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4 December 2015
This week brings the musical year to a close with some of our finest performances. The Service of Lessons and Carols, held last Sunday, is always a highlight of the year for the choirs and this year was no exception.

JUNIOR CHAPEL CHOIR PERFORMS FOR INTERNATIONAL DIGNITARIES

This week brings the musical year to a close with some of our finest performances. The Service of Lessons and Carols, held last Sunday, is always a highlight of the year for the choirs and this year was no exception.

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Anne Coutts

From the Principal

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability’.

Sam Keen

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds’.

Regina Brett

As teachers we are always encouraging our students to focus, to persevere, to work hard and to use their maximum effort. All good things to say but no one can sustain this all year round, including adults. We all need down time. Time to think and imagine. Time to relax and recuperate after a season of hard work.

It has been another busy year at CGGS and I wish you all a lazy, relaxing summer break. May you have time to do the things you have been looking forward to and time to see the people you really wish to be with.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

Anne Coutts

Principal

Peter Milligan

From the Head of Senior School

At the Lessons and Carols Family and Friends service last Sunday evening there were, as you would expect at Christmas, many references to angels. I find meaning in the First Noel – “The first Noel the angel did say…” not only because it was to the poor- the shepherds – that they spoke to first but also, selfishly, because my father was born on Christmas Day and his second name is Noel. I also love Christmas because it is a time that, when you stop and look around at who is at the table for the Christmas gathering, we realise what life is about. What was very clear at the Carols and Lessons service was that our choirs, from all year groups, sing like angels.

Michelangelo, as the story goes, was working a large block of marble when he received a visitor in his studio. In this stereotypical stonemason or sculptor environment, of dust and marble chips, the visitor asked Michelangelo what he was working on. Michelangelo replied, ‘I’m releasing the angel imprisoned in this marble.’ As parents, guardians and teachers we are supporting our children and students in their journey to find meaning and purpose in their lives. I am not suggesting we are working with marble! Rather, the analogy of being guided in order to reach one’s potential requires the inspiration of a number of mentors for each of us.

The year has flown by and many great things have happened just as there have been moments of great sadness in our school community and in the wider world. Carl Jung once said that ‘the point of human life is to shine light on the darkness of mere being.’ We can share our good fortune with those less fortunate and what better time than at Christmas? On a personal note my thanks to all those students, parents and guardians and staff, who have made 2015 such an enjoyable time at our wonderful school. Happy Christmas.

Best wishes

Peter Milligan

Head of Senior School

Heather Ablett

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

As I write for the very last time, and with Christmas just around the corner, I wish to acknowledge the work of staff and students for all of our end of year events. It was fitting that the Annual Carols Service was the first event of the final week, and what a magnificent evening! Our choirs sang like angels in the beautiful Chapel of the Annunciation and the beautiful words in each of the carols and the nine lessons reminded us of Christ’s birth in the Christmas story.

This last week is a special one in the Junior School calendar with significant events to mark the final days. Not the least was the lovely story “The Littlest Christmas Tree” performed by our Early Leaning Centre on Wednesday afternoon, closely followed by the Junior Primary Christmas Play; “Count Down to Christmas”. These are highlights for us all, and especially for the Year 2s who had the major roles in the JP concert which was performed in our SS Hall for a large and appreciative audience of family and friends, keen to capture every moment.

Yesterday at the Leavers’ Service a special welcome to the Senior School was extended to the Year 6 students by Alice Maxwell, 2014 Junior School Head Girl. Whilst the service focuses on all those who are leaving, it is also a marker for the transition to a new chapter for those of us leaving the Junior School.

We are sad to farewell quite a number of students and at this time also some of the permanent staff that will not be with us in 2016. Each has made a considerable contribution to our school and we wish them well for the future.

