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  1. As we near the end of Semester 1 assessments, and for our Year 12, trial AST exams, I observe students rising to the occasion as they move through this challenging period. As educators and parents, it is our role to teach, guide and support them to build up trust in their own abilities and understand that while things will not always be smooth sailing, some of the most gratifying achievements come after a period of adversity. A confronting statistic states that 24 out of 40 British prime ministers (up until 1970) lost a parent in childhood or adolescence. I do not wish that upon any child, however, it is a compelling example of how adversity can result in one achieving greatly.

    From the Principal – Resilience – 21.6.19

    As we near the end of Semester 1 assessments, and for our Year 12, trial AST exams, I observe students rising to the occasion as they move through this challenging period. As educators and parents, it is our role to teach, guide and support them to build up trust in their own abilities and understand that while things will not always be smooth sailing, some of the most gratifying achievements come after a period of adversity. A confronting statistic states that 24 out of 40 British prime ministers (up until 1970) lost a parent in childhood or adolescence. I do not wish that upon any child, however, it is a compelling example of how adversity can result in one achieving greatly.

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  2. Our Senior School Debaters have been in action, with the Year 12 team winning the ACT Debating Union Advanced Open Final Seniors. Congratulations to Elisabeth Abhayaratna, Bianca Barrass-Borzatti, Ailin He and Nithya Mathew! The Year 11 team, comprising Claire Harris, Gemma Hudson and Isabel Ritchie were the runners up. Meanwhile, our Year 10 team – Jaimie Noonan, Ashwini Sivakumar and Abigail Worswick – were runners up in the Senior Open (Years 9-10) competition.

    Student Achievements – 21.6.19

    Our Senior School Debaters have been in action, with the Year 12 team winning the ACT Debating Union Advanced Open Final Seniors. Congratulations to Elisabeth Abhayaratna, Bianca Barrass-Borzatti, Ailin He and Nithya Mathew! The Year 11 team, comprising Claire Harris, Gemma Hudson and Isabel Ritchie were the runners up. Meanwhile, our Year 10 team – Jaimie Noonan, Ashwini Sivakumar and Abigail Worswick – were runners up in the Senior Open (Years 9-10) competition.

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  3. Canberra Girls Grammar School is proudly an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering two IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Reception to Year 6 and the Diploma Programme (DP) in Years 11 and 12. We are one of 5,088 IB World Schools in 156 countries that shares in the vision of empowering young people with the knowledge, skills and values to create a better and more peaceful world.

    Being an IB World School – 21.6.19

    Canberra Girls Grammar School is proudly an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering two IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Reception to Year 6 and the Diploma Programme (DP) in Years 11 and 12. We are one of 5,088 IB World Schools in 156 countries that shares in the vision of empowering young people with the knowledge, skills and values to create a better and more peaceful world.

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  4. As we move into shorter days and cooler mornings it is often difficult to convince ourselves that physical activity is really necessary. I was disappointed to read the articles and the angles taken in the last few weeks about young women and adolescent girls leaving team sports.

    From the Principal – staying active – 7.6.19

    As we move into shorter days and cooler mornings it is often difficult to convince ourselves that physical activity is really necessary. I was disappointed to read the articles and the angles taken in the last few weeks about young women and adolescent girls leaving team sports.

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  5. Pip Nicoll (Year 10) and Georgia Evans (Year 8) competed at the National Capital Horse Trials Association Eventer Trials last Sunday. Pip and Georgia won first prize for costume and came 5th in a field of 20 in the open pairs cross country. Georgia went on to place 2nd in the individual Junior 60cm Hunter Trials (show jumping and cross country).

    Student Achievements – 6.6.19

    Pip Nicoll (Year 10) and Georgia Evans (Year 8) competed at the National Capital Horse Trials Association Eventer Trials last Sunday. Pip and Georgia won first prize for costume and came 5th in a field of 20 in the open pairs cross country. Georgia went on to place 2nd in the individual Junior 60cm Hunter Trials (show jumping and cross country).

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  6. In the Junior School, we help students discover there are so many fun and enjoyable physical activities, to suit different interests, and all abilities, shapes, and sizes. As educators, we do so much more than teaching physical skills and rules of the game.

    PE in the Junior School – more than just skills and rules – 6.6.19

    In the Junior School, we help students discover there are so many fun and enjoyable physical activities, to suit different interests, and all abilities, shapes, and sizes. As educators, we do so much more than teaching physical skills and rules of the game.

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  7. After months of preparation, Wicked came to life at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

    Wicked wraps after sold out shows – 23.5.19

    After months of preparation, Wicked came to life at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

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  8. The Music Academy kicked off its 2019 Concert Series with the Together in Music concert on Friday, 5 April. Involving a large number of CGGS staff, students and members of the wider community, it is one of the biggest events on the music calendar.

