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11 - 15 May 2015
213 staff, students, Grammarians and their families walked or ran in the event on Sunday.

Canberra Girls Grammar School wins the largest school team at the Mother’s Day Classic

213 staff, students, Grammarians and their families walked or ran in the event on Sunday.

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From the Principal

Did you hear about the man who reported about the progress of the UK election in a delightfully low-tech way?

He had a map of the United Kingdom on cross-stitch fabric and every time the result for a particular seat was announced he embroidered a cross in red, blue or yellow. He then took a photo and tweeted that photo after each addition. What a great amalgamation of the old and the new!

I feel that we are looking for those kinds of innovative approaches in our teaching at the moment. We embrace technology with all its convenience, access to information and capacity to engage our students, but we also want to retain all that is powerful in our long experience of teaching.

Teaching can be thought of as an art, a craft or a science and all of these designations have merit. An art because it’s based on relationship and intuition, as all people-based skills are. A craft because you need to learn the best way to engage students, to make the content you are covering engaging and relevant to students and to learn how to use the tools and resources at your disposal. A science, because teaching and learning generates assessment data and other evidence that can inform teachers’ approach with both individual students and whole classes. This data can help form part of our success criteria to measure the impact of our teaching on the students’ learning.

I was impressed to visit the Junior School during their Student Led Conferences last year and see how they used augmented reality to give parents an experience of their daughter’s music classes. Parents could view a photograph of the music group involved with an iPad or smart phone and using augmented reality, access that group playing and singing. Many art galleries and museums are using this approach now and it was great to see how well it worked in this education context.

Technology gives us power, but it does not and can not tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world but it still doesn’t help us to know what to say.

-Jonathon Sacks

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Junior School

The Junior School over the last few years has continued to value the many partnerships we have developed with organisations outside the School. 

Over time the relationships we have built have contributed to deeper learning, a stronger social conscience and sense of their place and responsibility in their community and world. A week rarely passes without one or more high quality guest speakers presenting to the students and classes readily access the range of resources within the Canberra area that offer rich experiences. In addition, it never ceases to amaze me to witness that passion and initiative demonstrate when taking up a cause to help, such as our sister school in Kenya, local and national charities or the environment. This is testament to their collective sense of social justice, international mindedness and values. 

We are excited to announce that the Junior School has established a partnership with two local scientists and mathematicians through the CSIRO Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program (SMiS). SMiS is a national volunteer program bringing real-life Mathematics and Science into the classroom. Our partnership aims to promote Science and Mathematics education across the School, help to engage and motivate students in their learning and provide action learning through exciting opportunities, contemporary research and application.

Astronomer, Dr. Brad Tucker, is our partnered scientist. Dr. Tucker is based at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the ANU in Canberra and in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. The majority of Dr. Tucker’s work involves supernova and Cosmology. A certain type of supernova, called a type Ia, can be used as a standard candle that can trace our Universe's history. Dr. Tucker studies the galaxies that these supernova occur in and figures out how they are affecting our measurements and the supernovae.

Dr. Liber Eleutherios, our partnered mathematician, is based in the Applied Mathematics Research School at ANU, and has a strong background in calculus, economics and finance. With two young children himself, Dr.  Eleutherios is passionate about promoting mathematical thinking in Primary schools and challenging students to engage with real-life mathematical software.

Mathematics and Science are critical for understanding our current world, building technologies we all use every day and making predictions about our future world. We are looking forward to updating you on these exciting partnerships throughout the year.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School 

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From the Head of Senior School

The NAPLAN testing was held this week and our students are to be highly commended for the manner in which they participated in the tests.

NAPLAN does provide a range of valuable trend information which informs our curriculum planning and classroom pedagogy. While the testing was happening, Year 10 had a follow up meeting to the 2016 Year 11 Information Night last week with our Acting Director of Curriculum, Tara Dunstall and our IB Co-ordinator, Francis McGuigan. They explained in more depth the Board of Secondary School Studies expectations and the IB Diploma Programme. The Year 10 into Year 11 initial student interviews with Principal Anne Coutts and Jessica Dietrich our Careers Advisor also began this week.

