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Senior School

October 18, 2019

After a three week holiday it was wonderful to welcome the students and staff back to Term 4. Hopefully all families enjoyed the extended break and were able to re-charge their batteries ready for the next 10 weeks.

This term we have welcomed 4 new families to the Senior School and it is pleasing to say the girls have settled in very well. I extend my thanks to their student buddies who always carry out this responsibility with great pride.

Our two overseas trips, to Cambodia and the USA were both immensely successful and I feel sure many of you had the pleasure of keeping up-to-date with the experiences and travels either via the school Facebook or Twitter pages. Many thanks to all the students who represented the school and themselves magnificently on these tours and, of course, to the staff who organised and conducted the trips.

This past few mornings some families may have noticed me welcoming students at the Torrington Street entrance. For me this is a lovely way to start the day and I hope to continue this as much as possible. I take this opportunity to respectfully ask that all our Senior School students are dropped off in the adjoining streets, rather than in the staff car parks. We need to ensure the safety of all our students and the main entrance and driveway is a walkway for our community.

In Senior School Assembly last week we acknowledged the outstanding achievements of Victoria Xiao, Isabelle Brisk and Chloe Law, who have succeeded in accomplishing their A Mus A Diplomas this semester. Victoria has achieved her diploma for cello, Isabelle has achieved her diploma for violin, and Chloe has achieved her diploma for piano. Chloe has also become only the second student at CGGS to achieve her A Mus A on two different instruments – congratulations Chloe! Emily Wu was the first student to achieve this incredible feat at CGGS only a few months ago.

We now have six students who have achieved their A Mus A diplomas this year. The girls will all receive their diploma certificates at a special ceremony later in the year. We would like to acknowledge their hours and hours of commitment and dedication to their music and celebrate the depth and talent of our CGGS musicians.

On Wednesday 9 October we had the great pleasure of welcoming Kate Eddy, Melbourne Vixens Netballer to speak to our students and their parents and to present our awards to the 2019 Saturday Netballers. Please see the full report of the evening and the recipients of the awards later in this article. I do take this opportunity to thank our volunteer coaches, past student coaches, our umpires and our CGGS Saturday Netball Coordinator Lexie Joyce for all the encouragement of our students throughout the year.

On Thursday 10 and Friday 11 our Year 9 students were involved in a Pop-Up Learning experience titled “World of Work”. Again, a more detailed summary of the days features later in this article. Again, we thank the many guest speakers, Trish Dolan our Careers Counsellor, Nirvana Watkins, Year 9 Coordinator and Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing (Curriculum and Programs), Kate Manners, Deputy Head of Senior School – Teaching and Learning and Dr Charlotte Forwood, Director of Learning Design and Development for their organisation of these exceptional days.

On Friday night the annual VCE Art Exhibition was formally opened and all present enjoyed the magnificent Studio Art and Visual Communication Design pieces created by our Year 11 and 12 students. Thank you to all in the Art Department and Maintenance Department as they brought Robinson Hall to life as a gallery. Also, many thanks to the Parents and Friends Association for providing the supper on the night.

This week in our Senior School assembly we had a guest presenter, Dr Vanessa Palmer, Adult and Paediatric Dermatologist, who spoke to us all on the topic of “The benefits of sun protection and why we should all be wearing hats”. Since hearing Dr Palmers compelling reasons for us all to take more care of our skin, I have invited expressions of interest from students wishing to be part of a working committee to discuss the importance of this message for CGGS. A number of students have replied positively to join this committee.

Nancy Huang Year 9, played a magnificent piano solo or Elegy Op.3 No .1 by Sergei Rachmaninov. We also acknowledged the Chinese Debating Team on their success in the Wei Cup. This is the largest Chinese High School debating competition in Victoria. This year, more than 200 debaters from 27 schools participated in the competition. This is the third year in which CCGS has joined the debate with 6 students coming from years 9, 10 and 11. The debate runs for over two months and we have successfully progressed through 5 rounds to reach the semi-final. With tremendous preparation, training and research, our Chinese debaters achieved third place this year and they are honoured to have been invited to compete in the Chinese Debating World Championship, held in Malaysia this coming December.

The Chinese debating captain, Christine Guan received a prestigious personal award as the best speaker for 2019 Xin Wei Cup. Congratulations to our talented debaters Christine Guan, Helena Liu, Suzy Zhu, Selina Wang, Lydia Wang and Angela Zhang for their enthusiasm and dedication. We wish them all the best for the World Championship in Malaysia in December.

