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.
Our top three individual point scorers were as follows:
- Allegra Taubenschlag (Year 4) 11 points
- Siri Taubenschlag (Year 3) - 10 points
- Georgia Evans (Year 8) - 6 points
The following students also represented CGGS at the event and contributed to the outstanding final placing:
Pip Bull (Year 10), Samantha Burge (Year 12), Callie Beare (Year 6), Harriet Hughes (Year 8), Georgia Kinnane (Year 12) – Captain, Edie Matthiesson-Hull (Year 6), Lulu Matthiesson-Hull (Year 10), Phoebe Matthiesson-Hull (Year 8), Pip Nicoll (Year 10), Hannah Plevey (Year 11), Ellie Summers (Year 8), Allegra Taubenschlag (Year 4), Siri Taubenschlag (Year 3), Eleanor Tehan (Year 6) and Olivia Waugh (Year 8).
In more Equestrian news, Harriet Hughes (Year 8) competed in the Young Dressage Association, Dressage NSW Regional Festival and Championship between 12-14 April - the largest regional festival in NSW with competitors travelling from all states to compete. Harriet competed in six events and was named the 2019 Overall Breed Limited Champion after winning the novice test with an outstanding score. She was also given the title of CU Novice Pony Champion and on the final day of competition, Harriet placed 4th in the Open Official Novice Championship, scoring just 1% away from the overall champion.
Harriet has again been selected for the NSW and ACT Interschool dressage team for the National Championships to held in October at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. She is currently preparing for the Australian Youth Dressage Championships held in July.
Artist Monique Jeacocke (Year 11) is a finalist again this year in the 2019 Young Archie competition. There were over 2,100 entries, 74% of which were from girls. Monique’s artwork of her mother, entitled ‘Guide me’ is on displayed at the Art Gallery of NSW with the winners to be announced on 10 August 2019.
Year 8 students, Lucy Piva and Charlotte Royal travelled to Adelaide in the first week of the April school holidays to compete at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Age Swimming Championships – the highest level of competition for age group swimmers in Australia. This was the first year Lucy and Charlotte were old enough to compete and they were two of only 24 swimmers from the ACT who participated - it was a great experience for both of them.
Charlotte improved on her ranking to finish 28th in Australia in her favourite event, the 200m backstroke while Lucy made it into the finals and achieved a final ranking of 8th in the 100m breaststroke. She also had good swims in the 200m breaststroke, 200m IM and the 200m freestyle.
We hope that competing against the best age swimmers in the country has given them the motivation they need to keep up the hard work and go to Perth for the 2020 Australian Age Swimming Championships.
Congratulations to Ava Farrah (Year 8) who qualified for, and competed in, the National Age Diving Championships held in Perth during the April holidays!
Trang Le (Year 8) recently competed in the World Cadet Championships in Taekwondo where she placed 3rd, losing out to the eventual gold medallist. While Trang did not make the Australian team, she learned a great deal for her development and more recently, travelled to the Gold Coast to compete in another tournament.
On 14 April, Bella Mun (Year 9), Serina Guo (Year 8) and Sarah Bender (Year 11) travelled to Perth to compete in UN Youth’s National Voice Finals. The girls had all been selected from the regional rounds in Canberra to represent not only the school, but the state in a competition that aims to discuss world problems. Topics ranged from solving climate change to reforming Australian sport. Competitors were required to pitch complex solutions in 4-5 minutes.
“All in all it was a challenging but fun experience where we got to present our solutions, participate in workshops centered on student activism, meet new people from across the country with a shared interest in politics and engage in a session with Australia’s youth representative to the United Nations,” said Bella.
A special congratulations to Sarah Bender who made it to the Grand finals (top 5) for the senior category.
Photo above: Georgia Evans (Year 8) competing in showjumping event at SMIEC.