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6 November 2015
After many months of preparation, Fete day finally arrived. Despite the threat of rain in the days leading up to the big day, the weather held and thousands enjoyed the spectacle of Canberra’s biggest and oldest school fete.

CGGS P&F FETE 2015

After many months of preparation, Fete day finally arrived. Despite the threat of rain in the days leading up to the big day, the weather held and thousands enjoyed the spectacle of Canberra’s biggest and oldest school fete.

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Anne Coutts

From the principal

The race that stopped the Nation also made headlines this week as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. There is no doubt that Michelle’s story is moving and inspiring on many levels. The story of her early years with her father bringing up ten children on his own. Her close and supportive relationship with her brother who has Downs Syndrome was evident for all to see. Her early passion for horse riding and her determination to persevere despite the male dominated world of horse racing.

How ironic that Glen Boss felt he had to say in a report in the Australian “It’s fair to say it will still be a male dominated sport, that’s the way it’s been for a long time and the sooner people get their heads around it the better”. Of course, he later retracted that statement and said that he had been “hung out to dry” and “I so much support girls”.

This made me think about role models. We can all think back to people who inspired us, mentored us or who we just admired from afar. These people change our thinking, challenge us to do the best we can and sometimes show us the way to do that.

It’s important for our young girls and boys to have role models. Real people, not just celebrities who strut their stuff in the media. When our youngsters progress in their sport they need heroes, sometimes from famous teams, sometimes from older students in the school. In music the same applies, you hear a student playing or singing beautifully and you think “that’s what I want to do”.

At our debating dinner last week I was moved and impressed by the accomplished speeches that our students gave. Impressed by their research and writing and moved by their delivery.

We are so fortunate in our CGGS community to have such role models; students that can inspire. 

Anne Coutts
Principal

Michelle Payne on ABC news Wednesday;

“I just want to say ‘get stuffed’ to all those who think women can’t succeed in a male dominated world”.

Peter Milligan

From the head of senior school

Congratulations to the P&F, and Fete Committee Chair Brad Robertson in particular, on a really great community event. The effort behind the fete was substantial and I believe the buzz of excitement and positive feel of the event certainly rewarded those efforts. Thank you also to the Senior Council and local retailers and fashion labels for the success of the Fashion Parade.

The Year 11 and Year 12 Drama evening and the CGGS Textiles and Fashion Parade this week highlighted the wonderful talents of our students. Special congratulations to India Murphy (Yr 12 Burgmann) who directed the Year 12 play, The Cagebirds. India has been accepted into the prestigious VCA Scriptwriting course for 2016. Outstanding.

This week at our full school Assembly we welcomed the 2016 Senior Council in a handover celebration where the current Senior Council members presented their counterpart with a flower. Elizabeth Tridgell, our 2015 School captain gave a wonderful speech which focussed on three key points of advice for not only the incoming Senior Council but for all students. Her speech in part:

“It has been a privilege being your School Captain this year. I couldn’t be happier to be handing over the metaphorical reins to Annabel and I am sure that she, Miranda and the SC of 2016 will strive to make next year the best it possibly can be.

But there are three things I want to leave you with today.

These are:

Be there,

Be a part of it,

and Be proud.

First up, Be there. There comes a time when all good things must come to an end So, my advice to Annabel, Miranda and really everyone in this hall, is to not only know that someone will come to help, but also to be that someone that offers help. Be there for each other. Be there, because sometimes just sitting down and listening can mean the world to someone and make all the difference.

Secondly, Be a part of it. This school offers incredible opportunities to those who see them as such. The best way to make the most of this school is to immerse yourself in it wholeheartedly and embrace the unique culture that has grown within the Canberra Girls Grammar School community.

Don’t come to the end of your time at CGGS and realise that you have regrets. Regrets that you didn’t try that sport that season, or didn’t do that subject because your friends weren’t doing it. Don’t let your time here pass by without grasping each and every opportunity you have to make the most of your time here.

Last but not least, Be proud. There is no other school like Canberra Girls Grammar School. Now I’m not just saying that, there is actually no other school like it. It wasn’t until this year that I actually realised just how unique and quirky our school is. No other school does House Music quite like we do. No other school has a tradition such as the Fete Fashion parade that stems so far back that nobody knows its origins, no other school has a uniform unicorn and no other school has an obsession for badges or stripy shirts quite like we do.