We then had the pleasure of presenting House Badges to students who have contributed 30 points toward their House and School Badges to students who have shown 3 years commitment to one specific co-curricular area of Sport, Music, Drama or Service. The awards of House Colours and Blazer Pocket and Full Colours for School activities being awarded later in the week at our Year 10 – 12 Presentation Night.

This past week we have shared with our Year 12 cohort many lasts – their final Senior School Assembly led by the School Captains, Nikki Chen, Ellie Zhou and Stephanie Lysikatos (NES), Presentation Night where numerous students in Year 10 – 12 were acknowledged for their Academic, Citizenship and Co-curricular achievements throughout this year. And today the Year 12 students ran their own assembly with the theme of Jungle. The celebrations of the Class of 2019 were clever, humorous and extremely well planned. All-in-all it has been a wonderful week and we thank the Year 12 cohort for their fun-loving energy.

The initiatives implemented by NES throughout this year were quite unique and connected the school in a way that has been delightful to see. I have particularly enjoyed the quadrangle music performances and the intimacy of the connections between our most senior and junior students. I wish our three Captains, the extended leadership group of students, and indeed the entire Year 12 cohort the very best for their up-coming examinations. In time, I’m excited to hear of what is next in their adventures beyond CGGS.

In order to plan for 2020, the Uniform Committee, which includes staff and students have been considering over the past year all items of uniform and a decision has been made to phase out the 3/4 length sleeve sports top and the sports hoodie. From the end of 2020 these items are not to be worn by our students as part of their uniform. In their place there will be new House tops, and a 1/4 zip pullover to take the place of the hoodie.

 

Digital Wellbeing

We have completed surveying the CGGS community about digital wellbeing. Thank you to our students, teachers and families for your participation, which has helped us gather current data about our community’s technology usage and perceptions, including any concerns.

Now we begin the process of examining this data. It will be used to help inform our next steps as we work together to promote digital wellbeing. Our teachers have begun this process, by looking at some data trends and considering their implications. We have also had initial student focus group sessions and will be running more of these as we look at refining our shared expectations of device usage for learning. We are grateful that many parents have expressed an interest in participating in digital wellbeing forums and focus groups. Details of these opportunities will be published in upcoming editions of CamNews as well as results from our student, teacher and family surveys. We look forward to continuing our community’s focus on digital wellbeing throughout this term and in 2020.

Cathy Poyser and Felicity Carroll

 

Cambodia Service Learning Immersion Tour

During the term break, eighteen intrepid CGGS students in Years 10 and 11, accompanied by Ms Watkins, Ms Gordon and Miss Cheong travelled to Cambodia for the annual Service Learning Immersion Tour. The Tour supports our ongoing partnership with Green Gecko Project, an NGO based in Siem Reap which works with former street kids and their families, providing educational and employment opportunities. Students participating in the Tour participated in cultural exchange with the Green Gecko students, visited the temples in the Angkor complex and learnt to count and write their names in Khmer, as well as a few moves in the Khmer martial art of Bokator. CGGS students also had the opportunity to share prepared lessons in Art and STEM with the Geckos.

Our partnership with Green Gecko is supported by year-round fundraising efforts and this year students participating in the Tour raised nearly $12,000 to support Green Gecko. The significance of this opportunity for our students is reflected in the number of students who applied to be part of the program this year, and consequently we have two groups travelling to Cambodia this year: one in September and one in December.

As part of their itinerary, students had a chance to explore Khmer culture through a boat cruise at Lake Tonle Sap, a visit to the Phare Cambodian Circus, which trains performers in acrobatics and circus, and two days in a village homestay in the Kulen Mountain National Park, 2 hours north east of Siem Reap. While at the homestay, students had the opportunity to debrief with their tour leaders, reflect on the insights and connections that they made, and plan for opportunities to share their service experiences with the wider school community.

Included below are some of the students’ daily reflections from during the Tour:

 

Visiting the temples was an amazing experience and we loved being able to share this with our new Gecko friends. Getting to know their stories and having fun through jokes, allowed us to form new friendships, and we hope that these will grow throughout our trip and at home. The temples were absolutely breathtaking and definitely worth the walk through the heat!

