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2 December 2016
As part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, the Year 11 IB cohort participated in a combined Group 4 and Theory of Knowledge research project that spanned five days.

Group 4 is separated into three disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The students were split into groups that allowed collaboration across all three represented sciences.

IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE COMBINED PROJECT

As part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, the Year 11 IB cohort participated in a combined Group 4 and Theory of Knowledge research project that spanned five days. Group 4 is separated into three disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The students were split into groups that allowed collaboration across all three represented sciences.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

As teachers we are always encouraging our students to focus, to persevere, to work hard and to use their maximum effort. All good things to say but no one can sustain this all year round, including adults. We all need down time. Time to think and imagine. Time to relax and recuperate after a season of hard work.

It has been another busy year at CGGS and I wish you all a lazy, relaxing summer break. May you have time to do the things you have been looking forward to and time to see the people you really wish to be with.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The final week of term was highlighted by the Year 12 Graduation evening held at Parliament House and the Presentation Assembly for Years 7-9.

The Graduation Address was delivered by Grammarian Dr Penny King. Penny is an Associate Professor and an Australian Research Council 'Future Fellow' at the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at the Australian National University (ANU).  After receiving a Ph.D. in Geology at Arizona State University (USA), she was an Associate Professor at Western University in Canada, then a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque USA, before moving to ANU.

Penny is the only Australian-based researcher to have worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission with the Curiosity rover.  In 2013, the mission found evidence on the surface of Mars for a past environment that would have been favourable for microbes.  Her research group currently examines what happens when a gas reacts with a solid.  These kinds of reactions occur naturally in stars, in volcanoes, in smelters and on the surfaces of all of the planets.  At ANU, Penny teaches the first year environmental science course – the Blue Planet. She is passionate about improving careers in the sciences, especially for women and other underrepresented groups, and is helping create better professional pathways for people within the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Penny’s mother, Elizabeth, was the past Head of Science at CGGS and her sister, Alex Post also attended CGGS and is now a marine biologist who works in Antarctica.  The King Family Prize for Science is awarded by the family. It was wonderful to welcome Penny back to Canberra Girls.

The Year 7-9 Presentation afternoon was an important opportunity this week for students receiving academic or co-curricular awards to be recognised in front of their peers, parents and school community. Traditionally at this time Years 10-12 have finished school. The majority of Year 10 are on work experience and some are on exchange which precludes them from attending the Presentation assembly. In order for them to be appropriately recognised they will be presented at the Commencement Academic Assembly at the beginning of Term One 2017.

The 90th celebrations this year have been community building as well as celebratory. My thanks to the P&F, the Development Office and the school community for planning, organising and embracing the activities. Walter Wright, in Relational Leadership, notes the importance of having a strong sense of belonging to a community at school when he observes ‘Okay, what about “Thank God it’s Monday”? What would it take for people to look forward to Mondays? …I want three things out of Monday. 1) community – group of people – where we belong, where we can enjoy relationships of friendship, where we share a common vision. 2) a place where can make a contribution – where the skills, interests and competence that we have can contribute something to the larger world – where who we are, has value that is needed. 3) a place where we can continue to grow and learn – where we are taken seriously and encouraged to grow – where we have opportunity to learn and develop – both our ability to contribute and our ability to live life fully.’

I want to wish the whole CGGS community a safe and family focussed Christmas break.

Very best wishes.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

In October we proudly announced that two of our very own Year 12 students had been named in the Young Matilda's squad travelling to China where they were to compete in the under 19 Asian Football Confederation qualifiers.

Since their return in early November, Georgia Boric and Nickoletta (Nicki) Flannery barely had time to sit still - with final assessments, formals, Graduation Dinner and of course, training and competitive games of football to be played. However, they each took the time to write a short article about the experience of being a ‘Young Matilda’.

BE INSPIRED BY OUR YOUNG MATILDAS2 December

In October we proudly announced that two of our very own Year 12 students had been named in the Young Matilda's squad travelling to China where they were to compete in the under 19 Asian Football Confederation qualifiers. Since their return in early November, Georgia Boric and Nickoletta (Nicki) Flannery barely had time to sit still - with final assessments, formals, Graduation Dinner and of course, training and competitive games of football to be played. However, they each took the time to write a short article about the experience of being a ‘Young Matilda’.

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This week almost one hundred Year 10 students are participating in work experience.

Visiting teachers are reporting a high degree of enthusiasm on the part of the students and a great deal of satisfaction from employers.

