9 Gems playing in the Grand Final on Saturday.
GSV Athletic Championships
This year the athletics team competed in Division 2 GSV Athletic Championships for the first time in 4 years which is an amazing achievement. All the girls have put in so much effort in preparation for the athletics season by committing to training sessions and improving their skills. Everyone has encouraged each other tremendously which has brought a sense of community among all girls involved. All the hard work put in has been reflected in our outstanding results as the Juniors came 6th, Intermediates placed 8th and Senior placed 5th in Division 2.
Our new coaches, Nick and Jo have been supportive and attentive to each of our individual needs as well as our needs as a whole team throughout the season. This has had a huge impact on the team evidently, as it has brought on a massive change since last year in not only the attitude towards athletics, but also the results. We are positive this is only the beginning for much more success in athletics. Congratulations to the following girls who have qualified for the GSV Athletic Finals Evening on Tuesday 11 September at Lakeside Stadium.
Frida Andreasen – 400m
Sasha Feldmann – Long Jump & High Jump
Juliana Chandrasekara – High Jump
Abbey Howard – 400m
Emily Arvidsson – High Jump
Megan Quach – Javelin
Tily Dunn – High Jump
Lucy Bartram – 100m, 200m & 4 x 100m Relay
Stephanie Cheah – 4 x 100m Relay
Eloise De Rauch – Discuss
Zoe Giagoudakis – Discuss, Shot Put & 4 x 100m Relay
Victoria Preston – High Jump
Bianca Phan – 100m, Long Jump & 4 x 100m Relay
Yasmin Tawfik – High Jump
Lucy and Bianca
Senior Athletics Captains
Robert De Castella Run
For the past few years Polly Plummer (Year 10) has participated in the Robert De Castella Run along the Yarra Boulevard in Kew. The money raised at this event is used to support fundraising for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, a health promotion charity that each year trains Indigenous Australians for the New York City Marathon. By the time they cross the finish line, their lives have changed forever, as they become inspirational role models.
This year Polly completed the 5km course in 21:50 minutes, making her the first female youth (aged 15-18) across the line. Polly and her team raised $400 for this charity. Congratulations to Polly for her personal achievement and for supporting such a worthy cause.
Donvale Junior Football
Emma Peak (Year 8), has been playing football with the Donvale Junior Football Club for three seasons and has just been awarded the Under 14 Girls, 2018 Best and Fairest Winner.
In the Best and Fairest Vote Count for 2018, Emma was the only player to score votes in every game, finishing 6 votes clear of the runner up. Her best effort for the year was a goal from the back of the centre square. See Emma photographed with her coach below. Congratulations Emma, outstanding effort.
During the last school holidays Hannah Moran (Year 11), attended the Calisthenics Nationals Competition in Canberra. Hannah’s commitment to her sport was rewarded when she was placed 3rd in her calisthenics solo competition and in the team competition was part of the team who were crowned National Champions, winning 6 out of 6 items. Outstanding results, congratulations Hannah.
Victorian Rhythmic Gymnastics
At the end of August Isabella Tremewen (Year 7), competed at the Victorian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships where she placed 4th in the Ribbon event. Issy’s team finished first overall and are Level 6 Victorian Champions. Well done Issy.
Interschool Snowsports Competition
From 22 to 25 August, three senior school girls competed in the Victorian Interschool Snowsports Competition at Mt Bulla. Teachers, Mrs Robinson and Ms Stevens, were there to show their support and provided a great deal of encouragement.
Snowsports is such an amazing event to participate in and we hope that in the next few years more girls will take part in this sport.
Claire Tremewen and Grace Raszewski
2018 Victorian Age Shortcourse Swimming Championships
Swimmers from the CGGS Aquatic team recently competed in the 2018 Victorian Age Shortcourse Swimming Championships. As a club, team members achieved 6 top 20 placings and 5 top 15 placings, which was a fantastic result.
Senior School student Anabel Car achieved an outstanding 4 PB’s in her 5 individual events, while Scarlett Giang competed wonderfully at this meet.
Congratulations to all who competed, producing quite extraordinary results.
Father’s Day Breakfast
It was a brisk but sunny morning at the annual Father’s Day Breakfast on Thursday 30 August. Over 140 fathers and daughters attended the breakfast with many wearing their favourite team scarf or jumper.
A delicious breakfast was enjoyed before the girls were given the opportunity to join together to play against their dads in 2018 Father Daughter Challenge Cup.
The junior students played Soccer against their dads where the final score resulted in a draw whilst the senior girls defeated the dads in a nail biting, well contested game of Basketball. For those wanting a less competitive activity, there were AFL handball and kick-to-kick activities on the oval. It was wonderful to see the girls and dads enjoying the morning filled with laughter and hugs from many.
As we head into the last week of Term 3 and the last Camnews for this term, I would like to wish you all the very best for the forthcoming break.
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School