I said it a little over a year ago and I’ll say it again now, we are not sheep. We are strong, independent women, who don’t need a shepherd. The events of the past few weeks only highlight the importance of CGGS in the community. We offer a distinctly unique school experience that enables girls to freely express their thoughts and feelings. We are girls helping girls, women helping women and no matter how many years go by we will stick by that tradition. Be proud of that ladies, the glorious green blazer is more than just an expensive, shoulder padded and multi-purpose pocket holder. It is also a symbol of excellence and sophistication, and when you combine that with the classic sass of a Girls Grammar student, you get some pretty amazing chicks.

Ladies, Annabel’s a part of it, Miranda’s a part of it, you are a part of it. Be there, be a part of it, be proud, be CGGS.

Thanks for a great year.”

At the SC Leadership Formation Camp, held at Tallowa Dam the weekend before Term One started, the SC expressed the view that they wanted to organise activities that engaged the CGGS community, made a difference to others and were ‘fun’. They have succeeded in all cases. The SC have added their story to Canberra Girls and will now move to the next exciting phase of their lives. I am sure we will see them in serving in leadership roles in the future with the same sense of style, commitment and generosity.

The following achievements were acknowledged at the Assembly:

Australian Maths Competition High Distinction (A High D is for the top 2% of students in Australia)

Liqi Pan (Yr 12 Glebe)

Juniper Bedwell –Wilson (Yr 12 Kilburn)

Rowena Stening (Yr 10 Robertson)

Sakshi Talaulikar (Yr 10 Kilburn)

Zoe Melhuish (Yr 7 Glebe)

Emma Phillips (Yr 7 Deakin)

Tournament of Towns. This Mathematics competition is of a similar level to the International Mathematics Olympiad. Credit Certificates were attained by:

Liqi Pan (Yr 12 Glebe)

Rowena Stening (Yr 10 Robertson)

Wool4Schools Competition: Wool4 School is a nationwide fashion design competition that, each year, asks high school students to design an outfit made entirely from wool and following a nominated theme.

This year the criteria required students to design an outfit suitable for a winter’s day in Paris, New Delhi, Tokyo, Moscow or New York. Canberra Girls did fantastically well in all age groups this year.

Finalist certificates were awarded to:

Bianca Armstrong (Yr 8 Glebe), Sophie Montefiore-Gardner (Yr 7 Glebe), Tara Melhuish (Yr 10 Glebe) and Sophie Lane (Yr 11 Kilburn)

Outstanding Achievement Awards were awarded to:

Abby Chung (Yr 10 Burgmann) Sophia Dimarhos (Yr 10 Glebe); Alice Martin (Yr 10 Waverley); Sophie McGinnes (Yr 10 Robertson); Chloe McDonald (Yr 10 Kilburn); Anita Pickard (Yr 10 Glebe); Charlotte White (Yr 10 Waverley; Anna Mulcahy (Yr 8 Kilburn) and Lily Simatupang (Yr 8 Kilburn).

Well done to the students and Staff involved in these competitions.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

Heather Ablett

From the head of junior school

Over the last 10 days or so much has been written about the Boys School announcing their decision to become fully co-educational and the change of culture that entails. In fielding questions about the impact on Canberra Girls Grammar School because of that decision I have been pleased to reassure everyone that our School remains resolute that we will remain a girls’ school from Year 3. We are proud of our School and the advantages it provides for our girls as they move through to the young adulthood. We are also proud of the co-educational ELC and Junior Primary years where the support, encouragement and focus on foundation skills is paramount and accommodated well in a mixed gender classroom.

It is obvious to everyone that the relationship between CGGS and CGS will be very different in the future. We have valued the benefits of some shared experiences over the years but now we are in a position to re-evaluate some of our practices and activities. As always we will advise our families of any changes.

The Junior School at CGGS deserves its outstanding reputation. The academic results achieved by our students set us as one of the best schools in the country. Our teaching staff are forward thinking, innovative and dedicated. The teachers at CGGS are experts; skilled in delivering our world class PYP programme. This was very evident from our recent highly successful IBO Evaluation where we achieved an unprecedented ten commendations. Our ELC achieved the first coveted Excellence rating in the ACT and was only the 16th ELC in the whole of Australia to achieve this award.