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE2 December

This week almost one hundred Year 10 students are participating in work experience. Visiting teachers are reporting a high degree of enthusiasm on the part of the students and a great deal of satisfaction from employers.

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In our Religion and Philosophy lessons, we were talking about having a ‘plan B’ for whenever we are in an uncomfortable situation, so we created an app called ‘Oh No!  I Need Help!’

This app allows people to send for help quickly and easily when they are in an uncomfortable position and feel unsafe. We created this app for the Young ICT Explorers competition, which involved us coming up with the concept and doing the coding to create the app.

OH NO! I NEED HELP!2 December

In our Religion and Philosophy lessons, we were talking about having a ‘plan B’ for whenever we are in an uncomfortable situation, so we created an app called ‘Oh No! I Need Help!’ This app allows people to send for help quickly and easily when they are in an uncomfortable position and feel unsafe. We created this app for the Young ICT Explorers competition, which involved us coming up with the concept and doing the coding to create the app.

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In Term 1, 2017 the Music Department are extending an invitation to the CGGS community to take part in a performance of Dan Forrest’s - Requiem for the Living.  We are inviting parents, caregivers, Grammarians, Staff and community members to join the community choir or orchestra for this wonderful performance.

2017 COMMUNITY CHOIR & ORCHESTRA OPPORTUNITY2 December

In Term 1, 2017 the Music Department are extending an invitation to the CGGS community to take part in a performance of Dan Forrest’s - Requiem for the Living. We are inviting parents, caregivers, Grammarians, Staff and community members to join the community choir or orchestra for this wonderful performance.

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Last Friday, another impressive showcase of the Independent Learning Program was held in the Science Foyer. The showcase was a culminating activity designed to provide an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to share and celebrate their work and achievements.

INDEPENDENT LEARNING PROGRAM SHOWCASE2 December

Last Friday, another impressive showcase of the Independent Learning Program was held in the Science Foyer. The showcase was a culminating activity designed to provide an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to share and celebrate their work and achievements.

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Bang, bang, bang! The drum exploded into sound as the song we had worked on for the whole term started. Everyone had been having fun the whole year in this new, fun and engaging band program.

This program is a new and exciting part of our Music curriculum. This is a chance for more students to engage in learning musical instruments.  This is just for Year 4 at the moment but we hope that in the future more year levels will join in.

YEAR 4 BAND2 December

Bang, bang, bang! The drum exploded into sound as the song we had worked on for the whole term started. Everyone had been having fun the whole year in this new, fun and engaging band program. This program is a new and exciting part of our Music curriculum. This is a chance for more students to engage in learning musical instruments. This is just for Year 4 at the moment but we hope that in the future more year levels will join in.

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Last weekend was the final adventurous journey for 2016, a total of eight for the Year 10 students, accompanied by two adults hiked for four days north from Mallacoota in Victoria through the Nadgee Howe Wilderness Area.

Two days were spent walking along deserted, windswept beaches and over coastal sand dunes. We camped one night on the shores of a freshwater lake and one night on a beach.

A BIG YEAR FOR THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD SCHEME2 December

Last weekend was the final adventurous journey for 2016, a total of eight for the Year 10 students, accompanied by two adults hiked for four days north from Mallacoota in Victoria through the Nadgee Howe Wilderness Area. Two days were spent walking along deserted, windswept beaches and over coastal sand dunes. We camped one night on the shores of a freshwater lake and one night on a beach.

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All Year 8 students have had a wonderful opportunity to consolidate their Science studies this year by participating in two fun-filled days of STEM activities this week.

A visit to the Maker Space at The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Deakin had students “hacking” robots for use for a range of tasks, including tidying up the bedroom and cutting the lawn.

ROBOTS HACKED BY YEAR 8 STEM STUDENTS2 December

All Year 8 students have had a wonderful opportunity to consolidate their Science studies this year by participating in two fun-filled days of STEM activities this week. A visit to the Maker Space at The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Deakin had students “hacking” robots for use for a range of tasks, including tidying up the bedroom and cutting the lawn.

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All Year 7 students have spent two days this week completing a range of activities to further their understanding of what it means to be a responsible citizen and what is expected of each member of society when they fulfil their civic duties.

On one of the two days, the students visited the Museum of Democracy, the Electoral Education Centre and the National Capital Authority Exhibition at Regatta Point.

