Student achievements

Posted 8 November 2019 9:00am

Seven of our Year 9 students won prizes at the Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital Territory (SEAACT) Science & Engineering Fair and attended the award ceremony on Friday, 25 October at 6.45pm at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.

Congratulations to the following students who gained a winning place (either 1st, 2nd, Highly Commended or Encouragement Award) in their chosen category:

Isra Eski (Engineering), Holly Irvine (Engineering), Alex Malegan (Engineering), Marina Markova (Earth & Space), Katia Stephan (Engineering), Lize van der Walt (Engineering) and Alice Weber (Earth & Space).


Our Rowers travelled to Penrith last weekend for their first regatta of the 2019/2020 season where they went head to head with crews from some of Sydney's top schools at the Loreto Normanhurst and Loreto Kirribilli regattas. The results speak for themselves:

Loreto Normanhurst Regatta (Saturday), first place in the:

  • Schoolgirl coxed four - Division 1
  • Year 10 coxed quad - Divisions 1, 2 & 4
  • Schoolgirl double scull - Jenna Oerder & Georgina Wallace (both Year 10)
  • Schoolgirl single scull - Zara Collisson (Year 12)

CGGS finished 2nd in overall point score.

Loreto Kirribilli Regatta (Sunday), first place in the:

  • Year 10 coxed quad - Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 and trophy for Fastest Year 10 Quad
  • Schoolgirl single scull - Zara Collisson (Year 12)
  • Schoolgirl single scull - Grace Turner (Year 11) 

CGGS finished 3rd in the overall point score.

We also came away with a trophy for the Division 1 Year 10 coxed quad, 9 second places, 4 third places and third overall in the point score, which was great considering the size of our shed compared to some of the bigger Sydney schools. Congratulations on an epic start to the season!

In other rowing news, Zara Collisson won a gold medal (and set a new Australian record!) in the U19W Australian Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday, 27 October with a new personal best of 7min 14sec for the 2km erg.


Last week, from Friday to Sunday, our Junior and Senior School riders represented CGGS at the ACT Interschools Competition – and they did very well!

CGGS won top Overall High School, Overall Primary/High school and second Overall Primary School - hence winning the overall points score (697 points earned by 18 riders). A number of the Junior School riders won Overall Grade Champions.

Junior School riders Callie Beare (Year 6), Siri Taubenschlag (Year 3), Allegra Taubenschalg (Year 4) & Eleanor Tehan (Year 6) all won ribbons. Siri and Callie were also named Overall Point Score Champions in their respective years. The highest 5-point scorers for the Junior School were: Siri Taubenschlag, Amica Harker (Year 5), Alexandra Howes (Year 5) and Allegra Taubenschlag.

Georgia Evans (Year 8) performed brilliantly on her horse Flynn, earning the tiles of 7-10 Preliminary Champion and 7-10 Reserve Champion for Novice.

Pip Bull (Year 10) place 3rd in the 70cm show jumping (Group C), 4th in the 70cm show jumping (AM2) and 6th in the 70cm show jumping (AM7).

Georgia Kinnane (Year 12) was named Year 12 Overall Champion, western Overall Champion, Senior 45cm jumping Overall Champion, Overall ANSA Champion, prep dressage Overall Champion, sporting Year 12 Overall Champion, show riding Year 12 Overall Champion and Champion Equestrian Captain. Georgia was also named in the top five riders for Overall High School team (with both her horses) and in the top five riders in the Primary/High School team. Incredible results, Georgia!

Samantha Burge (Year 12) placed in all events for horse jumping (1st, 2nd, 3rd and a 6th) and also placed in all events for sporting (1st, 2nd, 3rd and a 6th). She was the Overall runner-up for the jumping championship and sporting championship, placed in the Top 10 fast barrel -  ACT state champion and Overall 3rd place individual top pointer.

Grace Taylor-Bowles (Year 11) earned the title of Preliminary Champion for dressage and placings in four other events.

Congratulations on these outstanding results!

In October, Harriet Hughes (Year 8) competed at the Australian Dressage Championships, the largest and most important event in the Australian and surrounding countries’ calendars, for all riders including Olympians, professionals, and certain amateur riders who have met the extremely high qualification standards and who were then selected to compete. Harriet was one of the two riders under 21 in the state to reach the qualifying standards and then be selected for a team. Harriet competed in the Novice Pony Class against professional riders and managed to place an outstanding 5th in both competitions. She also finished as one of the Top 5 riders in the NSW Under 25 Leaderboard for the 2018/19 season out of thousands of riders across the states ACT and NSW.

Young ICT Explorers 

Our Young ICT Explorer entrants competed in the 'roadshow' competition at the end of last term, where they competed against students from South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand - a total of 118 projects from 291 students. Our girls' projects were amazing and we had positive feedback from the judges and from IT teachers from other ACT schools.