Mrs Louise Cullen (Literacy Coordinator/Class teacher/ Teacher Librarian 2010-2015) who will be taking up a position at an international PYP school in China next year)

Mrs Simone Reilly (Curriculum Coordinator 2012-2015) who is taking up a PYP Coordinator position in Victoria)

Ms Emma Schafer (ELC Teacher 2012-2015) who is taking up a position in Queensland

Ms Helen McPherson (Class teacher ELC and JS 2013-2015) who is taking a position in an international PYP school in Singapore

Mrs Chris O’Brien (Class Teacher 4D Term 4) completes her contract.

Mrs Gillian Jordan who, following the completion of her teaching qualification, will take up a position elsewhere. Gillian has been at CGGS since 2004, when the ELC opened for the first time and we wish her well. Also leaving the ELC is Miss Sarah Clay (2014-15), who has also now qualified and will take up a teaching position.

In the Junior School, Mrs Heather Selth (2008- 2015), and Mrs Justine White (2008-2015), who has worked with us in supporting the Junior Primary classes since are moving on. We are very grateful to each of them for their commitment to the school whilst with us. We will miss them all but wish them every happiness and success as they pursue new challenges and thank them all most sincerely for the contribution they have made to CGGS.

As always, we have been working to ensure that we secure the very best staff for all vacancies. After a very thorough and rigorous recruitment process, we are delighted with the new appointments. We are looking forward to introducing the new staff members to the School in 2016.

I would like to take this last opportunity to thank the school community for its steadfast support. I have been privileged indeed to work alongside loyal and dedicated colleagues who inspire every day and show incredible passion and energy for the work they do.

The many successes of this year were only possible due to the significant contributions of our three most vital resources - our parents, our staff and our wonderful students. I record my thanks to all for your continued support and cooperation in making Canberra Girls Grammar School the excellent school it is. A strong partnership between the School and the family remains the key if positive educational outcomes for our students are to be achieved. Mrs Patterson now takes up the challenge of leading the Junior School in Term 1, before Mrs Whitaker commences and I know you will continue to support her in the same generous manner I have always appreciated.

Finally, I wish the School community a very Merry Christmas. I hope this long break will provide quality time and a well-earned rest with your families and friends.

Heather Ablett

Head of Junior School

On Saturday, 28 November, two groups of CGGS musicians were invited to play for the public on the stage in Garema Place, below the giant Christmas tree. This was in association with the launch of the “Tunnel of Light” activities.

CGGS MUSICIANS PLAY AT LAUNCH OF 'TUNNEL OF LIGHT'4 December

On Saturday, 28 November, two groups of CGGS musicians were invited to play for the public on the stage in Garema Place, below the giant Christmas tree. This was in association with the launch of the “Tunnel of Light” activities.

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Congratulations to the 14 winners from the P&F Christmas raffle, the lucky people are...

WINNERS OF THE P&F CHRISTMAS RAFFLE ANNOUNCED4 December

Congratulations to the 14 winners from the P&F Christmas raffle, the lucky people are...

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This week over one hundred Year 10 students are participating in work experience.

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE4 December

This week over one hundred Year 10 students are participating in work experience.

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In Term 4, the Canberra Sunshine Academy Committee’s main fundraiser was the CSA Giving Tree. Students handed in $10 and received an envelope to write a letter to a child at the Canberra Sunshine Academy. Over $3000 was raised.

CANBERRA SUNSHINE ACADEMY GIVING TREE4 December

In Term 4, the Canberra Sunshine Academy Committee’s main fundraiser was the CSA Giving Tree. Students handed in $10 and received an envelope to write a letter to a child at the Canberra Sunshine Academy. Over $3000 was raised.

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On Friday 27 November, Year 9 Geography classes held a Geographies of Interconnections Showcase. This was an opportunity for parents to hear from students about the work they had done researching a range of topics about the way our world is interconnected.

YEAR 9 GEOGRAPHIES OF INTERCONNECTIONS SHOWCASE4 December

On Friday 27 November, Year 9 Geography classes held a Geographies of Interconnections Showcase. This was an opportunity for parents to hear from students about the work they had done researching a range of topics about the way our world is interconnected.

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Choirs in the Junior School have been busy over the last week with a number of important performances. On Thursday, the Year 6 members of Coro da Camera went to the National Gallery of Australia to sing at the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge Awards Ceremony and of course, Cantantes and Coro da Camera sang at the Annual carol Service on Sunday evening.

