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16 - 20 February 2015
Meet Head Girl of the Junior School, Annie Lloyd and Deputy Head Girl, Alexandra Krope.

Meet the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl of the Junior School

Meet Head Girl of the Junior School, Annie Lloyd and Deputy Head Girl, Alexandra Krope.

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From the Principal

He that loves reading has everything within his reach.

- William Godwin

Reading is to the mind what exercising is to the body.

- Richard Steele

A survey of 2500 parents and their children in America has found that the number of students aged 6–17 years who read books for fun has fallen again over the past four years.

Four years ago 37% of students in that age bracket reported reading frequently (i.e. 5–7 days a week) now that figure has fallen further to just 31%. Interestingly, the percentage of parents with children aged 6-17 years who read frequently themselves is also down from 28% in 2010 to 21% in 2014.

The researchers found that this wasn't because people see reading as less important than in the past. Both parents and children in this survey said that reading was one of the most important skills for children to have, outranking maths, digital skills and social interaction.

As students get older they spend more time with screens. It may be playing games, using apps or social networking. They use their own hand-held devices more and more. Teachers will tell you that we see a similar pattern in Australian children. While screen time can complement books to build young children's reading skills, reading for fun becomes a lifetime habit and builds not only vocabulary but develops students' thinking. Searching the web and being online can also develop research skills and help students learn how to compare and use information from different sources.

As a passionate reader myself, I want to see students reading for fun. Not surprisingly, children whose parents are avid readers are more likely to be frequent readers. This report also offered insight into what children look for in a book. It is clear that they prefer ones they have picked themselves or been recommended by peers. Books that make them laugh or are real 'page-turners' with an adventure or mystery theme.

Among students aged 12–17 years, having opportunities to read during the School day was associated with frequent reading, as was having parents who build reading into their daily routine and limit screen time.

Anne Coutts
Principal

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From the Head of Senior School

Inclusivity is a hallmark of life at CGGS.

Inclusivity is about welcoming and including all faiths, nationalities and backgrounds. Inclusivity is about effective and just policies and procedures that inspire our students to do their best and to prepare them for lifelong learning. Inclusivity is about community—I have already publically stated how warm I have found the students, staff and parents at CGGS. School culture is about ‘ownership’ and everyone engaging in the School in whatever way their busy lives allow. I would encourage everyone to connect and engage in the life of the School because the experience is such a rich one.

Our Senior Council student leadership group have expressed their desire to involve as many students as possible in the wide range of activities such as the various carnivals and fundraising events that will happen throughout the year. Sometimes the temptation for students is to say, “Let’s stay home from the carnival,” for example. The Senior Council are asking that the response be, “No, let’s go and make it a great day,” embrace CGGS pride by contributing to House points for participation and more importantly supporting and building House and school spirit. I believe resilience in life is built on community and connection—you need to be with others at these school events to build the relationships. Plus it is just good old fashioned fun!

The Year 11 Orientation was held last week along with the Year 7 camp. A big thank you to the staff who organised the activities, students and staff who supported the events and parents and guardians for your support of these most important initiatives. The Year 11 Orientation was a mixture of preparation for the Peer Support program with our Year 7s; reflection on qualities of leadership and information-sharing with respect to BSSS procedures and study skills.

Best of luck to the rowers as they prepare for major regattas in coming weeks. Well done also to all involved in the Year 8 and Year 9 camps this week.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

FIRST FAMILY AND FRIENDS' CHAPEL SERVICE FOR 2015

SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Link here for  more details and for a list of the Family and Friends' Chapel Services for the year.

NEWS

Congratulations to our new Junior School leaders.

2015 Junior School Leaders

Congratulations to our new Junior School leaders.

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The Year 11 Orientation was a journey of learning, laughter and karaoke.

Year 11 Orientation20 February

The Year 11 Orientation was a journey of learning, laughter and karaoke.

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YEAR 11 ORIENTATION - BIKE BUILDING CHALLENGE

The School was assisted by Pushy's Fyshwick and the 12 bikes were donated to Uniting Care Kippax.

Year 11 student Georgina Chan is the youngest student at CGGS to have attained her Licentiate Diploma of Music.

Licentiate Diploma of Music for Georgina19 February

Year 11 student Georgina Chan is the youngest student at CGGS to have attained her Licentiate Diploma of Music.

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From 10 to 13 February, Year 7 students were away on camp, based in Tathra on the NSW South Coast.

Year 7 Camp to Tathra19 February

From 10 to 13 February, Year 7 students were away on camp, based in Tathra on the NSW South Coast.

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Applications for 2016 CGGS scholarships are closing soon.

2016 scholarship applications close this Friday26 February

Applications for 2016 CGGS scholarships are closing soon.

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On Thursday evening, Principal Anne Coutts and Head of Junior School Heather Ablett welcomed new parents to the Junior School.

New Junior School parents welcomed17 February

On Thursday evening, Principal Anne Coutts and Head of Junior School Heather Ablett welcomed new parents to the Junior School.

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Our Friends of Music are re-convening for 2015 with their first meeting on Wednesday 25 February in the Music Centre at 5.30pm next week.

Friends of Music news20 February

Our Friends of Music are re-convening for 2015 with their first meeting on Wednesday 25 February in the Music Centre at 5.30pm next week.

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Grammarians' News this week.

Grammarians' News19 February

Grammarians' News this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winter Netball trials 12 February

The 2015 CGGS winter netball season is about to start.

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News from APFACTS19 February

News from APFACTS this week.

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Asthma Foundation ACT newsletter20 February

The latest asthma school newsletter from Asthma Foundation ACT.

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REMINDER: Readak Parent Information Evening is on Tuesday 10 March13 February

At Canberra Girls Grammar School we constantly examine our curriculum to ensure we are offering the best educational opportunities for your child. Once again we will be offering the option of The Readak Advanced Learning Skills Course to students in Years 7-12.

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ATTENTION: Winter netball Years 7-9 Intermediates12 February

In 2015 we will start the next two-year transition of phasing down our new navy netball dresses into the Years 7-9 Intermediate Division.

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SwimFit 2015 at the CGGS swimming pool12 February

SwimFit is back during term time in 2015.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES 

SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY, CGGS FAMILY AND FRIENDS' SERVICE

9.30am, Chapel of the Annunciation, Senior School. Come and get ready for the build up to Easter (there will be food involved) and the Senior Chapel Choir will perform. Service duration: 40 minutes.

SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY, ICE HOCKEY COME AND TRY DAY

10am, Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre. For boys and girls, ages 5-18. 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