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The Junior School Swimming Carnival for 2015 was a huge success.

House spirit on show at the Junior School Swimming Carnival

The Junior School Swimming Carnival for 2015 was a huge success.

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From the Principal

For some time now you have been telling us that Studywiz is not the easiest or most informative platform to aid our communication with you as parents.

We are delighted that this afternoon, you will receive information about logging into our new platformCanvas.

This is phase one of this platform going live and we welcome your feedback about how you find using it. Simply press the feedback button to tell us what you think and enable us to address any initial hiccups.

We chose to adopt Canvas after some rigorous research and visits to other schools who used a variety of different digital platforms. We hope that it will combine ease of use and multifunction capability for teachers and students as well as parents. This is phase one. There are more features to come and these will be rolled out over the next months.

It has been good to see so many parents at our House Breakfasts this week. Please remember to respond to the P&F if you can offer some time to join the P&F committee or offer your expertise and/or time to support the P&F's work in bringing parents together and building our school community.

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

At the full school Assembly this week I put two challenges to the students.

I prefaced the challenges by referring to three related quotes. The first of the quotes came from a recent television advertisement depicting a couple sitting in a restaurant overlooking a beautiful coastal scene, possibly Greece or Italy. They are working through a business decision of obvious significance to them. The restaurant owner is called over and with a gentle smile offers the following advice, "A ship is safe in the harbour but that is not what ships are built for."

A similar piece of wisdom is expressed in the second quote, attributed to 4th Century Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu, "How shall I talk to a frog about the sea when it has never left its pond?" In the third quote the extraordinary American author and political activist Helen Keller, who overcame being both blind and deaf, noted "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." All three quotes challenge us to move outside our comfort zone and to embrace life with a hope-filled attitude.

My first challenge to the students, as we begin Week Four of the term, was to reflect on the academic goals they had set themselves at the start of the term. If 2014 had been hugely successful for them, had they been determined to explore strategies to further their academic performance—to move outside 'the harbour'? If 2014 had some challenges, how had they re-set their goals and perhaps sought advice as to more effective study or organisational skills? I encouraged them to be optimistic, not pessimistic, about their skills and talents. A new year, a new start and new opportunities.

The second challenge was about community and the students new to CGGS in 2015. In every year group there are new students finding their way in a different school community to last year. I encouraged students of all year levels to find one new student before the end of the week and to ask them how they have settled in—to make sure they feel welcome in this wonderful community.

On a different note, a big thank you to all staff and students who participated in the Year 8 and Year 9 Camps last week. A great effort!

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

As I write this contribution to the Weekly Update, the annual House Swimming Carnival has just been completed. 

What fantastic spirit was evident with 325 primary students engaged and involved in every aspect of the event. Students were cheered when competing, regardless of the result. They were encouraged and supported in their races and when they were not competing, they cheered and encouraged others. Parents and grandparents were out in large numbers, either to assist with time-keeping or to spectate and for this we are very grateful as it contributed to the positive community spirit. Special mention should be extended to the eight House Captains who worked very hard alongside the House Coordinators to ensure that students were reminded when they had a race. They were instrumental also in leading their House in chants and war cries, all adding to the atmosphere.

The House structure in the Junior School offers healthy competition and opportunity to expand friendships within the House. Nothing draws people together more than a shared purpose or team! Students and staff alike relish the chance to barrack and cheer for those competing and to don their House colours for House events (we even saw some parents dressed in House colours)! This House spirit is encouraged and supported throughout all areas of the School. House activities are not limited to Sport, however, as most will know from the House Breakfasts held in Week 2. As well as our amazing House Sports Carnivals and Inter House Netball and Soccer, there is House Public Speaking, House Chorals, Junior Primary House Activity Mornings, House Chapels and House Performance Assemblies—something for everyone. Students at the Junior School earn points for their respective Houses, all contributing to the Aggregate House Shield which is presented at the end of the year. With the year just underway, I know each House is hoping for a successful year.

There was a sea of gold, blue, purple and orange, with every student participating, regardless of their swimming prowess because they knew that getting involved and doing your best is paramount.  Go Gilmore!  Go Mackellar!  Go Chisholm!  Go Bates!

This year Chisholm are congratulated for winning the House Swimming Cup.

