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25 - 29 May 2015
This week, CGGS textiles students were on WIN News Canberra for creating special garments for families in need.

CGGS sews garments for the Angel Gowns Program

This week, CGGS textiles students were on WIN News Canberra for creating special garments for families in need.

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From the Principal

Resilience – power or ability to return to original form or position after being bent, compressed or stretched.

In 2009 the Director of Harvard’s Bureau of Study Counsel, Abigail Lipson, shared her publication Reflections on Rejection with the Stanford University Centre for Teaching and Learning. This inspired Stanford to look at ways of helping students to respond positively to academic setbacks, in other words, to build resilience. A year later the University founded the Resilience Project.

The idea was simple, to post edited videos of alumni talking about their experience of failure, rejection or setback. The website proved popular in the first year and the Project developed to provide workshops called ‘Failure by Design’, exploring how to reframe and move forward from the experience of failure. By 2014 the Resilience Project had hosted the Resilience Consortium, a collaboration of a number of universities to compile an online compilation of research, tools and linked resources to help students to:

  • learn about learning;
  • seek advice;
  • get perspective; and
  • connect with the community.

On a small scale, resilience can help our children to raise their hands in class, to answer questions and take the risk of ‘sounding stupid’. On a larger scale, this quality helps them to tackle difficult challenges, knowing that they might not succeed this time but it’s better to have a go. Then, who knows, this time you might triumph.

As an educationalist, I know that students can learn a great deal through failure. In fact, as Winston Churchill famously said,

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

So, how do we help and encourage our children to build resilience? If our love for them is conditional on them being successful, gaining good grades, or excelling in sport or music, then failure brings a double burden. Our children can feel they have lost our love, our good regard, because of that failure. Another thing we must avoid is protecting them from the consequences of their own mistakes or failures. If we do too much for them we are teaching them to be fearful of being independent.

One of my favourite true stories from a previous school is of the student who told her teacher she could not hand in her assignment because it was her father’s birthday the day before. The teacher replied, "But Jane, you’ve known for two weeks that this was the deadline, surely you could have finished it despite your father’s birthday?" Jane hastened to explain, "You don’t understand Mrs Jones, dad doesn’t do assignments on his birthday."

Anne Coutts
Principal

 

From the Head of Senior School

I was so pleased and very proud to see a number of our senior students featured in the promotional pamphlet for National Reconciliation Week.

The School and community focus is around Reconciliation Action Plans; Curriculum Resources and Professional Learning frameworks to assist teachers and early learning educators in promoting reconciliation.

Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people meaning peace, alive, wellbeing and coming together. The Ngunnawal people are Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and waterways on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located.

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning is designed to support the 21,000+ early childhood, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.

Participating schools have been invited to support the concept and will be assisted in finding meaningful ways to increase respect, reduce prejudice and strengthen relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Congratulations to the students from CGGS and CGS on the wonderful Barnum production. Many hours of dedicated work went into the preparation of the musical—a fantastic effort.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

At CGGS we have many clubs which complement the curriculum studies within the School.

One such club is the Science Club (The Big Bang Theory Club), who have written the report for me on their recent activities. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Jane O’Brien
Director of Teaching and Learning 

In our most recent fortnightly meeting, The Big Bang Theory Club undertook the procedure of making nylon. We began in a prior meeting by learning a little about the invention and development of nylon, its creators and its uses.

It is the mission of the Science Club to perform the experiments requested by its members and this, being our first grant, was a resounding success. Ms England, our lab technician, painstakingly compiled the necessary and complex chemical solutions. Each member, to their excitement, combined the solutions and was allowed multiple attempts at pulling and spinning their very own nylon strands. The more enthused of the club were even allowed—after Ms England’s appropriate treatment of the strand—to take home their creations.

The club hopes to maintain the young scientists’ zeal, with a myriad of weird and wonderful experiments to come. 

The Big Bang Theory Club

From the President of the P&F Association

Everyone’s talking about the Winter Ball!

I am thrilled to announce, due to popular demand, for the very first time, parents and friends of Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) and Canberra Grammar School (CGS) ELC, Junior and Senior Schools will come together for an exciting combined event co-hosted by the CCGS and CGS Parents & Friends Associations (P&Fs)

A combined Magical Winter Ball will take place on Saturday 15 August at Hotel Realm. Not a fundraiser, the sole aim of this exciting event is for parents and their guests across both schools to simply enjoy each other's company.

