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20 - 24 July 2015
This year, 40 Year 6s and four Year 5 students were very excited to venture into the fantasy world of Aladdin.

Year 6 musical: Aladdin Trouble

This year, 40 Year 6s and four Year 5 students were very excited to venture into the fantasy world of Aladdin.

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From the Principal

I hope you all enjoyed a refreshing break over the three week winter holiday.

Three weeks equals 21 days or 504 hours. The recommended amount of sleep needed by teenagers is about 9 hours per night, which is approximately 189 hours. If we estimate about one and a half hours per day for eating, that leaves about 284 hours of free time over the winter break.

We often congratulate students in their school reports for the balance they achieve between their busy co-curricular involvement and their academic studies. This is a skill that will be beneficial for the rest of their lives; the ability to use time efficiently. Co-curricular activities help students to enlarge their friendship groups, build self-esteem, learn about teamwork and enrich their knowledge and perspective on life as well as building success and experiences in sport, music, drama or whatever activity they have chosen.

I am sure that this ability to use time effectively and efficiently spills over into holiday times too. Everybody needs downtime and holidays are a great time to catch up with friends, to read that book you’ve been wanting to, maybe to catch up on more sleep and to spend more time with your family. It’s often a time to get creative too. Many students enjoy art and craft and making things. Recent research from the University of Glasgow in the UK has been investigating the benefits of creative activities. One of their findings is that quilting ‘improves your health in ways that even exercise can’t manage’. Who would have thought that quilting, which my mother enjoys and excels at, could have such a beneficial effect on our wellbeing?

However we spent our time in these holidays, we will have faced hours of infinite possibilities.

I was fortunate enough to travel to England to visit my family. While I was there, I hosted a Grammarian reunion and community event in the House of Commons in London. It was a very happy occasion and showed the wide international reach of our alumni and families. The oldest attendee left CGGS in 1960 and the youngest left last year. There was a wide variety of professions and occupations and all were united in wanting to make this reunion an annual event. I am grateful to Alix Biggs (2012) and Philippa Crowther (2012), School Captain and Vice-Captain of 2012, who happened to be in London talking academic courses at LSE and SOAS from the ANU. They gave speeches to tell the alumni about how CGGS is now, as many attendees had not been able to visit the School for many years.

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

Welcome back to Term 3 and I hope the break was relaxing for you all.

In speaking to students over the last few days the diversity of individual and family experiences during the break has been amazing. Emma Bavington, Year 10 Robertson, spoke about how she spent part of the holidays on a work experience opportunity with the Bangara dance production here in Canberra. Emma described the chance to be on the lighting desk as exciting and professionally valuable enough but spoke passionately about the vitality and power of the production.

The Academic Reports went out during the holidays and indicated that many students settled into sound class, homework and assignment patterns and achieved well-earned results through Semester 1. While some students will need to reassess their approach to their studies I would strongly encourage them to seek the advice of their respective teachers about what effective changes can be made. Those discussions, I suggest, need to happen in the next couple of weeks.

A different but nonetheless very important aspect of the reports was the record of wider involvement by students in the life of the School. In some cases students are over committed and need to find the balance while others would benefit from the life and social skills to be gained from being part of a team or an activity – particularly an activity that has a community aspect. Over the break I was taken by a comment from one of the New Horizon – Pluto Mission staff who observed that doing the easy things, while sometimes expected or part of daily routine, was not where you found yourself – it was in doing the hard things or things outside your expected day to day role that the rewards are to be found. As Helen Keller observed, "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."

On a practical note we have the Athletics Carnival happening on Tuesday 4 August and Moderation Day on Thursday 13 August. For students who catch Qcity Transit bus number 10 it has been renumbered 24 – there is no change to the route or timetable of this service. The relocation and upgrade of the Queanbeyan Bus Interchange to Morisset Street is very welcome and we have been informed that in most cases the current timetable and bus numbers will remain the same. In coming weeks there will be notifications of any changes throughout the media, Queanbeyan City Council publications and the Qcity website.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Junior School

What has been evident this week is that everyone appears to be energised and enthusiastic for the new term.

The semester began with a gathering of all students for our first Assembly. We are delighted that 10 new students will join the ELC or Junior School this term to take places of those who left Canberra at the end of Semester 1. These new students came into various parts of the Junior School and ELC and each is looking forward to the beginning of a long and happy association at the School with new friends. We wish them and their families a warm welcome to the CGGS family.

STAFFING UPDATE:

  • Mrs Jann Elliott has commenced as class teacher for Year 5W for the remainder of the year, after helping out in the PE department and earlier in the year in the Library.
  • Mrs Jane Hincksman is working in the PE department, replacing Mrs Cherylee Kuypers who is on long service leave for the next month or so.
  • Mrs Rosemary Thompson, who has assisted by teaching 1H whilst Miss Hickey has been on leave will resume her substantive role in Week 3 and Mrs Julie Long will undertake a contract for the remainder of Term 3 until Miss Hickey returns.
  • Mr Greg Cross, Head of PSPE and Sport returned after his five weeks of leave in Term 2.