That being said, at CGGS we never rest on our laurels! More visible to the junior school community in 2016 will be our focus on Science, Technology and Engineering with two new Innovation spaces for students to have ready access to hands-on experiments, design, 3-D printing, coding and the like. In addition to this will be a fully revamped outdoor area for the Junior School that is now at the final planning stages with students actively involved in offering ideas and feedback.

You may be interested in visiting the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia website -https://www.agsa.org.au/ which has links to wide ranging aggregated research on the strength of the education of girls in single-sex girls’ schools. 

 

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

Lizzie

FROM THE 2015 SCHOOL CAPTAIN

The final speech given by the 2015 School Captain Elizabeth Tridgell at assembly on Tuesday.

It was only a little over a year ago when I stood up here and spoke of sheep and wolves, and how we should always, always be wolves. It’s been a little over a year and I still stand by what I said. This year may have been the ‘year of the sheep’ according to the Chinese zodiac, but I don’t believe my SC nor anyone in this hall can say that that can be an appropriate summation of 2015.

It has been a privilege being your school captain this year. I couldn’t be happier to be handing over the metaphorical reins to Annabel and I am sure that she, Miranda and the SC of 2016 will strive to make next year the best it possibly can be.

But there are three things I want to leave you with today. These are:

Be there,

Be a part of it, and

Be proud.

First up, Be there. There comes a time when all good things must come to an end. The end of high school is nigh for the year 12s and even more so, my time as School Captain. I can honestly say that it hadn’t seemed to be that long ago that I was in Annabel’s shoes.

At times it seemed like this year would never end, those were understandably when times were tough. When my commitments and responsibilities were stretched too far and too thin and I thought I wouldn’t get things done without something, whether it be my sport, my academics or my social life, having to suffer.

Now I’m not going to be dishonest and say that those times won’t happen to the SC of 2016 or indeed anyone in this hall today, because they will. I will be honest in saying though, that you will get through them. You’ll get through them with the help of family and friends and from that one person you never thought it would come from. It was members of the SC that stepped up and offered to lend a hand that helped me get through them and the same will happen to Annabel, or indeed any future school captain.

 So, my advice to Annabel, Miranda and really everyone in this hall, is to not only know that someone will come to help, but also to be that someone that offers help. Be there for each other. Be there, because sometimes just sitting down and listening can mean the world to someone and make all the difference.

Secondly, Be a part of it. This school offers incredible opportunities to those who see them as such. The best way to make the most of this school is to immerse yourself in it wholeheartedly and embrace the unique culture that has grown within the Canberra Girls Grammar school community.

For example, for many years I was one of those classic basketballers that claimed to hate netball. I didn’t really have a reason, I just felt like I had to. That changed when I came to CGGS and I learned just how popular the sport is. By the time I was in year 9, I decided to try it out to see what the fuss was about and I loved it. I have loved playing Netball for the past 4 years and my one regret is that I didn’t start sooner.

Don’t come to the end of your time at CGGS and realise that you have regrets. Regrets that you didn’t try that sport that season, or didn’t do that subject because your friends weren’t doing it. Don’t let your time here pass by without grasping each and every opportunity you have to make the most of your time here.

Last but not least, Be proud. There is no other school like Canberra Girls Grammar school. Now I’m not just saying that, there is actually no other school like it. It wasn’t until this year that I actually realised just how unique and quirky our school is. No other school does house music quite like we do. No other school has a tradition such as the Fete Fashion parade that stems so far back that nobody knows its origins, no other school has a uniform unicorn and no other school has an obsession for badges or stripy shirts quite like we do.

I said it a little over a year ago and I’ll say it again now, we are not sheep. We are strong, independent women who don’t need no Shepard. The events of the past few weeks only highlight the importance of CGGS in the community. We offer a distinctly unique school experience that enables girls to freely express their thoughts and feelings. We are able to stand on our own two feet now and into the future.

We are girls helping girls, women helping women and no matter how many years go by we will stick by that tradition. Be proud of that ladies, the glorious green blazer is more than just an expensive, shoulder padded and multi-purpose pocket holder. It is also a symbol of excellence and sophistication, and when you combine that with the classic sass of a girl’s grammar student, you get some pretty amazing chicks.

Ladies, Annabel’s a part of it, Miranda’s a part of it, you are a part of it. Be there, be a part of it, be proud, be CGGS. 

Thanks for a great year.

Elizabeth Tridgell (Year 12)
2015 School Captain

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