The results:

2015 House Swimming Cup

1st                           Chisholm

2nd                          Bates

3rd                           Gilmore

4th                           Mackellar

Age Champions:

8 Years:                Frances Gale, Chisholm

9 Years:                Sienna Ruberto, Bates

10 Years:              Lucy Piva, Bates

11 Years:              Emma Willett, Bates

12 Years:              Holly Abbey, Chisholm

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

From the Director of Teaching and Learning

A message about NAPLAN 2015.

WITHDRAWALS AND EXEMPTIONS
All students in Years 7 and 9 are expected to sit the NAPLAN tests in May this year, but there are some instances where students may be exempted from one or more of the NAPLAN tests or marked absent (for the purpose of the tests) or withdrawn from the tests. The National protocols for test administration provide the framework for understanding student participation.

EXEMPTIONS
Exemptions may be granted for students with a language background other than English or for students with a disability. In both cases, the School needs to discuss the proposed exemption with the student's parent/carer and gain their permission prior to the testing period.

English language proficiency: Students with a language background other than English who arrived from overseas and have been attending school for less than a year before the test, may be exempted. However, these students are not automatically exempt and should be given the opportunity to participate in testing. Students may be exempt from one test (e.g. reading) but still be able to participate in another test (e.g. numeracy).

Students with disability: Adjustments are provided to students with disability to support access to the tests and encourage maximum participation. Students with significant intellectual disability and/or those with significant co-existing conditions which severely limit their capacity to participate in the tests may be exempted from sitting the national tests. For more information on the types of adjustments available, see the section on Adjustments for students with disability.

WITHDRAWALS
NAPLAN tests are a routine part of the School calendar. However students may be withdrawn from the testing program by their parent/carer if there are religious beliefs or philosophical objections to testing. This is a matter for consideration by individual parents/carers in consultation with their child's school. A formal application must be received by the School prior to the testing.

If you need any further information about the exemption or withdrawal process please contact me as soon as possible at jane.obrien@cggs.act.edu.au or 02 6202 6406.

Jane O'Brien
Director of Teaching and Learning

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From the Director of Pastoral Care

The 2015 Safe School Committee were presented their badges at Assembly this week.

The members are Emma Heldon, Annie Lloyd, Annabelle Connery, Alice Maxwell, Katherine Flint, Belle Hocking, Ellen Thurlow, Rori Bettle, Annabel Laing, Daniella Vido, Rylodain Mina, Amelia Holly, Emma Findlay, Lucinda Flood, Madeline Holly, Sophie Harris and Georgina Gilbert.

The committee has already welcomed Year 7s and given each student a pastoral care welcome bag containing the following items:

  • A map is to remind you that you will always find the way.
  • The rubber band is to remind you that when you feel stretched beyond your capabilities you'll be resilient and bounce back.
  • The Smarties are to remind you that you can succeed in many different ways.
  • The peg is to remind you that when you think you're falling, there's always someone who will support you.
  • The pen is to remind you that you are preparing for further study and life.
  • The eraser is to remind you that we all learn from making mistakes.
  • The block is to remind you to think outside the square.
  • The band-aid is to remind you to be forthright and heal hurt feelings in others and in yourself.
  • The pipe cleaner is to remind you to be flexible when adapting to new people and activities.
  • The ribbon is to remind you that friendship binds us together.
  • The stars are to remind you to shine and always try your personal best.
  • The highlighter is to remind you to make the most of opportunities.
  • The hearts are to remind you to serve others in our community.
  • The cotton balls are to remind you that this school community is full of kind words and warm feelings.
  • The tissue is to remind you to show consideration and empathy for others.
  • The smiley bag is to remind you to always keep your sense of humour.
  • The balloon is to remind you that you have untapped potential.
  • The secret to the locks is to remind you that doors are always open.

The Safe School Committee is to remind you that you should always feel welcome within our school community.

Also includes the Safe School booklet, SPEAK UP.

On Thursday and Friday, the committee are holding lunches for all new students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11, along with Tim Tamsa symbol of friendship.

The Safe School Committee will host Harmony Day across the School on Friday 20 March and it will be a day to celebrate cultural diversity. All students are encouraged to wear cultural dress.

An exciting year awaits.