JUNIOR SCHOOL MUSIC NEWS4 December

Choirs in the Junior School have been busy over the last week with a number of important performances. On Thursday, the Year 6 members of Coro da Camera went to the National Gallery of Australia to sing at the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge Awards Ceremony and of course, Cantantes and Coro da Camera sang at the Annual carol Service on Sunday evening.

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After having a year off in 2014, we are again having our Children’s Christmas service on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm in the Chapel of the Annunciation (Senior School Chapel).

CHAPEL NEWS4 December

After having a year off in 2014, we are again having our Children’s Christmas service on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm in the Chapel of the Annunciation (Senior School Chapel).

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Over the past week, some of my Year 10 and 7 English students have been working to create a giant Scrabble board.

On Tuesday, 7EN5 had the opportunity to put it through its paces. A combination of spelling, maths, physical exercise and strategy, Wide-Scrabble involves teams competing to score the most points in a Scrabble game, but with a couple of twists.

ENGLISH STUDENTS CONSTRUCT GIANT GAME OF SCRABBLE4 December

Over the past week, some of my Year 10 and 7 English students have been working to create a giant Scrabble board. On Tuesday, 7EN5 had the opportunity to put it through its paces. A combination of spelling, maths, physical exercise and strategy, Wide-Scrabble involves teams competing to score the most points in a Scrabble game, but with a couple of twists.

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Year 8 Kilburn completed their Inspiration Boards during the final Day 9 Pastoral Care session in Week 7.
The Year 8 theme has been ‘Happiness’ this semester and the girls really enjoyed creating their own unique inspiration boards across the final few sessions.

HAPPINESS INSPIRES 8K4 December

Year 8 Kilburn completed their Inspiration Boards during the final Day 9 Pastoral Care session in Week 7. The Year 8 theme has been ‘Happiness’ this semester and the girls really enjoyed creating their own unique inspiration boards across the final few sessions.

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Trip opened to current Year 8 (2017 Year 10) students!

Tuesday 10 November saw the launch of the CGGS 2017 Peru trip run in collaboration with Antipodeans. This will be our 8th expedition working with Antipodeans. The focus of these trips is adventure leadership training.

PERU 2017 NOW OPEN TO CURRENT YEAR 8 STUDENTS 4 December

Trip opened to current Year 8 (2017 Year 10) students! Tuesday 10 November saw the launch of the CGGS 2017 Peru trip run in collaboration with Antipodeans. This will be our 8th expedition working with Antipodeans. The focus of these trips is adventure leadership training.

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As part of their Sports Injuries unit, our Year 10 Sports Science students completed a St John's CPR and defibrillation course during Week 7.

YEAR 10 SPORTS SCIENCE COMPLETE CPR & DEFIBRILATION COURSE4 December

As part of their Sports Injuries unit, our Year 10 Sports Science students completed a St John's CPR and defibrillation course during Week 7.

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On Monday this week CGGS received the Annette Taylor Award for support from schools at the 2015 Gift of Life Awards for organ and tissue donation awareness. The award was presented by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the ACT Legislative Assembly.

CGGS RECOGNISED FOR CONTRIBUTION TO GIFT OF LIFE4 December

On Monday this week CGGS received the Annette Taylor Award for support from schools at the 2015 Gift of Life Awards for organ and tissue donation awareness. The award was presented by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr at the ACT Legislative Assembly.

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Last week we welcomed Grammarian Sally Wagnon (Maidens, 1991) to the Community Relations Team taking on the role of Marketing and Communications Manager. Sally is a wonderful addition to the team and is excited about the upcoming events and activities planned for the School’s 90th anniversary next year.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS4 December

Last week we welcomed Grammarian Sally Wagnon (Maidens, 1991) to the Community Relations Team taking on the role of Marketing and Communications Manager. Sally is a wonderful addition to the team and is excited about the upcoming events and activities planned for the School’s 90th anniversary next year.

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