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31 August - 4 September 2015
Yesterday the CGGS community celebrated the culmination of many weeks of inquiry, research and collaboration by our wonderful Year 6 students through the CGGS PYP Exhibition.

From the head of Junior School

Yesterday the CGGS community celebrated the culmination of many weeks of inquiry, research and collaboration by our wonderful Year 6 students through the CGGS PYP Exhibition.

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Anne Coutts

From the Principal

Did you know that it is estimated that it would cost $3.4 billion each year to provide clean drinking water to everyone on earth? But did you also know that $9.2 billion is spent on bottled water across the world each year?

One of the things I value about our students is their passion for justice. They often see issues in clear black and white and will get very animated in explaining what damage we are doing to our environment, or how we should stop buying cage eggs, or how we can help those who are disadvantaged. Their energy in raising money for charity is boundless. Many of them volunteer their time to help others.

Sadly, as we get older often this passion fades. We begin to see the black and white fade to grey. We justify our choices and learn to be comfortable with the way we live. I often ponder, in this short piece, how we can learn much from our children and our students. Their simple summing up of a situation give us pause.

Today (Thursday) the Junior School held the annual Year 6 Exhibition. This was a truly impressive showcase of all that Year 6 has been doing for their final unit of inquiry. This year it was all about science and technology. The depth of research and clarity of understanding that each girl displayed as she talked to me about her project was remarkable. Again, I saw that passion as they talked about topics ranging from artificial intelligence and drones to prosthetic limbs and E Ink. One conversation started with the Year 6 student asking me how I disposed of my batteries at home. I gulped a bit and confessed I threw them in the bin. She then, gently but firmly told me what a bad idea this was and how rechargeable batteries are best for the environment and why. Her grasp of the chemicals involved and the environmental impact they had was accurate and thorough. I now have to re-think my battery policy at home!

Anne Coutts

Principal

Mareeta

From the P&F - Staff nominations

The CGGS Parents and Friends Association Staff Awards provide an opportunity to reflect upon and say thank you to some of the wonderful people that devote their lives to educating our children and creating our warm, diverse school community.

Annually, there are two staff awards sponsored by the CGGS P&F. The first award is for teaching excellence, in memory of the late Karen Harris. The second award is for an outstanding contribution to the CGGS School Community.

Nominations for both these awards can be made by students, parents or staff members of CGGS. A short statement in support of the award must be provided as well as an endorsement from someone outside your immediate family.

Nominations for both awards should be sent to pandfst@cggs.act.edu.au by Thursday 29 October 2015.

Link here for further information about the Awards.

The P&F Committee

Hopefully you will have noticed that we have cancelled the Family and Friend’s Service on Sunday due to the clash with Father’s Day.

CANCELLED - Blessing of the Animals4 September

Hopefully you will have noticed that we have cancelled the Family and Friend’s Service on Sunday due to the clash with Father’s Day.

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On Friday 28 August, 29 Year 12 Yalari students from around Australia met for a celebratory lunch at Duntroon.  It was a wonderful occasion and congratulations to Larissa Woosup (Year 12) for being named the inaugural Yalari valedictorian for 2015.

Larissa named inaugural Yalari valedictorian 2015 – Congratulations!4 September

On Friday 28 August, 29 Year 12 Yalari students from around Australia met for a celebratory lunch at Duntroon. It was a wonderful occasion and congratulations to Larissa Woosup (Year 12) for being named the inaugural Yalari valedictorian for 2015.

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Last Sunday, a large and appreciative audience were treated to a concert of choral delights. All three Chapel Choirs, Gabriel Singers, Motet, Glee and Chorale together with organist Evelyn Welling (Year 12) presented a wide range of repertoire.

Music News4 September

Last Sunday, a large and appreciative audience were treated to a concert of choral delights. All three Chapel Choirs, Gabriel Singers, Motet, Glee and Chorale together with organist Evelyn Welling (Year 12) presented a wide range of repertoire.

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The School's event calendar has been added to the Canvas Calendar.

Events calendar goes digital4 September

The School's event calendar has been added to the Canvas Calendar.

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Term 3 is always a busy and productive time in the Creative Arts Department.

Visual Art and Photography News4 September

Term 3 is always a busy and productive time in the Creative Arts Department.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the Year 12 BSSS students and all other Year 12 students in the ACT sat the AST.

AST Breakfast to wish good luck to Year 12's4 September

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the Year 12 BSSS students and all other Year 12 students in the ACT sat the AST.

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On Wednesday 3 September Pre-prep F invited their father’s in for an hour of activities and fun.

Fathers' Day Activities in Pre-Prep F4 September

On Wednesday 3 September Pre-prep F invited their father’s in for an hour of activities and fun.

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Good luck to all junior and senior winter hockey teams heading towards the finals!

Hockey News4 September

Good luck to all junior and senior winter hockey teams heading towards the finals!

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Student-led conferences were held this week in the Junior School

Student Led Conferences at the Junior School4 September

Student-led conferences were held this week in the Junior School

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The children of Pre-Prep enjoyed the opportunity to meet Healthy Harold and his helper from Life Education

Healthy Harold Visits the ELC4 September

The children of Pre-Prep enjoyed the opportunity to meet Healthy Harold and his helper from Life Education

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Year 3 students investigate heat and how it can be used in the senior school science lab

Year 3 Science Class in the Senior School Lab4 September

Year 3 students investigate heat and how it can be used in the senior school science lab

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Students from Years 9-11 will be heading off to Vanuatu in a French Immersion program with a specific focus on community service.

Years 9-11 Upcoming Trip to Vanuatu4 September

Students from Years 9-11 will be heading off to Vanuatu in a French Immersion program with a specific focus on community service.

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Success for the Australia Aurora u24 Dragon Boat team in Canada

Grammarians News Sept 4 20154 September

Success for the Australia Aurora u24 Dragon Boat team in Canada

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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.