Year 7 and 8 attended a very useful and informative talk from Protective Officer Amanda Reis and Sergeant Brett Cunningham from the AFP about Cyber Safety. The three main points of focus were Reputation, Privacy Management and Online behaviour. Interestingly a very small minority of students said they use Facebook, many more used Instagram, KIK or other sites. They were somewhat surprised to be informed that legally you should be 13+ to be on Instagram and 17+ for KIK. A key message was that if you sign up to an app you are also signing over your rights to the photos, messages for example you may think you are exchanging with a friends or small circle of friends. Those students who ‘collect’ a following of in some cases, over fifteen hundred ‘friends’, were warned that there is a strong possibility you will not know who some of them are or perhaps their motives. Students were also shown how easily their location, patterns of behaviour, for example sporting commitments, name, age, school, address etc can be traced through Instagram or Facebook and can raise issues of personal safety or home security. Password security was also addressed and some sound advice offered. The information around sending images, even a suggestive pose, was very informative and important to hear. What to do if you receive such texts or not giving in to peer pressure to send an image you know should not be sending was also discussed. The point was made repeatedly about the values we need to be evident in our online behaviour. What we would do or say face to face needs to apply to using different technologies. The point was made a number of times about not being involved or becoming involved with inappropriate online comments or bullying. Being supportive of those being targeted and not joining in – bystander behaviour – was also a strong message.

Overall the feeling was that this was a very useful presentation and we can offer the age and issue appropriate presentations to Years 9-12 throughout the course of the year. Also we are looking at offering the talk to parents. I would be interested in your response to that suggestion. On another note the Year 9 Social was held last Friday night­—the SRC and Senior Council were fantastic in their organisation and support of the event. We are looking at moving the Year 8 Social away from a Friday night because we had some Friday night sporting commitments that meant some Year 9 students couldn’t attend or were able to come for a reduced time. I will keep you posted on any change of date. Year 11 have their OP Shop Ball on this Friday which I am sure will be fun. My thanks also to the staff who volunteer to give up their Friday evening and assist with supervision.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

From the P&F Fete Administrator

A message from the P&F Fete Administrator.

Dear parents and friends, my name is Brad Robertson and I am the Administrator for this year's CGGS P&F Fete.

The fete will be held on Saturday 24 October. As you may be aware, the CGGS P&F Fete is the most important fundraiser of the year for the P&F and all of the proceeds are invested back into the School to support our children. The CGGS Fete has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. As my team and I begin the task of organising the event, there are a number of important positions that require keen, energetic and resourceful parents to fill. Link here to see the positions available. 

The positions are specific niche tasks that are supported through a management structure (i.e. you are not alone). If you are keen to contribute your time to this important event please contact me at pandf@cggs.act.edu.au 

Brad Robertson
2015 P&F Fete Administrator

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 (no school uniforms, underwear or socks), sports equipment, books etc. Please note we cannot sell TVs, computers, electrical goods, furniture, encyclopaedias or reference books, magazines over 3 years old (unless collectables), broken heavy items or any large 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

REMINDER: Changes to ACTION's Bus Services to CGGS from 18 May7 May

A message about ACTION's Bus Services to CGGS from 18 May.

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CGGS was the Champion School in the 9 Years Girls, 10 Years Girls and 11 Years Girls Cross Country Team events.

Teamwork leads to success at the South Weston Cross Country Carnival

CGGS was the Champion School in the 9 Years Girls, 10 Years Girls and 11 Years Girls Cross Country Team events.

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Last Friday, CGGS swimmers competed in the ACT Swimming Championships.

Podium finishes all round at the ACT Swimming Championships14 May

Last Friday, CGGS swimmers competed in the ACT Swimming Championships.

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Last week, ELC mums joined the students for some activities.

ELC Mothers' Activities14 May

Last week, ELC mums joined the students for some activities.