Congratulations to Isabelle Hung (Year 6) for coming first in the Year 5-6 category, which is always the most popular category. Isabelle's project was 'Dry Time' which was an Arduino powered machine designed to dry ski clothes. She will now compete in the national finals on Saturday 7 December.

Debating and Public Speaking

Congratulations to Lauren Goldie (Year 9), Bella Laverock (Year 9), Bella Mun (Year 9) and Jaimie Noonan (Year 10) who won the major semi-final of the NGS National Virtual Debating competition. They will now debate St Edward’s College, NSW in the grand final.

Gemma Hudson (Year 11) won the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship. She also won the After Dinner Debating Championship final and was the runner up in the impromptu speech. At the same competition, Jaimie Noonan (Year 10) was the runner up in the After Dinner Debate – well done girls!

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to students across the Junior School for completing the Chief Ministers Reading Challenge for 2019. Each student was submitted for completing 30 books, due to our wonderful class teachers and Mrs Jen Ferdinand, our Teacher Librarian who support the students daily with reading in various forms. We won awards in the Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6 categories. Thank you to the Year 6 Library Committee who received the awards on behalf of the Junior School. 

Tournament of Minds

Well done to our three Tournament of Minds teams who represented the ACT at the International Finals in Hobart recently. The team performances in all disciplines were exceptional and we are excited to announce our Social Sciences and The Arts teams were awarded Honours at the presentation ceremony. Teamwork, creativity and problem-solving at its best! Congratulations to the following students who took part in the competition:

Language Literature

Social Sciences

The Arts

Serena Tranter

Tess Mitchell

Henrietta Magee

Caitlin Nockels

Laila Chapman

Adarae Wong

Tian Fan

Olivia Ryall

Sophie Hutchinson

Edie Matthiesson-Hull

Elke Spiller

Tara Jayaswal

Felicity Peppinck

Scarlett Morgan

Pippa Du Ross

Aria Katavic

Sia Taylor

Angelina Lin

Violet Lewis

Ziqi Gu

Tilly Watts


Year 10 students Eloise Alsop and Amy Andersen (Year 10) are currently performing at the Canberra Theatre with Queensland Ballet’s production of in Cinderella. Eloise also won the Wagga Open Ballet Championship at the recent Wagga Dance Eisteddfod.

Riya Burmi (Year 9) and her dance crew, Project Two, represented Project Beats at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds competition in Sydney where they placed 5th nationally in the varsity division and 13th internationally.

A number of our dancers have been achieving great things at eisteddfods around the region:

Betsy Sawyers Memorial Awards for RAD Ballet Dancers in the ACT/Riverina

  • Charlotte Barker (Year 11) 1st Place Advanced 2 Section
  • Alyccia Titmuss (Year 11) The Betsy Sawyers Award (1st Place Overall)

Brindabella Eisteddfod

  • Sidney Lee (Year 10) 1st Place Open Age Acrobatics
  • Bella Da Costa and Esther Hampton (both Year 9) – 1st in Classical Trio, 3rd Lyrical Duo
  • Bella Da Costa – 1st Place Classical Solo, 2nd Contemporary Solo
  • Esther Hampton – 2nd Place Classical Solo, 3rd Place Lyrical Solo, 1st Student Choreography Duo

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Congratulations to Year 12 students Samantha Burge and Taylor Campbell for completing their Gold Award. They will be presented with their award by the Governor-General later this month.


During the October holidays, three students were selected to participate in Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) alongside 100 students from around Australia. Based at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane for four days, Ella Borgo (Year 10, Tuba) and Elsa Guile (Year 7, Trumpet) played in the wind orchestra, conducted by David Law while Aditi Kamath (Year 10) sung in the vocal ensemble, conducted by Paul Holley. By the time the concert rolled around, the girls had rehearsed for 26 hours in three days with repertoire ranging from Mozart to African American Spiritual to Grammarian, Sally Whitwell’s music.

ANU Extension

Congratulations to Katrina Robinson (Year 12) who graduated from the Astro Physics Extension Program at the ANU – Katrina was the only female in the program.


Sophie Bolton (Year 7) and Yasmeen Sidhu (Year 8) were selected in the ACT Under 13 Hockey team and competed at the national tournament in Hobart last month. Their team finished 11th overall.


Lizzie Coper-Jones (Year 11) was selected for ACT Meteors last term playing in Women’s National Cricket League in Adelaide – they had great success winning both of their games.


Congratulations to Georgia Braggett (Year 12) and Georgia Warren (Year 12) who received their ADFA Education Awards at a presentation ceremony held at the Defence Force Recruiting Centre on Friday, 18 October.

Touch Football

Congratulations to Tiahna Larkam (Year 7), who was selected to represent the ACT in the U12 Touch Football team that competed in the National School Sport Australia Championships last week.

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