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1 April 2016
Congratulations to our Softball team which has just won the Woden Valley Summer competition. This mixed campus team of students from Years 4-8 were an amazing group with new and experienced players coming together to not only win the premiership but also go through the season undefeated!

CGGS SOFTBALL TEAM UNDEFEATED

Congratulations to our Softball team which has just won the Woden Valley Summer competition. This mixed campus team of students from Years 4-8 were an amazing group with new and experienced players coming together to not only win the premiership but also go through the season undefeated!

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Lisa Damour, a US psychologist and the Director of Laurel School’s Centre for Research on Girls, has written a new book called ‘Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.'

Dr Damour says that girls are highly attuned to what others expect of them and feel compelled to meet a variety of high standards. They feel pressed to be successful in school, friendly, helpful, physically attractive, athletic and popular. This is a lot to ask anyone!

She goes on to say that parents tend to expect more of their teenage daughters than their teenage sons and cut them less slack. We see girls as more fragile, we give them less privacy and we often hold them to higher standards of behaviour.

Dr Damour wants parents to view teenage years more positively not just five years to ‘get through’. She advocates trying to understand what makes your daughter tick and how you can help guide them to become grounded young women. She does advocate initially monitoring social media accounts to keep an eye on your daughter’s digital activity but says parents should ask themselves if they are doing this because they have serious concerns or simply because they can.

Dr Damour outlines the seven stages of being a teenage girl as:

  1. Parting with childhood.
  2. Joining a new tribe.
  3. Harnessing emotion.
  4. Contending with adult authority.
  5. Planning for the future.
  6. Entering the romantic world.
  7. Caring for herself.

This is an interesting read for parents of girls.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The personal development book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, written by Stephen Covey, has been required reading for leaders for many, many years. Recently The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey, caught my attention as being very useful when discussing situations or possible reactions to situations with our children:

Habit 1: Be Proactive.

Being proactive is more than just taking the initiative. It is accepting responsibility for own behaviour (past, present, and future) and making choices based on principles and values rather than on moods or circumstances.

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind.

All things are created twice – first mentally, second physically. Individuals, families, teams, and organisations shape their own future by creating a mental vision and purpose for any project.

Habit 3: Put things first.

Prioritise, and do the most important things first. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Habit 4: Think win-win.

Thinking win – win encourages conflict resolution and helps individuals seek mutually beneficial solutions. It’s sharing information, power, recognition and rewards.

Habit 5:  Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication and relationship building.

Habit 6: Synergise.

Synergy is about producing a third alternative – not my way, not your way, but a third way that is better than either of us would have come up with individually.

Habit 7: Sharpen the saw.

Sharpening the saw is about constantly renewing ourselves in the four basic areas of life: physical, social emotional, mental and spiritual.

There may be opportunities to employ aspects of these ‘habits’ in discussion with your daughters at different times – to listen, to make choices on principles and values, to seek mutually beneficial solutions or to accept responsibility for our actions are amongst some other sound advice.

Request for assistance!  We urgently need four soccer/ football coaches. If any mums or dads can assist could you please contact Miss Lorraine Peck, Head of Sport.

Best wishes,

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Damaris Patterson

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

“The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires.”

William Arthur Ward

Our teachers at CGGS provide inspiration not only to our students but also to the profession. I wrote in my last article about the successful IPSHA Deputies and Curriculum Coordinators Conference held at the Junior School earlier in the term. At this conference four of our teachers presented to a group of over fifty educational leaders. The conclusion of the event, brought with it a flurry of excitement as I was approached by several delegates, all commenting on the calibre of our teachers and the innovative work they are doing in our classrooms. Sometimes it takes comments like this to make me stop and think, we really do offer educational excellence at CGGS, as to us these initiatives become the norm.

This year at the Junior School we have a real focus on promoting our excellence to the broader professional community on a local, national and international scale and we have a number of staff presenting at a range of events for educators.

Locally, the Junior School is part of the ACT Primary Years Program (PYP) network. Where we collaborate with PYP educators from the other PYP schools across Canberra. Next term there will be a series of ‘TeachMeets’ in various school locations with teachers volunteering to share their PYP classroom experiences. I was extremely proud when Alex Galland, Curriculum Coordinator, shared the line-up of presenters with me and other CGGS staff.

During the holidays Mrs Lisa Cockerill, Acting Director of Junior School, and Miss Tara Bourne, Year 3 teacher are heading to Gold Coast to present at the ‘No 2 Bullying’ conference. Here they will deliver a session on our newly developed ‘CGGS Way’ which is an innovative approach to improving and dealing with student behaviour. It has been fascinating to share insights and reflections of the students as Lisa and Tara have prepared video footage for their presentation, which have demonstrated the immediate success of this program.

At an international level, Mrs Alex Galland will present at the International Literacy Association Conference in Boston in the United States during the upcoming holiday. Alex and Mrs Louise Cullen, who left CGGS to take up a position at a school in China at the end of last year, were approached to deliver a full day at the Boston conference following on from their success in presenting at a national conference here in Australia last year.

