Saying goodbye is never easy and this year was definitely no exception, in fact it was much harder as we celebrated all the final events with our Year 12 Class of 2020, who had been learning remotely for so much of this year.
On Monday 26 October our traditional Leaver’s Service which normally takes place in the Barbara Sutton Hall with the students from Years 6 – 11 watching on, along with all our teaching staff and the parents of Year 12, this year was live streamed to classrooms and parents. Due to COVID restrictions only one Year 12 Form was permitted in the hall at any time, however as we have throughout the year with all other events and activities, we adapted and can proudly say every student was recognised and her time at CGGS celebrated.
Another CGGS tradition is the Year 12 Assembly and final Bell ringing on their last day of lessons. As we have seen with this cohort throughout their journey in the Senior School, the Class of 2020’s bright personalities and graciousness ensured their Celebration Day was uplifting for all. The Senior School was decorated with colourful streamers, fun memes and posters and all students and staff were welcomed to school on the day with glitter sanitiser. In Period 4 the Year 12’s held their assembly outside, and the younger levels watched on through a live stream. Again, this was an upbeat and humorous look at their journey through Senior School and the year that was 2020.
The significance of the final Bell at 3:25pm on the last day for the Year 12’s has taken on new significance since we have become a bell free school. Whilst the Year 12’s have always gathered under the clock tower in the quadrangle, with all staff and students lining the balconies and counting down to 3:25pm with the singing of hymns, this year all the students and staff were in classrooms and we also live streamed this event. Not even the rain that also started right on 3:25pm, could dampen the spirits of our masked Year 12’s.
In the evening we held our Valedictory Dinner virtually. The Year 12 students along with their parents enjoyed a magnificent in-home dining experience with thanks to our Parents and Friends Association and our partnership for this event with Mornington Peninsula winery and restaurant, Ten Minutes by Tractor. The technology on the night ensured all our usual Valedictory Dinner proceedings were able to be shared. Speeches were mostly live, and the zoom break out rooms for each of the courses enabled us to mingle. The red-carpet entry of each student was certainly a highlight and again a meaningful / thoughtful touch on behalf of our IT Department.
On behalf of the Senior School, I wish to thank all the students, parents and staff involved in making each of the Year 12 celebrations so memorable.
In the midst of these events, we welcomed back our remaining students, those in Years 8 – 10. And the timing was perfect so that they could all experience the traditions, even if through live streams to their classes. Having all of our students and teachers back onsite has allowed friendships to rekindle, laughter in the corridors and the chatter those of us who have been working onsite throughout have desperately missed.
As we slowly return to a more normal environment in terms of school activities and we are pleased to share with families that from Monday 9 November we will begin what we hope will herald a safe return to our co-curricular activities.
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School
Return to Sport
We are very excited to reintroduce Athletics and Swimming training for term 4. Athletics training will take place on the oval on Mondays from 3.30pm-4.30pm and Swimming training will be in the pool on Thursdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm.
For the remainder of this year all Athletics and Swimming training will require students to sign up via a Microsoft form to indicate their interest in training each week. The link for next week is below and will also be emailed to students weekly. Students will then receive an email to confirm their spot at least one day before their training session.
Returning to sport training in a safe, hygienic and controlled manner is paramount to CGGS. The School has many COVID safe procedures in place which include additional cleaning and sanitising, no spectators, adherence to specific physical distancing and contract tracing procedures. Sport specific procedures are as follows.
Athletics – Mondays from 3.30-4.30pm
> Students may wear their PE uniform all day.
> Students will meet on the oval and sanitize their hands before and after the training session.
> There will be a maximum of 10 students per coach. These groups will not mix or change during the session.
Swimming – Thursdays from 3.30-4.30pm
> Students will get changed into their bathers in the Senior School bathrooms (not the pool changerooms) at the end of the School day and go home in their bathers after training. The disabled toilet in the pool may be used during training sessions but is not for changing. Students will be able to use the changerooms after year 12 exams.
> Students will enter the pool via the outside doors near the Food Studies kitchen.
There is a maximum of 20 students per session, with 4 students in each lane.
Head of Sport
VIRTUAL VCE ART EXHIBITION – NOW OPEN
Camberwell Girls Grammar School is pleased to invite its school community to explore our virtual VCE Art Exhibition.
Both Year 11 and Year 12 students across Studio Art and Visual Communication Design have contributed works for this annual VCE Art Exhibition. This exhibition realises our students’ incredible resilience and perseverance. Despite many weeks away from school and from the Art room, the students have continued to exceed our expectations.
Click on the image below to view an introduction video to the VCE Art Exhibition by our Head of Art and Design, Rachael Miller.
You can enter the virtual VCE Art Exhibition via the link below, where you’ll be able to explore the exhibition using your mouse or the keyboard arrows.
If you would prefer to just look at a catalog of the pieces in the exhibition, you can do so by clicking the button below.
On behalf of the VCE Studio Art and Visual Communication Design students and teachers, we hope you enjoy the 2020 VCE Art Exhibition.
Head of Art & Design
Last week students in Year 10 had the joy of meeting up with our Year 10 and 11 Green Gecko friends from Cambodia. The Green Gecko Project are the group we visit during our Service Learning Tour every year.
We took the opportunity to make contact on Zoom, to check in and see how the Geckos have been faring this year. Our students and the Gecko students prepared some questions to ask each other.
It was wonderful to see the Geckos’ smiling faces and hear their friendly voices. This group, who we have contact with each year, are some of the most friendly and positive people you will meet and speaking with them certainly brightened our day.
After a round of introductions, we dove into our questions and took turns asking and answering the questions covering topics such as: education and school during the pandemic, communication, restrictions, and how we take care of the people around us.
Some things we found we had in common:
“We both really miss school because we can’t socialise as much or see our friends. We both value seeing our community and connecting with others.”
What left an impression:
“They asked lots of questions about the poorer people in our communities and asked about how we help them.”
“We thought their positivity and confidence was so amazing, but it was a bit sad how they said they couldn’t see any positives from this situation because of how many people lost their jobs over there.”
“We all really enjoyed the experience, we thought it provided it with a great insight on the differences between life in lockdown in Cambodia and Australia, and they were all so nice and so enthusiastic!”
“The Geckos are very community-minded and selfless people. It was amazing to hear they are running food banks to support others that can’t afford things during this time.”
We found there were plenty of similarities between our experiences this year but there were also some differences that came through when the Geckos’ asked us questions about supplies and providing for our families. Students from both groups were so thoughtful in the way they discussed their experiences with each other.
We are currently coming up with a challenge for them and they are coming up with one for us! And we are also thinking of ways we can partner with them if we won’t be able to visit in the near future.
Head of Service Learning
Colour Your Threads
On Wednesday 4 November our school community celebrated the “Colour your threads” initiative, in recognition of the incredible strength that the CGGS community has shown over the last year, and in recognition of World Positive Education Day.
All student and staff dressed in brightly coloured, happy clothes as way to say thank you for the support, grit, growth mindset and resilience shown, and to recognise the strength of character of each individual and our CGGS community as a whole.
A video titled ‘From Strength to Strength in Tough Times’ was also shared with all student and staff, and was great reminder of all that we have achieved this year.
Parents can access the video here: Video: A celebration of CGGS
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing