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  1. As Principal, it is not my role to ascribe motives to any Federal or State/Territory decision. Schools are committed to supporting civic intent and acceptable societal norms and enriching them. I am hesitant in a crisis such as this to assign unworthy intentions to the decisions of the authorities. I acknowledge they have more facts and more responsibilities than I do. I see no reason to doubt that they are genuinely trying to save lives.

    From a world of ‘unknown unknowns’ to a world of ‘uncertain uncertainties’27 March

    As Principal, it is not my role to ascribe motives to any Federal or State/Territory decision. Schools are committed to supporting civic intent and acceptable societal norms and enriching them. I am hesitant in a crisis such as this to assign unworthy intentions to the decisions of the authorities. I acknowledge they have more facts and more responsibilities than I do. I see no reason to doubt that they are genuinely trying to save lives.

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  2. Last week, in an interview with ABC radio, a 96-year-old local resident described the qualities she believed, in her experience, have underpinned our society in times of greatest adversity. These qualities, she said, were kindness to others, resilience and being hope-filled people.

    Our history is instructive when predicting the future of Canberra Girls Grammar School27 March

    Last week, in an interview with ABC radio, a 96-year-old local resident described the qualities she believed, in her experience, have underpinned our society in times of greatest adversity. These qualities, she said, were kindness to others, resilience and being hope-filled people.

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  3. Update regarding COVID-1926 March

    Canberra Girls Grammar School is open and continuing to deliver its education program both online and on campus for those students whose parents are delivering essential services for our city.

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  4. My family, although not very musical now, played a few instruments. My dad played the accordion by ear. I have a European background so music was always within our household. My mum, when I was about ten, decided that I’d been singing so much around the house, she put me into a choir and a bunch of other activities, but singing came through in the end!

    Introducing Sonia Connor, Head of Choirs26 March

    My family, although not very musical now, played a few instruments. My dad played the accordion by ear. I have a European background so music was always within our household. My mum, when I was about ten, decided that I’d been singing so much around the house, she put me into a choir and a bunch of other activities, but singing came through in the end!

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  5. The Lifeline Mental Health Ambassador Program trains school students in supporting their peers. Alongside another group of girls, I took part in a two-day course where girls from Years 9-11 learn how to support others while looking after ourselves. We explored different mental health conditions and how to support someone with them, while also respecting our own mental health and boundaries. We also learnt how to start those difficult conversations, and how to listen properly and ensure our girls feel like they are being heard.

    Supporting others and looking after ourselves26 March

    The Lifeline Mental Health Ambassador Program trains school students in supporting their peers. Alongside another group of girls, I took part in a two-day course where girls from Years 9-11 learn how to support others while looking after ourselves. We explored different mental health conditions and how to support someone with them, while also respecting our own mental health and boundaries. We also learnt how to start those difficult conversations, and how to listen properly and ensure our girls feel like they are being heard.

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  6. Junior School and Senior School students are invited to submit an entry to our CGGS inaugural Anzac Day Poetry Competition. The winning poems will be published on the CGGS website and book prizes will be presented in Week 1 of Term 2.

    Anzac Day poetry competition26 March

    Junior School and Senior School students are invited to submit an entry to our CGGS inaugural Anzac Day Poetry Competition. The winning poems will be published on the CGGS website and book prizes will be presented in Week 1 of Term 2.

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  7. Given we are all looking differently at the world during this unprecedented time, we asked some of our professional staff in the Business Office to offer up tips and tricks for how to stay positive, offer help and stay connected to the community.

Nobody has a monopoly on good ideas and we hope the suggestions below are helpful and prompt you to think about innovative ways to approach ‘life as we know it’.

    So much more than Netflix and chill26 March

    Given we are all looking differently at the world during this unprecedented time, we asked some of our professional staff in the Business Office to offer up tips and tricks for how to stay positive, offer help and stay connected to the community. Nobody has a monopoly on good ideas and we hope the suggestions below are helpful and prompt you to think about innovative ways to approach ‘life as we know it’.

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  8. We spoke to five students from across the School to discover how they are approaching this extraordinary time. From friends, family (pets included!) and taking up new activities, each of them offer something we can all learn from.

    The power of a positive mindset26 March

    We spoke to five students from across the School to discover how they are approaching this extraordinary time. From friends, family (pets included!) and taking up new activities, each of them offer something we can all learn from.

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  9. Living with 70 girls, at times, can be challenging. But with ongoing support, the little things become microscopic.

