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6 - 10 April 2015
On Sunday 29 March we held our 4th Access All Areas Concert at CGGS.

Access All Areas 2015

On Sunday 29 March we held our 4th Access All Areas Concert at CGGS.

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From the Principal

Every month or so we have an Open Morning to enable prospective students and their parents to have a tour of the School.

After their tour it is always interesting to me that the prospective students ask relevant, sensible and sometimes challenging questions about life at CGGS.

I sometimes feel that, as a society, we underestimate our children and the insight they have. I have found one of the enjoyable aspects of teaching science is the innovative way young students look at the world. To give you a few examples:

Christopher (6-years-old), had a problem with his shoe laces coming undone and tripping him up. He asked his mother for magnets to glue on his shoes and laces to stop him tripping up. Alex (9-years-old), adapted her see-saw with a spring on one end so that just one person could use it. April's (10-years-old) baby brother cried every time his nappy was changed. She worked out that his baby wipes were cold and devised a heated box to make them warm. Ben (11-years-old) devised a freezer alarm for his mother that gave her warning when her freezer's temperature was rising.

Teachers will tell you that children can be so insightful and so good at problem solving that it is worth asking their opinion.

Please continue to sponsor me or anyone in our team for the Mother's Day Classic in May. If you are planning to join our team please remember to do so when you register. Link here for further details.

I wish you all a restful and enjoyable break.

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

I can highly recommend the April 2015 edition of the Anglican Schools Australia's ASA News.

An article entitled ‘Yalari Student Inspires’ features our CGGS School Vice Captain, Larissa Woosup. Larissa recounts her mother saying, "You never know what could happen," when the opportunity arose to apply for a Yalari scholarship to attend CGGS. Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers boarding scholarships to Indigenous students from regional, remote and rural communities across Australia. Larissa notes, "I applied for a Yalari Scholarship because of the opportunities that would be available to me, which I couldn’t get in Mackay." Larissa describes in the article her personal goal of wanting the girls at CGGS to "be confident in themselves and to utilise every opportunity and take full advantage of all the resources offered at CGGS because every event missed is an experience lost."  Needless to say, Larissa is an extraordinary role model for all students at CGGS. The full article can be found at www.anglicanschoolsaustralia.edu.au

As Term 1 draws to a close I hope there is an opportunity for quality family time for students, parents and staff during the break. Term 1 has been extremely busy and much has been achieved. As teachers and parents we are working together for the best possible futures for the students at CGGS. I am sure the Parent Teacher evenings have been useful in acknowledging a solid start to the year and setting academic goals for next term. The great sense of empathy and compassion of the girls has been a hallmark of the term. At the full school Assembly on Tuesday, Mrs Coutts asked the girls to consider joining or supporting her and the group of students participating in the Mother’s Day Classic in early May. The funds raised go to Breast Cancer research programs.

This term will end on Friday with the Fun Run events—a great way to finish!

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Junior School

This Weekly Update sees us at the end of a terrific term of learning and progress in the ELC and Junior School.

All of the students who commenced with us just 10 weeks ago are now firmly entrenched as part of the community, involved and comfortable in their school environment. Thank you to everyone who has done something to make the students and their families welcome.

The first of our Parent Teacher interviews this week resulted in most parents speaking with the class teachers and some also the specialist teachers. The increased take up for appointments with specialists has been pleasing, although specialists do not have the time to meet with the parents of all students, given that in some cases they teach over 500 each week! Regardless, all teachers have been pleased with the opportunity to talk with parents about their respective programs and give feedback about each child’s progress and needs. Maintaining communication between home and school is vital for the genuine partnership in learning we strive towards and at CGGS we are constantly aiming to achieve the very best outcomes for each student in our care and the role of parents in the learning process can never be underestimated. Thank you to all parents for this support.

The end of term was celebrated today with the annual House Cross Country Carnival for Years 2-6, House activities for Prep and Year 1 and our final end of term Chapel.