With music, entertainment and great company, this inaugural event is guaranteed to be a fun-filled evening.  There will be fabulous giveaways and prizes throughout the night and the magical wintery theme will set the scene for a night of sparkling ‘Black tie’ glamour to remember.

Tables will be set for 10, limited tickets go on sale on Wednesday 10 June and a formal invitation will be sent shortly. In the meantime please mark the date in your calendar. Class groups or friends may like to consider arranging a table or individuals may prefer to join a year group table as a way of meeting other parents. More information on how this can be arranged will be provided with the invitation.

The 2015 Magical Winter Ball will be the flagship community social event of our combined Parents & Friends Associations this year. The 2015 Winter Ball Committee, Co-chaired by CGGS and CGS, is working hard to ensure the night is fabulous and the event is one our communities will return to year after year. 

If you would like more information about the Ball or to donate a prize please contact: combined-winter-ball@cgs.act.edu.au

Mareeta Grundy Reid
President of the CGGS P&F Association

NEWS

Barnum has been a new and exciting experience for all the CGGS students involved.

More than 50 students take part in the combined Barnum the Musical

Barnum has been a new and exciting experience for all the CGGS students involved.

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The PSSA Touch Football Gala Day was on Tuesday 26 May at Deakin playing fields.

Junior School students take on touch football29 May

The PSSA Touch Football Gala Day was on Tuesday 26 May at Deakin playing fields.

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As we are an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, one of our aims is to encourage our students in their international-mindedness.

Bilingual Storytime at the Junior School28 May

As we are an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, one of our aims is to encourage our students in their international-mindedness.

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We invite you to come along for some fun performances on 3 to 4 June.

Buy your tickets to the 2015 Autumn Shorts performances28 May

We invite you to come along for some fun performances on 3 to 4 June.

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Junior Primary children assembled to watch a dramatised version of the Aaron Blabey picture book The Brothers Quibble.

National Simultaneous Storytime fun at CGGS28 May

Junior Primary children assembled to watch a dramatised version of the Aaron Blabey picture book The Brothers Quibble.

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On Saturday 23 May, 20 members of the Gabriel Singers travelled to Sydney to perform in the Australian A Cappella Championships.

Gabriel Singers compete at the AUSACA Australian A Cappella Championship 28 May

On Saturday 23 May, 20 members of the Gabriel Singers travelled to Sydney to perform in the Australian A Cappella Championships.

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Last Thursday, a group of Year 11 and 12 students accepted an invitation to attend the Meet the Business Leaders function hosted by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Meet the Business Leaders 201528 May

Last Thursday, a group of Year 11 and 12 students accepted an invitation to attend the Meet the Business Leaders function hosted by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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Music news this week.

Music News28 May

Music news this week.

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Last week, we were lucky enough to have renowned U.S. poets and educators Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger in residence for three days.

Engagement through poetry28 May

Last week, we were lucky enough to have renowned U.S. poets and educators Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger in residence for three days.

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On Wednesday 20 May, six keen Year 11 and 12 students took part in the College Touch Football Gala Day in Deakin.

College Touch Football Gala Day28 May

On Wednesday 20 May, six keen Year 11 and 12 students took part in the College Touch Football Gala Day in Deakin.

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Year 11 students Amelia McGrath and Breanna Lee represented the CGGS at the National Schools Debating Championships recently.

5th place at the National Schools Debating Championships 29 May

Year 11 students Amelia McGrath and Breanna Lee represented the CGGS at the National Schools Debating Championships recently.

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Last Friday the boys from Hay House at CGS joined with Glebe girls for an afternoon of fun and food.

Glebe and Hay house get-together27 May

Last Friday the boys from Hay House at CGS joined with Glebe girls for an afternoon of fun and food.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 29 May27 May

Congratulations to the following students.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

Entertainment books are back!8 April

The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

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News from APFACTS28 May

APFACTS news this week.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

29 JUNE - 2 JULY,  ACTING ANTICS ACTING & THEATRE CAMP, CGGS SENIOR SCHOOL

Audition, rehearse & perform a fully costumed play in 4 days! Every student gets a role with dialogue! Fabulous costumes! Link here for more information.

13-15 JULY, DRAMA WORKSHOP WITH GYTON GRANTLEY, CGGS SENIOR SCHOOL

NIDA Graduate Olivia Simone and 'Off the Beaten Track' are returning to Canberra again for the July school holidays to run a workshop in acting, singing, dancing to camera workshops with Gyton Grantley. 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