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27 November 2015
On Wednesday, 25 November, some of our Junior School students were invited to take part in the Coding & Innovation Boot Camp for Federal Politicians, hosted by Intel Australia, held at Parliament House.

JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE PART IN THE CODING & INNOVATION BOOT CAMP FOR FEDERAL POLITICIANS

On Wednesday, 25 November, some of our Junior School students were invited to take part in the Coding & Innovation Boot Camp for Federal Politicians, hosted by Intel Australia, held at Parliament House.

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Anne Coutts

From the principal

We are almost at the end of the school year and it’s time for celebrations and reflections.

Celebrations because we want to mark the achievements and activities of our students during 2015. So we have Presentation Night for Senior School and Presentation Assembly for Junior School. Our Year 12 Graduates have a Dinner and Presentation Night at the Great Hall in Parliament House. All of these occasions help us to mark and celebrate all that our students do.

At the end of any school year all students contemplate change. Whether it is moving up a year, moving from the ELC to Junior School or Junior School to Senior School or whether it is embarking on life after school. Life does not stand still and even our youngest students become accustomed to this annual change.

We like to encourage our students to reflect on the past year. You are a year older and how have you changed this year?  Have you managed to achieve some of the things you set out to do? Are you more knowledgeable, more confident and more content to be yourself?

We want our students to be ready and eager for the next stage of their journey. It was wonderful to see our 2016 Year 7 students this week as they spent two days with us in preparation for next year. Their excitement and enthusiasm was great to see. In talking to some of our Year 12 students I know they are ready for leaving school and embarking on life at University or training or a gap year. One of the joys of teaching is to be able to look back and see how much each student has progressed over the years, both academically and, in a wider sense, in their skills, talents and interpersonal skills.

So as the year comes to an end, we celebrate all that has happened in 2015. We contemplate and plan for the future and we are grateful for our school community.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The Year 12 Formal this week was a really enjoyable opportunity to celebrate another milestone with the Year 12 group. One member of staff in attendance remarked that she began teaching at Canberra Girls when the young women of Year 12 were in Year Seven. She commented on how proud and emotional she felt watching the group celebrate in the beautiful surroundings of Old Parliament House. I felt the genuine connection she had with her students as they approached her during the evening and talked with good-humoured ease. Carl Jung posited, “An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing of the heart of a person.”

Our best wishes go with the staff and students embarking on the Canberra Girls Grammar School China Expedition over the next three weeks. CGGS, as part of the expedition, will be doing their community service project at Trinyi Village in North West Yunnan Province, located 60kms from Shangrila. In Trinyi village most families raise livestock. In order to improve conditions within the community and promote sustainability, the students and staff will work with an NGO partner to build waste pits as rubbish is currently disposed of anywhere. CGGS will complete some of the following in their project workdays: digging foundations, moving bricks and painting and decorating walls. The students will also have lots of opportunities to interact with the local community and other students through sports activities as well as teaching some basic English. We wish all the very best for their time away.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Don’t forget to return all your sold and unsold P&F Christmas raffle tickets and money collected to the senior or junior receptions by Monday 30 November as the draw will be taking place in the Quad at the senior school on Wednesday 2nd of December at 1.15pm.

P&F NEWS26 November

Don’t forget to return all your sold and unsold P&F Christmas raffle tickets and money collected to the senior or junior receptions by Monday 30 November as the draw will be taking place in the Quad at the senior school on Wednesday 2nd of December at 1.15pm.

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Service of Lessons and Carols this Sunday 26 November.

CHAPEL NEWS 26 November

Service of Lessons and Carols this Sunday 26 November.

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Last Saturday the Dragon Boat team competed in a local junior regatta.

DRAGON BOAT NEWS26 November

Last Saturday the Dragon Boat team competed in a local junior regatta.

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As the year draws to a close we have a few final, and large, performance events left on our calendar as follows:

MUSIC NEWS26 November

As the year draws to a close we have a few final, and large, performance events left on our calendar as follows:

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It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Rachel Rayner to CGGS to talk to Year 9 and Year 7 students last Friday, November 20th.

Rachel Rayner STEM Presentation26 November

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Rachel Rayner to CGGS to talk to Year 9 and Year 7 students last Friday, November 20th.

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A film featuring Canberra Girls Grammar School students was shown at the National Library of Australia on Thursday at a special event for the outgoing Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French.

JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS - JACKIE FRENCH FILM26 November

A film featuring Canberra Girls Grammar School students was shown at the National Library of Australia on Thursday at a special event for the outgoing Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French.

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Last week, Year 8 Mandarin embarked on a journey to the Garden of Friendship and Chinatown Sydney!

YEAR 8 MANDARIN EXCURSION- CHINATOWN SYDNEY26 November

Last week, Year 8 Mandarin embarked on a journey to the Garden of Friendship and Chinatown Sydney!

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On the 9th November the CEO of Angel Gowns Australia, Fiona Kirk, came to talk to the year 10 textiles classes about their organisation.

YEAR 10 TEXTILES – ANGEL GOWNS26 November

On the 9th November the CEO of Angel Gowns Australia, Fiona Kirk, came to talk to the year 10 textiles classes about their organisation.

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For four days last week at Recess, the Art Courtyard and the Gym were a hive of French activity as the Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 plays were performed.

FRENCH PLAYS IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL26 November

For four days last week at Recess, the Art Courtyard and the Gym were a hive of French activity as the Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 plays were performed.

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CLASS OF 1985 – 30 YEAR REUNION

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS26 November

CLASS OF 1985 – 30 YEAR REUNION

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With not an electronic device in sight, they spent an innovative 45 minutes having fun and enjoying one another’s company.

Year 7 Burgmann find innovative way to have fun27 November

With not an electronic device in sight, they spent an innovative 45 minutes having fun and enjoying one another’s company.

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YEAR 6 STUDENTS VISIT SENIOR SCHOOL FOR FAMILIARISATION AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING DAY26 November

The students in 6R overwhelmingly agree that these are the lasting impressions they have taken from their recent two day adventure at the Senior School for Familiarisation Day and Diagnostic Testing day.

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