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8 April 2016
It was with much excitement that Prep students had a visit from the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We have been learning about varieties of transport and why we use different types for different purposes.

ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE VISITS PREP

It was with much excitement that Prep students had a visit from the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We have been learning about varieties of transport and why we use different types for different purposes.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

In the words of Victor Borge, The Danish comedian, “laughter is the shortest distance between two people”. We have all experienced that instant connection when we catch someone’s eye and start to laugh.

I believe that one of the signs of a happy, healthy family, school or community is that we laugh together. Not only do we feel better ourselves when we laugh, the release of endorphins in the brain causes that, we also make connections with the others around us. We talk about mindfulness, living in the moment and laughter creates happiness in that moment.

My youngest daughter used to like making us laugh when she was little. She used to regale us with jokes at the dinner table but jokes so lame that she missed the idea of a punchline. Of course this made us laugh even more. As she got older her jokes became slightly more sophisticated. Here are two that she would have loved to tell us:

The class teacher asks students to name an animal beginning with ‘e’. One student says ‘elephant’ then the teacher asks for an animal beginning with ‘t’. A student replies ‘two elephants’ and gets told off for being cheeky. The teacher asks for an animal beginning with ‘m’ – a student shouts out ‘maybe an elephant’!

A curious child asked his mother ‘Mummy why are your hairs turning grey?’ The mother replied ‘Actually it’s because of you, every time you are naughty, one more of my hairs turns grey’. The child thinks for a moment and then says ‘So that’s why Grandma’s hair is all grey’!

I wish you all a happy and laughter filled school holiday and a restful break.

Anne Coutts
Principal

PETER MILLIGAN

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The Australian Council for Educational Leaders is regarded as the peak professional organisation supporting the development and support of effective educational leadership in the 21st Century. ACEL’s stated purpose is to inspire, support, recognise and advocate for excellence in educational leadership. ACEL cultivates a collaborative learning community of educational leaders by enhancing leadership capacity through delivery of high quality programs, events and publications; elevating the standing of educational leadership by recognising excellence; representing, supporting and advocating for the education profession and sustaining strong state, national and international ACEL networks.

The very highly regarded ACEL Fellowship is a special category of membership awarded annually to members who have made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the improvement of student and organisational outcomes. It is with great pride that we acclaim Mrs Coutts as a recipient of an ACT ACEL Fellowship Award for 2016. A thoroughly well-deserved recognition of Mrs Coutts’s contribution to the wider ACT education community.

As we approach the end of Term One and the holiday break I was reflecting on how quickly the term has passed and the many, many individual and collective achievements. Notably for me was the gathering of 620 parents and students at the P&F Twilight picnic. As we reported on at the time it was such a pleasant evening and highlighted the value of community. C Gleeson SJ, in A Canopy of Stars, wrote “Young people first learn about community, of course, in the shelter of their family. What they learn or fail to learn in the home they bring to with them to the wider community of the school family. The interaction between the school and the family is, not surprisingly, of crucial importance. Community is the place where we respect and celebrate our differences.”

Thank you very much to the parents for your continued support of the school. Thank you also to the staff – teaching, administration and maintenance - for the great work throughout the term. Most importantly thank you to the students for the enthusiastic and good humoured manner in which you enter so many facets of the school community.

Have a relaxing break.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

Principal Anne Coutts was awarded the ACT Fellowship Award from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) on Thursday, 31 March 2016.

ANNE COUTTS RECEIVES TOP AWARD8 April

Principal Anne Coutts was awarded the ACT Fellowship Award from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) on Thursday, 31 March 2016.

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Our Dragon Boat crews have had a huge couple of weeks in Adelaide. Over the Easter weekend 51 students attended the Australian Dragon Boat Championships and this week 48 CGGS students competed in the Club Crew World Championships.

SUCCESS FOR DRAGON BOAT CREWS8 April

Our Dragon Boat crews have had a huge couple of weeks in Adelaide. Over the Easter weekend 51 students attended the Australian Dragon Boat Championships and this week 48 CGGS students competed in the Club Crew World Championships.

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The Quad was alive with the sound of Bands on Wednesday 6 April. The Senior Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band and Jazz Band provided musical entertainment during lunchtime, to an appreciative audience of students, teachers and visitors.

BANDS IN THE QUAD PERFORMANCE8 April

The Quad was alive with the sound of Bands on Wednesday 6 April. The Senior Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band and Jazz Band provided musical entertainment during lunchtime, to an appreciative audience of students, teachers and visitors.

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On Tuesday, 29 March, 28 CGGS students took part in the South Weston Swimming Carnival at the AIS. It was a very eventful day, with all girls making us proud by doing their very best. There were so many PBs swum with every member of the team looking out for each other, supporting and encouraging one another in every way.

SOUTH WESTON SWIMMING CARNIVAL8 April

On Tuesday, 29 March, 28 CGGS students took part in the South Weston Swimming Carnival at the AIS. It was a very eventful day, with all girls making us proud by doing their very best. There were so many PBs swum with every member of the team looking out for each other, supporting and encouraging one another in every way.

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Early in March, 10 teams made up of 37 CGGS students competed in the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) at the ANU.

CGGS TEAMS COMPETE IN NATIONAL LINGUISTICS OLYMPIAD8 April

Early in March, 10 teams made up of 37 CGGS students competed in the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) at the ANU.

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Congratulations to all the girls who performed in the Concerto Concert evening on Tuesday 29 March. This was a truly magical musical evening and was a fantastic forum for showing off the remarkable musical talents of our students.

CONCERTO CONCERT 20168 April

Congratulations to all the girls who performed in the Concerto Concert evening on Tuesday 29 March. This was a truly magical musical evening and was a fantastic forum for showing off the remarkable musical talents of our students.

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Last weekend the CGGS Sailing Team competed in the NSW Schools Team Sailing State Championships.

On Friday we had ideal conditions - the breeze was consistent and as a team we raced really well. We pulled off 4 wins; losing only to the top teams of the competition.

CGGS SAILORS COMPETE IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS8 April

Last weekend the CGGS Sailing Team competed in the NSW Schools Team Sailing State Championships. On Friday we had ideal conditions - the breeze was consistent and as a team we raced really well. We pulled off 4 wins; losing only to the top teams of the competition.

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On Thursday, 31 March and Friday 1 April, Year 7 students went out to the Cotter Dam Reserve for a Geography excursion. The cohort was divided into two with 7GGB, 7GGG, 7GGP, and half of 7GGO going on Thursday and 7GGR, 7GGS, 7GGY, and the rest of 7GGO going on Friday.

YEAR 7 GEOGRAPHY EXCURSION8 April

On Thursday, 31 March and Friday 1 April, Year 7 students went out to the Cotter Dam Reserve for a Geography excursion. The cohort was divided into two with 7GGB, 7GGG, 7GGP, and half of 7GGO going on Thursday and 7GGR, 7GGS, 7GGY, and the rest of 7GGO going on Friday.

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Emily Alder (Year 12) played her first official game with the Canberra Roller Derby League on Saturday evening and was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Brindabelters – an incredible achievement for a skater who was playing amongst seasoned veterans, some of whom have half Emily's lifetime in roller derby experience!

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS8 April

Emily Alder (Year 12) played her first official game with the Canberra Roller Derby League on Saturday evening and was awarded Most Valuable Player for the Brindabelters – an incredible achievement for a skater who was playing amongst seasoned veterans, some of whom have half Emily's lifetime in roller derby experience!

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