Belinda Lemanis and Eloise Holwill

Today we had such a busy day. We visited the Banteay Srey temple (women’s temple) and this temple contrasted the others as it is made of pink sandstone rather than grey sandstone. Next we visited the Cambodian Landmine Museum, for a lot of us, this experience was confronting yet eye-opening and reminded us of our mission for this trip and why we are all here. A volunteer who has been involved with Aki Ra and the museum since he was injured by a landmine spoke to us about his story and the need for help in ensuring safety across the country from uncleared landmines left from the conflict. A shocking statistic that was shared with us is that 1 in 300 Cambodians are affected by land mines. Despite the first half of the day being challenging, the second was filled with fun and bonding as a group. We visited the Made in Cambodia market which was later followed by a visit to the Jaya House River Park Hotel, which is a 98% plastic free hotel. We spent the night at Phare Circus having dinner with the Geckos which was not only fun but gave us a chance to further make connections with them. This is only the 4th day of our trip and already have learnt so much and we can’t wait for what’s to come.

Claire Tremewen and Hannah Shillington

The most impactful moment for me today was when we went to the farm. As well as having so much fun playing with the Gecko kids, seeing them smiling, laughing, singing and screaming together while playing with the mud, made me realise that while materialistic items can bring you joy it’s the connections you make with other people and the time you spend with them that really mean the most to you. 

Emily Hoyle

USA Study Tour

Over the term 3 holidays, a group of 32 students and 4 teachers embarked on a thrilling adventure to the US for the 2019 USA Study Tour. The trip was an amazing opportunity, with many surprises, exciting experiences and unforgettable memories.

There were various highlights throughout the tour, so many that it was so hard to narrow down! For many of us, our favourite moments were at Space Camp, held at Kennedy Space Centre. Day three at the camp was our favourite day, as the activities we completed were hands-on astronaut exercises that resembled real astronaut training. These activities included building air rockets, working in microgravity conditions, working as a commander or pilot in missions, experiencing a simulation of landing and driving a rover on Mars, as well as exploring Mars through virtual reality and engaging in missions. The training that we completed not only gave us an insight into what it takes to become an astronaut, but also enabled us to gain new skills.

Another fantastic highlight we experienced was swimming with the manatees. Snorkelling alongside them was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and we were even able to touch these amazing creatures in their habitats. We also undertook some unexpected learning at the manatee centre as we learnt about how Florida has adapted the manatees’ habitats, as they are currently endangered by climate change. Likewise, a highlight and definitely a do not miss was Universal Studios. We not only managed to snag a photo with Spiderman, but we also went to Harry Potter Land and Jurassic Park. The rides at Universal were amazing, with the Incredible Hulk being our personal favourite. Overall, the trip was an incredible experience that not only strengthened our interest in space and science, but also created a unique bond between all the girls on the tour. Special thanks to Mr Maycock, Mrs Lemanis, Mr Pas and Mrs Hepworth for organising this extraordinary but enormous trip, and everyone else who was involved.

Charity Tu and Natalie Hudono

Independent Schools Victoria – 2019 Student Art Exhibition

It is with great pleasure that we share the success story of Art and Design students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School. As the result of a highly selective process, twenty-six of our students have had the opportunity to share their creative achievements in the 2019 Independent Schools Victoria’s Student Art Exhibition, which opened this week in the Docklands. Several of our current students and families, along with past Year 12 students attended the opening night and had the opportunity to celebrate the display of specially selected artworks from twelve different independent schools, in a professional gallery setting.

The exhibition is a collection from 2018 artistic achievements, including five Year 8 abstracted still life acrylics on canvas by Bethany Orme, Olivia Banitsiotis, Shermaine Balamban, Opal Liu, and Amelia Westerman.

Four Year 9 appropriated portraits by Anna Xiang, Minh Nguyen, Carol Wei, and Manisha Wickramasinghei.

Twelve Year 9 Mandela cut out collages by Minh Nguyen, Yuqing Chi, Himalini Kathirgamanathan, Eva Huang, Tiffany Tse, Emma Zhi, Lydia Liting Xu, Chantelle Chuang, Aalisha Wong, Catherine Hu, Annalise Cossenas, and Lucy Zhang.