The sisterhood within our ‘BoHo’ is the best possible representation of a big family – one that wants nothing but the best for everyone within it. No matter how old you are, where you come from or what you believe in, as boarders we know that when we get back to the boarding house, we will be surrounded by people we trust.

    A sense of sisterhood as boarders13 March

    Living with 70 girls, at times, can be challenging. But with ongoing support, the little things become microscopic. The sisterhood within our ‘BoHo’ is the best possible representation of a big family – one that wants nothing but the best for everyone within it. No matter how old you are, where you come from or what you believe in, as boarders we know that when we get back to the boarding house, we will be surrounded by people we trust.

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  10. How some people view the past is often a customised and revised version of the fact. We tend to view history through the lens of the present. The present, of course, reflects changed values, new attitudes and different contexts. A new chronology of generations owns the present day. Who precedes us and succeeds us in our professional life and in our social spaces matters. The upshot is that conditions can improve, but they may also decline. For the generations of women on the planet today, conditions in general have improved, and in some areas at a breathtaking speed in the last five to 10 years.

    From the Principal - Where I am, anything is possible13 March

    How some people view the past is often a customised and revised version of the fact. We tend to view history through the lens of the present. The present, of course, reflects changed values, new attitudes and different contexts. A new chronology of generations owns the present day. Who precedes us and succeeds us in our professional life and in our social spaces matters. The upshot is that conditions can improve, but they may also decline. For the generations of women on the planet today, conditions in general have improved, and in some areas at a breathtaking speed in the last five to 10 years.

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  11. An equal world is an enabled world. The 2020 International Women’s Day theme is ‘each for equal’. The theme explores topics such as gender equality emanating from a notion of collective individualism; the idea that all individual actions and behaviours collectively affect the larger community among us. Hence, suggesting our own behaviours can be the birth of change and improvement that we wish to see in society.

    Senior Council – understanding our fortunate opportunities13 March

    An equal world is an enabled world. The 2020 International Women’s Day theme is ‘each for equal’. The theme explores topics such as gender equality emanating from a notion of collective individualism; the idea that all individual actions and behaviours collectively affect the larger community among us. Hence, suggesting our own behaviours can be the birth of change and improvement that we wish to see in society.

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  12. In the Junior School we recognise and mark International Women’s Day in a wide variety of ways and this year is no different. While Sunday, 8 March was the official International Women’s Day, our school discussions and events spanned the week prior to this special day and our programs and practises, that relate to the 2020 complimentary themes - #EachForEqual and Generation Equality, will run for the whole school year.

    Recognising gender equality year-round13 March

    In the Junior School we recognise and mark International Women’s Day in a wide variety of ways and this year is no different. While Sunday, 8 March was the official International Women’s Day, our school discussions and events spanned the week prior to this special day and our programs and practises, that relate to the 2020 complimentary themes - #EachForEqual and Generation Equality, will run for the whole school year.

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  13. It has become a tradition for many of our boarders to participate in the Canberra Mother’s Day Classic – often with their own mums who visit Canberra for the weekend to mark the occasion.

    Join our boarders at Mother’s Day Classic13 March

    It has become a tradition for many of our boarders to participate in the Canberra Mother’s Day Classic – often with their own mums who visit Canberra for the weekend to mark the occasion.

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  14. Year 10 boarder, Alex Williamson, recently competed in three events held in the Snowy Mountains region. Alex placed 1st in the Snowy Mountain Bike Festival (15km race), 1st in the TreX Cross Triathlon (Junior category) and 3rd in the Sri Chinmoy Multi Sport Marathon, a team event where she did one of the run legs, held in Jindabyne last weekend. Congratulations on these incredible achievements, Alex!

    Student Achievements13 March

    Year 10 boarder, Alex Williamson, recently competed in three events held in the Snowy Mountains region. Alex placed 1st in the Snowy Mountain Bike Festival (15km race), 1st in the TreX Cross Triathlon (Junior category) and 3rd in the Sri Chinmoy Multi Sport Marathon, a team event where she did one of the run legs, held in Jindabyne last weekend. Congratulations on these incredible achievements, Alex!

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  15. If you would like to see teachers at their best, seek them out and have a conversation with them when they are up to elbows in a co-curricular activity, often outdoors and often out-of-hours. Co-curriculum, by definition, sits alongside the curriculum.

    From the Principal - Sharpen, Strengthen, Deepen28 February

    If you would like to see teachers at their best, seek them out and have a conversation with them when they are up to elbows in a co-curricular activity, often outdoors and often out-of-hours. Co-curriculum, by definition, sits alongside the curriculum.

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