JUNIOR PRIMARY PLAYGROUND
The playground caused much excitement this week when students arrived to find a new double slide and a generous supply of new sand for the sandpit. This is part of the overall plan to upgrade many aspects of our grounds over times, adding to the murals on the sound attenuating wall, the new equipment and chalkboards. It has been terrific to witness the enjoyment all students have had exploring the new aspects to their outdoor learning spaces. 

YEAR 5 ROSTRUM SPEECHES

Public speaking is an integral part of our learning programs and last term the Year 5 class finalists presented their speeches for the cohort and were formally judged according to strict criteria. It was impossible to separate two of the presentations and thus in 2015 we have joint winners in Jacqueline Davis and Bella Laverock. This week Jacqueline presented her speech, an amusing account and thoughts from a merino sheep, and Bella’s “If I could change something I would…” which was a thought provoking speech about the life of a performing dolphin at Seaworld. Both were outstanding presentations. Jacqueline and Bella were presented with a trophy and certificate in recognition of their success.

VACATION CARE
The School continued to be a busy place during the holidays. A team of staff, led by the two Co-ordinators Mrs Tammy Brown in the Junior School and Mrs Sharon Hogan in the ELC managed our two Vacation Care programs. There were well over 100 children who attended the School in this period for one or more days. We thank all of the staff who were involved in planning and implementing the stimulating programs for these children. It is congratulations to all concerned that the recent program was so successful.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

PHOTOS: The Junior School playground.

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From the Director of Pastoral Care

Welcome back to Semester 2 and a warm welcome to our 15 new students in the Senior School. 

Soon the Safe School Committee will host lunchtime meetings with all new students to answer any concerns and help their transition to the Senior School.

The Personal Development program for each year level began for the semester yesterday. Each student will participate in sessions specifically designed for their year level and the program is delivered by their tutors.

Link here to refer to the pastoral care semester planner to follow the program for your daughter.

I look forward to seeing many dads and male carers with their daughters at the Father Daughter/Son Breakfast on 6 August. RSVP By 31 July to sstudentservices@cggs.act.edu.au

Jeanette Widmer
Director of Pastoral Care

NEWS

Senior Council raises almost $3000 for the L'Arche Foundation.

Grammar Night Live

Senior Council raises almost $3000 for the L'Arche Foundation.

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Music News23 July

Welcome back to the Music Department for Term 3.

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On Tuesday 7 July, four CGGS students braved the NSW crowds at Thredbo to compete at the Redlands Cup.

Snowsports: Four students compete at the Redlands Cup22 July

On Tuesday 7 July, four CGGS students braved the NSW crowds at Thredbo to compete at the Redlands Cup.

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On Monday, the joint winners of the Year 5 Rostrum Competition, presented their winning speeches at our first assembly of the new term.

Year 5 Rostrum winners22 July

On Monday, the joint winners of the Year 5 Rostrum Competition, presented their winning speeches at our first assembly of the new term.

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I was privileged to complete a placement with the Australian Mammals division of Taronga Zoo in Sydney last week as part of their work experience program.

Tiana's work experience at Taronga Zoo23 July

I was privileged to complete a placement with the Australian Mammals division of Taronga Zoo in Sydney last week as part of their work experience program.

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On Friday 10 July 2015, Year 11 and Year 12 Economics students attended the China Update 2015 Conference at the ANU.

Students attend the China Update 2015 Conference22 July

On Friday 10 July 2015, Year 11 and Year 12 Economics students attended the China Update 2015 Conference at the ANU.

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On the last day of Term 2, the Senior School held the House Creative Minds Day.

Creative Minds Day23 July

On the last day of Term 2, the Senior School held the House Creative Minds Day.

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The results are in for the South Weston Team who competed at ACT Cross Country last term.

ACT Cross Country Junior School results are in4 June

The results are in for the South Weston Team who competed at ACT Cross Country last term.

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In Term 2, simple machines have been the focus for Year 4.

Simple machines in Year 421 July

In Term 2, simple machines have been the focus for Year 4.

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The Safe School Committee warmly invites you to its 2015 Father and Daughter/Son Breakfast.

2015 Annual Father Daughter/Son Breakfast9 June

The Safe School Committee warmly invites you to its 2015 Father and Daughter/Son Breakfast.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 25 July22 July

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarians' news this week.

Grammarians' News23 July

Grammarians' news this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY NOTICES

28 AUGUST, RIBBONS & CRANES BRAIN CANCER AWARENESS DINNER

7pm, Corinna Room, Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. All funds raised in support of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and Brain Tumour Alliance Australia. Book your tickets through http://www.trybooking.com/141443. 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