Early last week, we hosted the official opening ceremony of our new multi-purpose learning space on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The launch presented the opportunity to celebrate the opening of the facility with the CGGS community, and to unveil the building’s new name, Yhuuramulum. The word Yhuuramulum means ‘to dream’, and that is exactly what we hope our students will be doing in their new facility.
The name was selected through a community-wide naming competition, won by Year 7 student Charlotte Young. Charlotte’s entry reflected thoughtfully on the history of the local indigenous people, as well capturing the essence of the school’s motto ‘To the young anything is possible’.
All proposed names were to meet criteria to be considered by the judging panel. To be selected, the name had to: 1) link to the history of CGGS; 2) relate to the local Canberra region; and/or 3) celebrate the achievements of women. Plenty of submissions from staff, students, parents, Grammarians, and members of the School Board were submitted into the competition.
The launch began with a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony led by Auntie Violet, a Ngunnawal elder, followed by the official opening by Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science.
The two-storey building was designed to take advantage of the amazing location and vista of Yarralumla Bay, with the upper floor offering multiple configuration options – suitable for entire year levels right down to small collaborative groups.
Yhuuramulum is already being used to deliver the new curriculum, with students having access to both the upper floor multi-purpose spaces and the ground floor STEM workshop and rowing facilities.