Jeanette Widmer
Director of Pastoral Care

PHOTO: From back row to front, Megan Tomlins and Eric Roussel. Second row, Georgina Gilbert, Jeanette Widmer, Alison Kane and Emma Findlay. Third row, Madeleine Holly, Rylodain Mina, Amelia Holly and Sophie Harris. Fourth row, Rori Bettle, Daniella Vido and Annabel Laing. Front row, Belle Hocking, Katherine Flint, Annabelle Connery and Alice Maxwell. Absent: Lucinda Flood, Ellen Thurlow, Emma Heldon and Annie Lloyd.

NEWS

Grammar Report #100 celebrates ‘Tradition’ at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

The latest Grammar Report is out now

Grammar Report #100 celebrates ‘Tradition’ at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

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After listening to parents' feedback and months of in-house preparation, CANVAS the School's replacement for Studywiz goes live this coming Monday!

We've replaced Studywiz with CANVAS27 February

After listening to parents' feedback and months of in-house preparation, CANVAS the School's replacement for Studywiz goes live this coming Monday!

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Wednesday morning saw the annual Glebe House Breakfast.

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Wednesday morning saw the annual Glebe House Breakfast.

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Year 11 students participated in Peer Support leadership training recently.

Year 11 students support their peers26 February

Year 11 students participated in Peer Support leadership training recently.

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On Wednesday, the Junior Primary students had a great morning at school whilst the Primary students were at the Swimming Carnival.

Junior Primary's House Activities26 February

On Wednesday, the Junior Primary students had a great morning at school whilst the Primary students were at the Swimming Carnival.

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International Mother Language Day is held on 21 February every year. The aim of this day is to

Junior School celebrates International Mother Language Day26 February

International Mother Language Day is held on 21 February every year. The aim of this day is to "promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world".

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Music news this week.

Music News26 February

Music news this week.

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Year 11 Business students have been enjoying their introductory unit, Small Business, this term.

Year 11 students get a taste of Small Business26 February

Year 11 Business students have been enjoying their introductory unit, Small Business, this term.

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Last week, Year 8 attended their annual camp in Jindabyne.

'Have a go' at Year 8 Camp 26 February

Last week, Year 8 attended their annual camp in Jindabyne.

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As part of their Unit of Inquiry about the sustainability of water, Year 2 students visited the Cotter Dam.

Year 2 excursion to the Cotter Dam26 February

As part of their Unit of Inquiry about the sustainability of water, Year 2 students visited the Cotter Dam.

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Former Canberra Girls Grammar School students, Skye Higgs (1995) and Alicia Nash (Fry, 1995) have reunited after almost 20 years to create their own children's fashion label.

Grammarians create new children’s wear label23 February

Former Canberra Girls Grammar School students, Skye Higgs (1995) and Alicia Nash (Fry, 1995) have reunited after almost 20 years to create their own children's fashion label.

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On Sunday 15 February, Mixed, Womens and Opens Grammar Crews raced in the Jindabyne 10th annual regatta.

CGGS Dragon Boating crew races at the Jindabyne 10th annual regatta25 February

On Sunday 15 February, Mixed, Womens and Opens Grammar Crews raced in the Jindabyne 10th annual regatta.

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It has been a busy couple of months for CGGS rowers.

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It has been a busy couple of months for CGGS rowers.

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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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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 27 February25 February

Congratulations to the following students.

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CGGS in the media24 February

CGGS in the media this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Death Cap Mushroom Warning from ACT Health26 February

Do not touch, pick or eat any wild mushrooms!

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Soccer Trials26 February

For those interested in playing this season which commences in Week 1 of Term 2.

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Winter Netball trials 12 February

The 2015 CGGS winter netball season is about to start.

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News from APFACTS26 February

The latest newsletter from APFACTS this week.

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1st VIII training hard at the weekend

PHOTO: Georgia Falzon, Julia Cronin, Jacinta Maxwell, Elizabeth Tridgell, Rachel Toohey, Arabella Schiwy, Taylor Caudle, Annabelle Marshall and Annalise Murn.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

SATURDAY 14 MARCH, CGGS ROWING CLUB'S ANNUAL FUN-RAISER

6pm, Senior School Hall. CGGS Rowing's annual trivia and auction night is back. The theme this year is Hawaiian and non-rowing friends are welcome. Tickets are $15 per person. Link here for more information.

SATURDAY 28 MARCH, PCYC FAMILY FUN NIGHT

5-7pm, PCYC Erindale, Erindale Shops. The event is to get local families together as a meet and greet as well as for them to get to know the local police and program on offer at the PCYC. It is an all ages event and will be free entry and food. 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