Two Year 11 students, portrait oil painting by Shivani Gupta and an embroidered portrait photograph by Bonnie Thorn. These appear along with three of our 2018 Year 12 students, Annie Yao’s a short film “What are you rushing around for?”; Serena Chan’s acrylic on canvas “tOuCH”; and Joy Zhou’s art set of an acrylic painting on canvas with a ceramic sculpture “Flowing Through Clouds”.

The Exhibition is open to the public so we highly recommend going to see our students beautiful work.

Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm & Saturday 1pm – 3pm,  until late November
Venue: SE-G08, Ground Floor, Wharf Street, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Sustainability at CGGS

The role of Sustainability Coordinator is new at CGGS this year, however, sustainability has long been a focus of the whole school. Teachers over the past decades have overseen connections to sustainability through the curriculum (especially in Geography and Science), through our co-curricular group FROGGIES which engages in fundraising and environmental campaigns, and through one-off projects. The original solar panels for the school were the result of fundraising by the student body and key staff, which saw $10,000 raised for the project.

Other aspects of the school well and truly live by the 5 Rs of refuse, reduce, reuse, rot and recycle. We are increasingly seeking out new opportunities to reduce our energy use and the smart lighting systems throughout the school reflect that. We are currently working to reduce our paper usage, which sees students using a variety of other tools in their learning, such as writeable documents. Our maintenance and landscaping teams see that resources are not wasted. Wooden furniture throughout staff rooms and offices is created from old desks or pews. Where possible chairs are reupholstered instead of being replaced. Green waste from throughout the grounds is composted on site and reused on the gardens. Plantings are designed with species indigenous to the area, to further reduce water use.

2019 sees the introduction of the role of Sustainability Coordinator, and the inaugural year of the Year 7 Service Learning Program. With a focus this year on waste, Year 7 students are engaged in reducing their waste through the creation of beeswax wraps, and the use of these in a nude food campaign. As part of this, students are learning about the problems associated with ocean plastic, and also donating fundraising proceeds to local environment groups.

As sustainability formally flourishes at CGGS, we are seeking out partnerships for this ongoing work. If you or someone close to you could enrich this experience for our students and the school, please contact Maggie Wighton.

Read more about this years Year 7 Service Learning program below, with a reflection from two students.

In Year 7, we have been focusing on environmental issues as a service learning project. This includes having a visit from zero waste advocate Erin Rhodes, creating beeswax wraps to put in our nude food lunches and the nude food campaign and fundraising. In the first term of year 7, Erin Rhodes spoke to us about her lifestyle and how this was helping the environment. We were all amazed at the small amount of waste she produced in a year and she shared some useful tips and ways that helped her achieve this. She had all the plastic she used in this little jar at home to make sure she kept track of how much rubbish she used. Following this, we made beeswax wraps, which are a reusable substitute for disposable plastics in our lunchboxes. They are useful for storing food to last a long period of time. Students volunteered to be involved in fundraising at House Dance and House Music events, running a low-waste retro lolly stall. Each form in year 7 also competed in a nude food challenge. Every Tuesday we would try to bring nude food lunches to school and the winning form had the chance to select an organisation our donations would go to, along with a casual clothes day. Our donations went to the Port Phillip Eco Centre and Beach Patrol organisations. These experiences helped us to be more mindful of our small actions and changing them so we can help the environment throughout our busy lives.

The Year 7s also learnt about the 5 R’s: Refuse – Refusing single use plastic, straws and other items that will immediately go to landfill and will stay there permanently, Reduce – reducing the amount of products you buy and to use natural, homemade items to reduce the amount of general waste we create, Reuse – replacing disposable products to sustainable alternatives to reuse them and if things break, try to fix & repair them instead, Recycle – after refusing, reducing and reusing, there isn’t much left to do. You can just clean & seperate your recycling properly and recycle them in the correct bin, Rot – turning your scraps & food leftovers into compost or setting up your own composting bin. The 5 R’s has helped us year 7’s to learn more about what we should do with our rubbish and to be more mindful of where it goes and what it can do to our environment.

Many people say there is a need to protect the environment, but do not really make any effort to do anything about it. At Year 7, we are trying to make change in our own lives, at home and at school. On November 26th, all Year 7 students will be involved in a Waste Conference held at the school, working together to envisage a future with reduced waste.