    Together in Music – 23.5.19

    The Music Academy kicked off its 2019 Concert Series with the Together in Music concert on Friday, 5 April. Involving a large number of CGGS staff, students and members of the wider community, it is one of the biggest events on the music calendar.

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  9. We never forget those people, places and organisations that shape us and this school is one such place. It shapes and is shaped by those who attend as students, but equally shapes and is shaped by those who accept the call to engage. I accept humbly, and with great depth of feeling, the invitation to join the CGGS community as the 15th Principal.

    From the Principal – Commissioning – following the greats – 23.5.19

    We never forget those people, places and organisations that shape us and this school is one such place. It shapes and is shaped by those who attend as students, but equally shapes and is shaped by those who accept the call to engage. I accept humbly, and with great depth of feeling, the invitation to join the CGGS community as the 15th Principal.

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  10. Please remember you will only see notices from the time of your first login (you cannot access notices retrospectively to the time before you first logged in).

    Have you logged in to Agora yet? – 23.5.19

    Please remember you will only see notices from the time of your first login (you cannot access notices retrospectively to the time before you first logged in).

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  11. As we move towards our centenary year, we find ourselves looking back to our history more than ever. Founders’ Day festivities this year took on a new sense of importance as we honoured old customs and created new traditions

    Old customs and new traditions - Founders' Day – 9.5.19

    As we move towards our centenary year, we find ourselves looking back to our history more than ever. Founders’ Day festivities this year took on a new sense of importance as we honoured old customs and created new traditions

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  12. To honour Mother’s Day, we asked Sue Hart (Grant, 1972) to give us her thoughts on what the day means to her.

Sue's association with CGGS began in 1971, joining the School in Year 11 and becoming School Vice Captain and Kilburn Swimming Captain in 1972. Her two daughters, Madeleine (2000) and Stephanie (2005) joined the school in 1996. Sue was appointed to the School Board in 2000. She was previously a member and Deputy President of the P&F and President of the Grammarians' Association. Sue runs her own successful secretariat and governance services business, following careers in federal politics and the public service.

    Sue Hart on Mother's Day – 9.5.19

    To honour Mother’s Day, we asked Sue Hart (Grant, 1972) to give us her thoughts on what the day means to her. Sue's association with CGGS began in 1971, joining the School in Year 11 and becoming School Vice Captain and Kilburn Swimming Captain in 1972. Her two daughters, Madeleine (2000) and Stephanie (2005) joined the school in 1996. Sue was appointed to the School Board in 2000. She was previously a member and Deputy President of the P&F and President of the Grammarians' Association. Sue runs her own successful secretariat and governance services business, following careers in federal politics and the public service.

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  13. At the end of the April holidays, the CGGS Equestrian team participated in the Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition in Jindabyne. Sixteen riders, comprising Junior and Senior School students put in an incredible effort, finishing equal 8th place in a field of 54 schools, a tremendous effort by all our riders and a wonderful opportunity to see students from both campuses coming together to compete as a team.

    Student Achievements – 8.5.19

    At the end of the April holidays, the CGGS Equestrian team participated in the Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition in Jindabyne. Sixteen riders, comprising Junior and Senior School students put in an incredible effort, finishing equal 8th place in a field of 54 schools, a tremendous effort by all our riders and a wonderful opportunity to see students from both campuses coming together to compete as a team.

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  14. Year 7 students, Maggie Burdon and Chloe Douglas-Byrne competed at the recent NSW Swimming State Championships at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre. Chloe, who competed in seven events, and Maggie, who competed in six, both made final placings in their pet events: Chloe 4th in 50 freestyle and 7th in 50 butterfly; Maggie 8th in 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle. All three girls train under Les Barklay at the CGGS pool in the mornings and achieved personal best times in all their events. Chloe and Maggie also achieved finals placings at the NSW Swimming Country Championships at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in February, with Chloe winning a bronze medal in the 12 years 100 freestyle.

    Student Achievements – 12.4.19

    Year 7 students, Maggie Burdon and Chloe Douglas-Byrne competed at the recent NSW Swimming State Championships at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre. Chloe, who competed in seven events, and Maggie, who competed in six, both made final placings in their pet events: Chloe 4th in 50 freestyle and 7th in 50 butterfly; Maggie 8th in 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle. All three girls train under Les Barklay at the CGGS pool in the mornings and achieved personal best times in all their events. Chloe and Maggie also achieved finals placings at the NSW Swimming Country Championships at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in February, with Chloe winning a bronze medal in the 12 years 100 freestyle.

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  15. As Term 1 ends, I have encouraged the students to continue to reflect on their short-term triumphs, to be grateful and show gratitude for the term and all the opportunities it presented.

    From the Principal – Contemplation – 12.4.19

    As Term 1 ends, I have encouraged the students to continue to reflect on their short-term triumphs, to be grateful and show gratitude for the term and all the opportunities it presented.

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