Students have trained enthusiastically for the Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo Forest Park, in their PSPE classes, at home with their families and by joining the Sports Committee initiated running club at lunchtimes. Today on the course, which ranged from 1-3 kilometres, saw many meritorious performances. This was the second time the Junior School has combined with the Senior School, making a whole school event, meticulously organised by Mrs Cherylee Kuypers with assistance from her colleagues in the PSPE team. Cool but sunny conditions during the morning were ideal for running and all competitors are congratulated on their effort for their respective Houses. Students were encouraged to be involved as the participation numbers for each House are often a defining factor in the results.  We were pleased to see so many parents at the Cross Country to support, encourage and fulfil marshalling or check point duties.  A number of students will now progress to the next stage through the School Sport ACT pathways. We are still awaiting confirmed results which will be announced to students when completed.

UNIFORMS
Students should be in full winter uniform next term, including navy hair ties and optional navy tights for girls. In the Junior School, straw hats are still to be worn to and from school. In addition, all classes in the Junior School will have one of their PSPE lessons at the School Swimming Pool and will need swimming gear on that day each week.

As the term concludes, may everyone have a restful Term 1 vacation and a safe return to school on Monday 27 April.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

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From the Director of Admissions

Our usual reminder about enrolments for 2015.

We anticipate that the majority of students will remain at CGGS, nevertheless we appreciate that in special circumstances some students may be leaving the School at the end of Term 3 this year. Although we do not require final notification before the last day of Term 2 this year, it would assist with our planning if we had some idea of your intentions now.

A term’s notice of intention to withdraw a student from the School or to change a student from boarding to a day place, must be given in writing to the Principal, otherwise half a term’s fees will be charged in lieu of notice should the School not be able to fill the place.

A term’s notice must also be given in writing to the Principal of intention to withdraw a student from the School for a limited period of one term or more. Half a term’s fees will be charged should the School not be able to fill the place for the period of absence. Re-entry to the School after absence of more than one term is dependent upon a place being available. Due fees apply for absences of less than one term.

Barbara Connolly
Director of Admissions

From the 2015 P&F President

A message from the new P&F President.

Hello parents,

As the newly elected President of the 2015 CGGS P&F Committee I would like to introduce the new team:

Mareeta Grundy Reid

President

David Connery

Vice-President

Gerard Foley

Vice-President

Dianne Braggett

Secretary

Victoria Fangen-Hall

Public Officer

Wendy Craig

Member

Annabelle Davis

Member

Cheryl Hendy

Member

Ross Hicks

Member

Richard Hill

Member

Madhumita Iyengar

Member

Andrew Malone

Member

Cathy McLean

Member

Rebecca Laguna

Member

Joanne O'Dwyer

Member

Brad Robertson

Member

Julie Sengelman

Member


This year, the P&F will focus more on community building and parental engagement while also staging the annual CGGS Fête towards the end of the year. The role of the P&F Committee is to provide opportunities for parents to interact with each other and the broader school community, so forging strong and supportive relationships for a better overall school community. The P&F also raises funds to put back into the School for those 'extras' that raise the bar of the educational experience of our children.  

This year's team is very excited about a number of its upcoming events so stay tuned into the Weekly Update for further details.

As parents of the School you are automatically members of the P&F, so please get involved in P&F activities, share your ideas and help us make this school an even better place of learning. 

Mareeta Grundy Reid
President, CGGS P&F

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS WANTED FOR THE P&F FETE

The P&F are collecting good quality items to sell at the Fete including toys, clean clothing, sports equipment, books etc. Please note we cannot sell TVs, computers, electrical goods, furniture, encyclopaedias, magazines (unless collectables), broken heavy items, videos or floppy disks.

Please pack and label items into boxes and leave them on the apron of the P&F shed just inside the Senior School gates on Chapel Drive. For valuable items please contact Ross Hicks 0419 684 330 or Rosshix8@gmail.com to arrange a suitable time for collection.

NEWS

The Junior Primary students had a fantastic day on Thursday 26 March.

Junior Primary's Fathers' Activity Morning

The Junior Primary students had a fantastic day on Thursday 26 March.

