From the Principal – Contemplation

Posted 12 April 2019 10:19am

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.

During Assembly this week, I shared a tip I use with the students to help finish the term well, and start the following term with a plan. The tip is that I write down three things at the end of every term that I am grateful for, and then I write down three things I would like to improve or need to keep working on next term. I shared my list with the students. I then asked each girl to think about their term, write their list, put this list away and then look at the list again just before next term starts, even the night before.

One of the items that I am grateful for is that I am at Canberra Girls Grammar School. In 2016, the then US President Barack Obama indicated that if you did not know the wealth of the family, or which country, or what gender you were being born, and you could choose any time in history to be born, you would choose now. He said, “Let’s start with the big picture. By almost every measure, this country is better, and the world is better, than it was 50 years ago, 30 years ago, or even eight years ago.”

So, for me to find myself a teacher, a female, a parent, a full time employee and a university graduate, born into this time, into this world, in Australia, in the safety of Canberra and with you at Canberra Girls Grammar School, I have won the lottery. And for that, I am grateful.

Our School Board has also been encouraging communication and contemplation about who we are and where we intend to be as we move towards 2026, our centenary year.

I am pleased to announce that in February, the Board approved a modification to the timelines of the existing Strategic Framework (2016-2020). The reasons included: changes within the local educational landscape; many of the actions are complete; and some broader discussions about areas of opportunity.

A new six-year Strategic Design will be drawn up during 2019, taking us to our centenary year. The three stages of the design phase have been completed and included a community assembly hosted by the Board on the Board Strategy Day.

The Strategy Day was a gathering of the Board and invited representatives from the student body, staff, parent body, Grammarians, school leaders and the Board. The next steps in the process are the consolidation of the community ideas and feedback into a series of Strategic Priorities within a Strategic Design (2020-2025). I am delighted to advise that the Chair of the School Board and I will announce the Strategic Priorities in December. Printed versions will be available in January 2020. 

I wish you all a happy, holy and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing you Term 2, where we, as a community, will continue to reflect on our past and plan for our future.

Anna Owen

Photos below: Representatives of the CGGS community at the Board Strategy Day held on 23 February 2019.

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