Welcome from the Principal

Welcome back to Term 4 – I hope that quality family time was a major part of the holiday break for you.

The new building program at the ELC is very much on track and the enrolment application response to the extra places available has been extraordinary. It speaks volumes for the trust in the quality education offered in the ELC and the staff lead by Mrs Kate Columbine. Their commitment to building a community whose purpose is to create a world filled with possibilities and opportunities has been recognized nationally as a benchmark for ELC education delivery.

Term 4 is an exceedingly busy one for both the Junior and Senior School communities. On both campuses there is a sense of sadness as the Year 6 and Year 12 students finish their respective journeys at that level. We look forward to welcoming the Year 6 students into Year 7 and will be working with the Year 12s on their post-school plans, applications and letters of reference.

We have just finished round one of the 2019 Senior Student leaders’ selection process – School Captain, School Vice-Captain, Service Captain, SRC and House Captains. In excess of forty students nominated for these leadership positions alone and we are delighted to announce the successful candidates here. We will now begin the next round of elections for co-curricular and club leadership roles. The letters of application, SONRU presentations, speeches to the full school assembly and the final shortlisted round of interviews were amazing – not surprising at all when you get to experience day to day life with the wonderful role models we have here at CGGS - but amazing all the same.

I would like to finish by sharing a selection of quotes from their letters of application which I believe speak to the influence of the all-girls environment here at CGGS:

‘As future world leaders, here at Canberra Girls Grammar, students must spark positive change in the world, be people who genuinely care and want the world to be a better place.’

‘There is an immense sense of pride when walking into the school too; the Grammar Girl green is steeped in tradition of the girls before myself. The history of CGGS is filled with girls learning to become powerful and empowered women.’

‘I have always been proud to call myself a Grammar Girl because of the way CGGS – the school and the community – embraces and empowers every single student. Coming to the school feels like coming home, and I put this down to the precedent of kindness, responsibility and pride set each year by the Senior Council.’

‘My second objective is to lead by example. By this I mean not just by being a good role model in behaviour, but by also being authentic to myself and my values. The School has always encouraged individuality and one of the most important things I have learnt during my time here has been confidence in myself.’

‘The sisterhood and small community that we call the boarding house is created by ever girl and tutor who lives here and calls it home.’

‘CGGS is an environment that cultivates holistic and rich education.’

‘I have always been proud to call myself a Grammar Girl because of the way CGGS – the school and the community – embraces and empowers every single student. Coming to the school feels like coming home, and I put this down to the precedent of kindness, responsibility and pride set each year by the Senior Council.’

‘The school has given me the chance to reach for the stars but feel comfortable in being myself. CGGS has allowed me to dare to dream and the opportunity to excel across all aspects – academically, musically, physically, spiritually. When I succeed CGGS celebrates my success, when I fall short CGGS encourages me to learn and keep moving forward.’

Have a great term!

Peter Milligan
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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