Romy Mead and Katrina Tong

White Ribbon Day Event

On Wednesday 16 October, six Year 10 students had the opportunity to attend the Boroondara White Ribbon Day where the focus was to ‘Stand Up, Speak Out and Act’. There was a large audience in attendance which included students from a number of local schools as well as members of the local community. The keynote speaker was former world number 4 tennis player, Jelena Dokic, who provided a very honest account of the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

She spoke candidly about her innate desire to improve and win, but also how this often resulted in greater abuse from her father. Dokic told the audience about how she suffered in silence and about her lowest moments. While she looks back now with pride in the amazing results she achieved as a tennis player, those results are all tainted due to the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. The way that Dokic has turned her life around is inspiring, with a big focus for her now in mentoring and coaching. She is a powerful voice for many and provides hope for victims of abuse. One of the key messages of her address was to speak up. There are so many more resources available today and she reminded the audience that victims need not suffer in silence like she did – there is help out there.

The Year 10 students were inspired by Dokic’s courage to speak so openly about her experience with abuse. They were grateful for the opportunity to hear her story as well as her advice for us as a community in tackling men’s violence against women.

Saturday Netball Presentation Evening

The Saturday Netball Presentation Evening was held last Wednesday 9 October. Guest speaker Kate Eddy from the Melbourne Vixens spoke about her netball career through the Netball Victoria pathway, inspiring many of the students. Most Valuable Player, Coach’s Award, Umpiring Recognition and Coaching Recognition awards was presented by Kate Eddy to many students. Congratulations goes to the following students on their awards from the Saturday Netball Winter Season.

MVP Awards

Year 5 Jets – Maria Lin

Year 5 Opals – Abbey Marcou

Year 6 Topaz – Lily Thomas and Sophie Towns

Year 7 Quartz – Helena Mauder

Year 7 Pearl – Sofia Sanfilippo

Year 8 Silver – Jessica Lee

Year 8 Jade – Monique Thorp

Year 9 Gold – Sarah Sun

Year 9 Diamonds – Natasha Mak

Year 9 Aquamarines – Annabel Plummer

Year 9 Amber – Bianca Coles

Year 10 Turquoise – Renee Fong

Year 10 Gems – Chelsea Ellingworth

Year 11 Tanzanites – Tara Hoopmann

Year 11 Emeralds – Loren Palma

Year 12 Moonstones – Isabella Lincke

Year 12 Crystals – Isobel Arnot

Coach’s Awards

Year 5 Jets – Christina Weickhardt

Year 5 Opals – Rithanyaa Prakash

Year 6 Topaz – Jessie Chen

Year 7 Quartz – Imogen Morriss

Year 7 Pearl – Mia Paulse

Year 8 Silver – Charlotte Drew

Year 8 Jade – Emma Jamieson

Year 9 Gold – Charlotte Brown

Year 9 Diamonds – Charli Lincke

Year 9 Aquamarines – Olivia Banitsiotis

Year 9 Amber – Sacha Chene

Year 10 Turquoise – Catherine Hu

Year 10 Gems – Sarah Stephen

Year 11 Tanzanites – Annalise Yap

Year 12 Moonstones – Rehana Padmanathan

Year 12 Crystals – Lucy Bartram

Coach’s Recognition Award

Ashley Tang-Chong

Umpire Recognition Award

Isobel Arnot

 

Jewish Holocaust Centre Excursion

On Monday 7 October, the Year 10 History students visited the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick as part of their study of Nazi Germany and World War II.

Our History students had the unique chance to speak with Holocaust survivor John Chaskiel about his experiences. Born in Weilun, Poland in 1929, John was 10 years old when the Nazis invaded. While they placed restrictions on the rights of Jewish people, life seemed to proceed as normal until 1941, when John’s father was murdered by a Nazi officer. At the age of 12, John was taken to a labour camp in Poznan and forced to build roads. He escaped and was hidden by a Catholic Priest for nearly a year. He tried to find his family in Wielun, but found they had been deported. He then travelled Lodz Ghetto, hoping to find his family, and found his older sister. In 1944, John was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and undertook forced labour. As the Soviet Red Army liberated Poland from the Nazis, John and thousands of other slave labourers undertook a death march to Buchenwald Concentration camp in Germany. He was then liberated by the US army in 1945. By this time, John was 15 years old and orphan. He joined a group of ‘Buchenwald Boys’ who decided to emigrate to Australia after the war. John appealed to our girls to always empathise with and understand others, and never give in hatred of those who are different.