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Congratulations to the following students for making the South Weston Swimming Team.

CGGS swimmers to compete at the ACT Swimming Championships10 April

Congratulations to the following students for making the South Weston Swimming Team.

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Debating and Public Speaking News this week.

Debating and Public Speaking News9 April

Debating and Public Speaking News this week.

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The Year 12 IB French class has been studying the topic of war, within the broader unit of Global Issues.

Year 12 IB French study war9 April

The Year 12 IB French class has been studying the topic of war, within the broader unit of Global Issues.

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Right Here, Right Now Portrait Exhibition is an initiative of the ACT Children and Young People Commissioner (CYPC) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Children.

Right Here, Right Now Portrait Exhibition9 April

Right Here, Right Now Portrait Exhibition is an initiative of the ACT Children and Young People Commissioner (CYPC) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Children.

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As part of the Year 10 Pastoral Care Program, students visited Our Place to deliver special care packages for homeless youth.

Year 10 students deliver care packages to 'Our Place'9 April

As part of the Year 10 Pastoral Care Program, students visited Our Place to deliver special care packages for homeless youth.

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The Senior School visit was a great success!

From Junior School to Senior School9 April

The Senior School visit was a great success!

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On Tuesday morning, Kate's mum and dad came to visit the Year 1 classes.

A special army visit to 1C9 April

On Tuesday morning, Kate's mum and dad came to visit the Year 1 classes.

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On the weekend of 28 March, a self-directed team of girls from CGGS participated in the Cancer Council's annual and largest fundraiser, Relay for Life.

14 seniors take on the Relay for Life8 April

On the weekend of 28 March, a self-directed team of girls from CGGS participated in the Cancer Council's annual and largest fundraiser, Relay for Life.

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In the Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) this year, let’s try and create the largest community team!

Almost 200 in the CGGS Mother's Day Classic team2 April

In the Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) this year, let’s try and create the largest community team!

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The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

Entertainment books are back!8 April

The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

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CGGS students debate at the Legislative Assembly8 April

On Friday 6 March, a small group of enthusiastic CGGS Year 11 and 12 debaters participated in the ACT Interschool Parliamentary Debates program at the Legislative Assembly.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

In the first Boot Camp session 70 eager students participated and it's not too late to join.

70 students participate in Boot Camp at CGGS9 April

In the first Boot Camp session 70 eager students participated and it's not too late to join.

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News from APFACTS9 April

News from APFACTS this week.

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News from ACTION buses9 April

Reminder: Changes to ACTION School Services from Monday 18 May 2015.

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Soccer clinics for the April holidays26 March

Information about holiday soccer clinics.

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School Shop News19 March

The change over into winter uniform commences at the beginning of Term 2.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

 

WODEN BROWNIES

The Woden Brownie Unit has spaces open for girls interested in participating in Girl Guides. Girls attending range in age from 6 till 10. We meet on a Monday at the Garran Scout Hall, Kitchener St, Garran (next to oval) from 5.30pm till 7pm during term time. What will the girls get? She will enjoy a weekly meeting during the school term with girls in her age group. Meetings combine games, outdoor activities, craft, cooking, environment awareness and more, including camping, all tailored to her age and experience. There’s also the chance to meet other girls at local, state and national events, help people in her community and train in boating and other outdoor skills. Contact Toni Gwynn-Jones, Girls Guides ACT & South East NSW Region on 0412 880 894 or wodendistrictgirlguides@gmail.com. Link here for more information.

TUESDAY 14-FRIDAY 17 APRIL, CHILDREN'S THEATRE CAMP

9am-3pm, Drama Centre, Canberra Girls Grammar School, Senior Campus. Open to students from 7 to 12 years from all schools. Link here for more information.

SUBMISSIONS

To submit community notices or student achievements and photos for consideration in the Weekly Update, please email Monica Masters on newsletter@cggs.act.edu.au by COB Wednesday.

To submit news on CGGS Grammarians for consideration in the Weekly Update, please email Laura Hannan on grammarians@cggs.act.edu.au by COB Wednesday