As you can see we really are spreading our innovative approaches in providing educational excellence to our students, far and wide, and these are just some of many other examples. This, in turn, contributes to our successful recruitment of outstanding teachers when we have positions available as CGGS is seen as a quality environment where teachers’ careers can flourish.

Damaris Patterson
Acting Head of Junior School

The beginning of Week 9 in the Boarding House and we have just returned from the Easter exeat. We are left wondering where the time has gone!!

FROM THE BOARDING HOUSE31 March

The beginning of Week 9 in the Boarding House and we have just returned from the Easter exeat. We are left wondering where the time has gone!!

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Several CGGS students have recently achieved success in creative writing competitions. In the Noted Writer’s Festival, English Captain Emily Alder won first prize for poetry and Madeleine Bessell-Koprek took out first prize for the short story competition.

Creative Writing Success31 March

Several CGGS students have recently achieved success in creative writing competitions. In the Noted Writer’s Festival, English Captain Emily Alder won first prize for poetry and Madeleine Bessell-Koprek took out first prize for the short story competition.

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On Wednesday, 9 March, Senior School students participated in the annual CGGS House Swimming Carnival, at the Australian Institute of Sport Swimming Pool. Our School theme is ‘participation at all levels’.

HOUSE SWIMMING CARNIVAL WRAP1 April

On Wednesday, 9 March, Senior School students participated in the annual CGGS House Swimming Carnival, at the Australian Institute of Sport Swimming Pool. Our School theme is ‘participation at all levels’.

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In true Glebe style, the house got together on 18 March for our annual Glebe Sleepover! It was a night of action, fun, and yummy food, and involved trivia, a dance off, a movie, and a whole school Rob the Nest!

GLEBE SLEEPOVER31 March

In true Glebe style, the house got together on 18 March for our annual Glebe Sleepover! It was a night of action, fun, and yummy food, and involved trivia, a dance off, a movie, and a whole school Rob the Nest!

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From 7-10 March I attended the Air Force Women's Flight Camp at RAAF Base Amberley. I was one of sixteen lucky ladies selected, ranging from Year 11 to university students.

CATHERINE’S HIGH FLYING EXPERIENCE31 March

From 7-10 March I attended the Air Force Women's Flight Camp at RAAF Base Amberley. I was one of sixteen lucky ladies selected, ranging from Year 11 to university students.

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The P&F Association invites all current and future parents to attend the ‘Seven Secrets to a Healthy Mind’ Parent Seminar followed by cheese, wine and networking on Thursday, 5 May 2016 at 6.30pm.

SEVEN SECRETS TO A HEALTHY MIND - PARENT SEMINAR31 March

The P&F Association invites all current and future parents to attend the ‘Seven Secrets to a Healthy Mind’ Parent Seminar followed by cheese, wine and networking on Thursday, 5 May 2016 at 6.30pm.

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The CGGS 1st Quad recently competed at the Australian Open and the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta. Clubs and schools from all over Australia competed in the 7 day regatta which was held at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith.

CGGS AT NATIONAL ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS31 March

The CGGS 1st Quad recently competed at the Australian Open and the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta. Clubs and schools from all over Australia competed in the 7 day regatta which was held at the International Regatta Centre in Penrith.

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On 21 March, Rylodain Mina (Year 12), Mrs Widmer and myself were invited to the Governor General's long lunch in honour of Harmony Day.

HARMONY DAY LUNCH AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE31 March

On 21 March, Rylodain Mina (Year 12), Mrs Widmer and myself were invited to the Governor General's long lunch in honour of Harmony Day.

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23 teams in the Senior School stepped out for their first games last Saturday as we started the 2016 season. Teams showed great spirit and sportsmanship on the first day of official competition.

Winter netball 2016 season underway!31 March

23 teams in the Senior School stepped out for their first games last Saturday as we started the 2016 season. Teams showed great spirit and sportsmanship on the first day of official competition.

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ENGLISH GENIUS HOUR31 March

Year 9 students have recently embarked upon English Genius Hour – a project which will see them devote one English lesson each cycle to a self-generated project that develops their English skills.

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This Sunday at 5:30pm will be our third family and friends do this for you

CHAPEL NEWS31 March

This Sunday at 5:30pm will be our third family and friends do this for you "Easter Too". Easter goes for seven weeks so if you haven't had too much chocolate already come and join the celebrations.

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We have seen outstanding results in both Orienteering and Little Athletics over the past couple of weeks. CGGS certainly continues to produce excellent athletes!

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS31 March

We have seen outstanding results in both Orienteering and Little Athletics over the past couple of weeks. CGGS certainly continues to produce excellent athletes!

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All past Canberra Girls Grammar Students are invited to attend the CGGS Alumni Cocktail Function on Saturday 21 May 2016 to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary.

GRAMMARIANS' NEWS31 March

All past Canberra Girls Grammar Students are invited to attend the CGGS Alumni Cocktail Function on Saturday 21 May 2016 to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary.

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