CIVICS AND CITIZENSHIP2 December

All Year 7 students have spent two days this week completing a range of activities to further their understanding of what it means to be a responsible citizen and what is expected of each member of society when they fulfil their civic duties. On one of the two days, the students visited the Museum of Democracy, the Electoral Education Centre and the National Capital Authority Exhibition at Regatta Point.

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Congratulations to the following Students who represented the ACT at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Sydney this week:

Lucy Hincksman (Year 6), Olivia Malone (Year 6), Bella Oloyede (Year 5), Hannah Thurbon (Year 6), Inemami Ajulo (Year 6), Elise Finney (Year 7) and Sofia Christopherson (Year 6).

CGGS AT NATIONAL ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS2 December

Congratulations to the following Students who represented the ACT at the Australian Track and Field Championships in Sydney this week: Lucy Hincksman (Year 6), Olivia Malone (Year 6), Bella Oloyede (Year 5), Hannah Thurbon (Year 6), Inemami Ajulo (Year 6), Elise Finney (Year 7) and Sofia Christopherson (Year 6).

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Year 9 and 10 Japanese students had a fabulous time in Sydney recently. They visited the Japan Foundation Sydney to attend a Japanese class, during which they learnt about special Japanese lunch boxes in different regions of Japan and created their own lunch box.

YEAR 9 AND 10 JAPANESE STUDENTS VISIT SYDNEY2 December

Year 9 and 10 Japanese students had a fabulous time in Sydney recently. They visited the Japan Foundation Sydney to attend a Japanese class, during which they learnt about special Japanese lunch boxes in different regions of Japan and created their own lunch box.

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Year 9 Mandarin students visited the Chinese Cultural Centre in Woden on Thursday, 17 November.

We tried out some cultural Chinese traditions including creating hairy monkeys, Chinese medicine (acupuncture), a little bit of tai chi, learnt about the tea ceremony, writing calligraphy, eating dumplings and dressing culturally.

DUMPLINGS AND DRESS-UPS FOR MANDARIN STUDENTS2 December

Year 9 Mandarin students visited the Chinese Cultural Centre in Woden on Thursday, 17 November. We tried out some cultural Chinese traditions including creating hairy monkeys, Chinese medicine (acupuncture), a little bit of tai chi, learnt about the tea ceremony, writing calligraphy, eating dumplings and dressing culturally.

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The School Shop will be open from Monday, 16 January 2017 for all new and current student uniform requirements for the new school year.

We are open every day for the last two weeks of January (including Saturdays) right up until students return on Monday, 30 January (new students) and Tuesday, 31 January (current students).

SCHOOL SHOP - JANUARY 2017 OPENING HOURS2 December

The School Shop will be open from Monday, 16 January 2017 for all new and current student uniform requirements for the new school year. We are open every day for the last two weeks of January (including Saturdays) right up until students return on Monday, 30 January (new students) and Tuesday, 31 January (current students).

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Congratulations to Lara Essex (Year 7), Emma Behel (Year 6) and Hayley Macdonald (Year 7) for their selection in the PSSA Softball Nationals that were held in Melbourne, VIC in Week 6. ACT came a very credible fourth place. Well done girls!

PSSA SOFTBALL NATIONALS2 December

Congratulations to Lara Essex (Year 7), Emma Behel (Year 6) and Hayley Macdonald (Year 7) for their selection in the PSSA Softball Nationals that were held in Melbourne, VIC in Week 6. ACT came a very credible fourth place. Well done girls!

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Ballerina Charlotte Barker (Year 8) was featured in The Canberra Times on Thursday, 1 December as a result of being selected to represent the ACT and Southern NSW at the Royal Academy of Dance’s nationwide Genée Dance Challenge in Sydney on 10 December.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS2 December

Ballerina Charlotte Barker (Year 8) was featured in The Canberra Times on Thursday, 1 December as a result of being selected to represent the ACT and Southern NSW at the Royal Academy of Dance’s nationwide Genée Dance Challenge in Sydney on 10 December.

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The year 12 cohort of 2016 were farewelled at their Graduation Dinner at Parliament House last night, a special occasion for the students and their families.

There to officially welcome the girls to the wonderful world of Canberra Girls Grammar School’s Alumni was our very own Grammarian, Dr. Penny King (1987).

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS2 December

The year 12 cohort of 2016 were farewelled at their Graduation Dinner at Parliament House last night, a special occasion for the students and their families. There to officially welcome the girls to the wonderful world of Canberra Girls Grammar School’s Alumni was our very own Grammarian, Dr. Penny King (1987).

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