After talking to John, the girls broke into small groups to undertake guided discussions of the Holocaust Centre’s museum exhibits. The museum contains a range of artefacts and artworks donated by the some of the 27,000 Holocaust survivors who settled in Australia after World War II, as well as their families. Many students chose to leave a personal reflection in the centre’s visitor book, and our girls lit a candle to symbolically keep alive the memory of the 6 million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust.

Year 9 World of Work Conference

The final Year 9 Conference ‘World of Work’ took place over two days this week, rounding out a great sequence of dynamic Seasonal Learning opportunities for our students. With a specific focus on introducing students to the CGGS Careers Program, led by Trish Dolan, this custom designed experience, developed and created by Nirvana Watkins, James Henderson, Kate Manners and Charlotte Forwood, enabled students to purposefully explore #myfuture and the mindset and actions that will enable their successful transition to the future of work.

These two days provided students with the opportunity to identify and foster a variety of competency and dispositional skills to build a foundation upon which they can develop their repertoire over the ensuing years. This foundation included creating resumes, establishing an e-portfolio and practising interview skills.

Engaging in a variety of activities, beginning with a mentoring breakfast supported by the OGA where students heard from Melinda Woodlock, Talent Sourcing and Attraction Lead at Ernst & Young, the two days also play an integral role in preparing students for work experience placements, part time jobs and paid employment in their career path. This skill identification and development will be a vital part of their career journey as careers are transformed in a rapidly changing world, and students gain experience across organisations and industries.

Chess Victorian State Finals Tournament

On Friday 13 September, five CGGS students; Emily Lin, Bethany Orme, Kelly Ta, Sophie Chang and Katrina Tong participated in the Open Chess Zonal Qualification Tournament at St. Catherine’s School, Toorak where they competed against boys and girls from many different schools over seven rounds. Our girls were highly successful in their matches and finished as champions of the Girls competition. In addition, Emily Lin was placed 3rd overall in the individual category. These fabulous results meant that the team qualified to represent the school at the Victorian State Chess Championships (Girls Division) on Tuesday 15 October. Held each year, this prestigious event matches the top players in the state against each other. The winner of this competition progresses to the National Championships in Canberra, where they represent Victoria.

With some expert coaching from old grammarian Alanna Chew Lee (part of last year’s Camberwell Girls Chess Team) and lots of practice ensured that the team were as prepared as possible. Seven individual games were played by each student to determine both individual and overall team rankings.

In a packed hall with many parents and teachers from competing schools looked on the rounds progressed with positions changing frequently with wins, draws and losses tallied in real time.

The competition was of the highest level and fully tested each player’s skill, concentration perseverance and determination along with careful time management. There was little to separate the teams by the completion of the tournament with only two points separating 2nd to 6th place, with the Camberwell Girls Grammar team finishing 5th overall. Congratulations to Emily, Bethany, Kelly, Sophie and Katrina on a most successful result and we look forward to more success in the future.  I would also like to acknowledge some individual placings with Sophie Chang 4th overall and Emily Lin 6th overall.

We would like to thank Mrs Helen Pappas and Ms Liza Stevens for their ongoing support and encouragement of the Chess team throughout the year. A reminder for all girls who may be interested in Chess Club, meetings are held every Tuesday in Q201.

Chinese Museum

On Monday 14 October, all of the students in Year 9 studying Chinese participated in an excursion to the Chinese Museum located in China town. The excursion aimed to give us all an insight into Chinese-Australian history and culture, and it was definitely very informative and interesting. We all embarked on a museum tour, where we learnt about migration, identity, fashion, tradition and ancient history, food and medicine, and many other topics.

On our tour, one of the highlights was seeing one of the dragons used in Chinese New Year celebrations, and the one that was displayed was named the ‘Millennium Dragon’. This dragon is the second largest in Australia! After completing the tour, we had the opportunity to participate in a Kung Fu workshop, where we mainly learnt about how martial arts can be used in different situations, particularly in situations where we, particularly as girls and women, may be in situations where our safety is compromised. We learnt basic self-defence techniques to help us in these circumstances, and though it being extremely beneficial and educational, we all had a lot of fun along the way! The Chinese excursion was definitely an eye-opening experience for all of us, we learnt a lot and it was an overall extremely enjoyable day!

Teagan Diep

I wish you all a restful weekend.

 

Warm Regards,

Cathy Poyser
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School