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We have had such a lot of windy days that on Monday, Prep F decided to take advantage of this type of weather and make wind socks.

Windy Day fun in Prep14 May

We have had such a lot of windy days that on Monday, Prep F decided to take advantage of this type of weather and make wind socks.

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Over the past few weeks, all students in Year 6 have prepared a speech from a topic list set by Rostrum, ACT.

It's Rostrum time again14 May

Over the past few weeks, all students in Year 6 have prepared a speech from a topic list set by Rostrum, ACT.

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Year 8 geography students had a thrilling as well as a chilling day outside in the Snowy Mountains recently.

Year 8 geography students brave the cold in the Snowy Mountains 14 May

Year 8 geography students had a thrilling as well as a chilling day outside in the Snowy Mountains recently.

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Basketball is off to a great start for the winter season with 16 teams across the Junior and Senior School.

Winter Basketball at CGGS14 May

Basketball is off to a great start for the winter season with 16 teams across the Junior and Senior School.

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On Thursday 7 May, the Year 7/8 Touch Football Team played in the Gala Day event.

ACT Year 7-8 Touch Football Gala Day14 May

On Thursday 7 May, the Year 7/8 Touch Football Team played in the Gala Day event.

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On Thursday 7 May we were fortunate to have Philip Swanton hold a Piano Masterclass for students who are about to sit AMEB piano exams.

Philip Swanton's Piano Masterclass14 May

On Thursday 7 May we were fortunate to have Philip Swanton hold a Piano Masterclass for students who are about to sit AMEB piano exams.

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On 30 April and 1 May, Year 11 students of Environmental Systems and Societies conducted fieldwork in different ecosystems in Sydney.

Year 11 students study Sydney's ecosystems14 May

On 30 April and 1 May, Year 11 students of Environmental Systems and Societies conducted fieldwork in different ecosystems in Sydney.

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On Thursday 7 May, CGGS had 11 students represent the South Weston Region in the 12 years and under ACT Swimming Championships.

CGGS swimmers at the 12 years and under ACT Swimming Championships14 May

On Thursday 7 May, CGGS had 11 students represent the South Weston Region in the 12 years and under ACT Swimming Championships.

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Last Thursday afternoon, seven excited sailors piled into our bus; eager to race against Sydney's best sailing teams at the NSW Team Sailing State Championships.

Seven sailors taken on the NSW Team Sailing State Championships13 May

Last Thursday afternoon, seven excited sailors piled into our bus; eager to race against Sydney's best sailing teams at the NSW Team Sailing State Championships.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements as at 15 May13 May

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarians' news this week.

Grammarians' News14 May

Grammarians' news this week.

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CGGS in the media this week.

CGGS in the Media14 May

CGGS in the media this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

BADMINTON

On Friday, Social Badminton started. It runs 3.30-4.30pm in the School gym. If you are a CGGS student interested in playing, see Miss Peck.

Lorraine Peck
Head of Cocurricular Sports
lorraine.peck@cggs.act.edu.au  

News from APFACTS14 May

News from APFACTS.

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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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MOTHER'S DAY CLASSIC 2015

CREDIT: Eloise Robertson (Year 12)

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is looking for host families

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is once again seeking volunteer host families to host international exchange students arriving in July 2015 for a stay of one term, one semester or two semesters. 

Volunteer to host an international high school student arriving into Australia in July 2015 through Southern Cross Cultural Exchange and prepare to be amazed at the way this unique and rewarding opportunity helps your family to become closer, to understand themselves better and see the world in a new light.

Carefully selected students will arrive in July for one term, one semester or two semesters from France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. They will attend a local High School, arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive health insurance cover – all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. To enquire about becoming a volunteer host family visit us at  www.scce.com.au email scceaust@scce.com.au or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our international student profiles and capture the spirit of family and friendship.
 

WODEN BROWNIE UNIT

The Woden Brownie Unit has spaces open for girls interested in participating in Girl Guides. Girls attending range in age from 6 to 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. 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