From the Head of Senior School

Posted 7 June 2018 10:10pm

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The generosity of students and sense of others is a hallmark of CGGS. A group of students, from across year groups, approached me with ideas about possible ways to assist the Tathra community following the fires. A group of Year 12 students took the lead and the result was a $1700.00 contribution to the Mayoral Appeal Fund for Tathra. They had several sponsors and provided a sausage sizzle at the annual senior school fun run in Stromlo.

Our Year Nine students have been participating in the Ad Astra Program this week. The program has been planned and supported by staff from all faculties. The intent is to build ‘transferable skills’ such as problem solving; communications; critical thinking; presentation skills; creativity; teamwork; digital literacy and financial literacy in our students through specific challenges.  The focus has been on challenges in our Canberra community that students can identify and plan a response.

Four groups have come forward seeking advice as to how to move their projects to the next stage – their proposals include holding a cinema under the stars night for the community to raise money for the Canberra Hospital school. This school has been experimenting with a new robot that connects the children to real schools so that they do not fall behind. Another proposal is a plan to raise awareness and funds for kids helpline which supports children mental health and to improve the general public's knowledge about mental health, through organising a sports-based event called Mental Warrior.  The students stressed the importance of placing good life and wellbeing practises in people's lives as it can prevent issues such as long periods of low mood or stress and encourage healthy life activities such as exercise. Revenue would go to a national mental health organisation such as beyondblue. Another group would like to acknowledge Marion Griffin's contributions to the layout of Canberra. They were excited to add that since then, the project has gained the interest the Equality Rights Alliance who are supporting their idea. They plan to approach Floriade and the National Capital Authority to place a plaque on Government ground. There is a potential for this to grow into supplying more plaques recognising the contributions that women from Canberra have made for their community.

On another note - in 2017 Netflix launched the much talked about first series of 13 Reasons Why – a fictional show depicting the death of a teenager by suicide and its impact on those around them – many people the world over were left confronted by the difficult subject matter that the show covered.

The 13 Reasons Why, Series 2 has been released by Netflix recently. The attached link which provides excellent warning advice for parents and others.

https://blackdoginstitute.org.au/news/news-detail/2018/05/17/help-seeking-built-into-release-of-13-reasons-why

Upcoming events to note:

Term 2

Year 9 Ad Astra Week - June 4-8

Queen’s Birthday Weekend

Testing Week June - 12- 18

Griffith Boarding Expo – June 14

Wagga Boarding Expo – June 15

Creative Minds Day – June 29

Japan Language Tour

Dragon Boats World Club Crew Championship Hungary

Early Term 3

Monday July 23 – Teacher Professional Learning Day – please note - no students at school

Tuesday July 24 – First day of Term 3

August 6-13 IB Trial Exam Week

Thursday August 9 – BSSS Moderation Day 

 

Best wishes,

Peter Milligan

Head of Senior School