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26 February 2016
During the second week of school, all of Year 11 participated in an Orientation to Year 11 and Retreat. The first day we were at school and participated in peer support training, visited the National library and were familiarised with life as a senior at CGGS.

REFLECTING ON THE YEAR 11 RETREAT

During the second week of school, all of Year 11 participated in an Orientation to Year 11 and Retreat. The first day we were at school and participated in peer support training, visited the National library and were familiarised with life as a senior at CGGS.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Sometimes it’s only when unusual things happen that we see how mature and praise-worthy our children are. Over the past years at CGGS, I have seen students support each other when their parents or siblings are ill. I have seen them get together to make a huge card for a sick classmate. They have raised thousands of dollars for a charity that has caught their attention. I have seen their passion for social justice and their willingness to volunteer their time. All these characteristics will make them responsible and engaged citizens as adults.

Yesterday’s events in the Senior School really showed the calibre and resilience of our students. Despite the heat and the unknown time frame, they remained positive, courteous and calm. They were a credit to their parents and to the school. I do congratulate them on their collective mature response.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

In the next few days Year 11 will be invited to consider an application to participate in the 2016 social justice immersion program in India later in the year. The program will have opportunities to work alongside those offering programs in the slums of Kolkata and New Delhi. There will be opportunities to assist in some school communities – and to establish a relationship with a school in Kolkata that has links to the Indian community in Canberra and with some of our parents specifically.

The term ‘immersion’ is an important one to explore in relation to this social justice initiative: ‘To be involved in an immersion is to engage in what is called ‘deep travel’. The traveller steps out of the ordinary into active anticipation, into encountering difference, and welcomes moments that broaden and deepen an appreciation of the world. Economist Miriam Beard echoed this when she remarked that ‘travel is more than seeing sites; it is a change that goes on deep and permanent in one’s idea on living.’ Travel is, at its best, a transformative encounter with difference. In political and theological terms; it is an encounter with ‘the other.’

On a practical level, the act of departing the known and the physically leaving home is a ritual that prepares an individual for an experience that is difficult to orchestrate at home. The physical discipline of undertaking the journey is preparation for the encounter to come. The journey suspends the demands of daily life, opening us up to new possibilities. Leaving the everyday allows us to change the lens and adjust the filter. The intention of an immersion experience is not just to encounter a foreign culture. In our context, it is to encounter the world of the poor – which is the world of the majority. These experiences bring an individual into direct contact with the majority world: the dollar-a-day world, the world where women walk miles to harvest water and children walk even further for schooling, where low-caste men are beaten for drawing water from a pond, where life expectancy is determined by the colour of one’s skin, where dowry deaths are common and where Western businesses promote dangerous products long after they are banned at home. A purposeful immersion allows the traveller to put flesh and blood, real faces, real names to the conversation about social justice that so often happens at home in safe settings.

In educational terms, an immersion can be the beginning of the slow process of ‘conscientisation’, the first step in both personal and political change. Immersion forces questions to the surface-how can this be so? The experience allows traveller to return home and look at his or her own circumstance with greater clarity. Immersion has led many to a profound review of life, to a commitment to live more simply, to commit to the poor, not just in theory but by becoming increasingly involved to champion the cause.

However, like all education, an immersion works within the limits of those who participate. Some will take much from the experience and the change will be profound and immediate; others may take a little and change may surface many years on.

Go with an open heart and be surprised. (Tinsey 2014)

Congratulations to Ari Warrington (Year 11 Waverley) who recently won a bronze medal for Australia in the teams' event at the Singapore Fencing Cadet World Cup. Subsequently Ari has been selected in the Australian team to compete in the South East Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in the Philippines from 22-31 May. We wish Ari every success and will report on the Championships later in the year.

Moderation Day next Tuesday will see our members of staff meet with their respective subject colleagues across Canberra schools and colleges to literally ‘moderate’ the work of senior students. At the same time our Senior Student Council will participate in a leadership day being hosted by Marist College. Student leaders from across a number of schools will participate in a program of leadership skills and goal setting. The Deputy Principals from the Anglican schools in Canberra will be also be meeting here at CGGS on Tuesday afternoon. Busy times!

A particular thanks to students and staff for the very smooth 90th photograph days on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

Best wishes,

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Tara Dunstall

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF STUDIES

ATAR Historical Prediction

Year 12 BSSS students received an early ATAR Historical Prediction this week. This historical prediction is calculated on the basis of a student’s course scores to date (two semesters in Year 11). These scores were combined to produce an aggregate score which was then used to determine the rank that the student would have obtained among each of the CGGS cohorts between 2010 and 2015. The predicted ATAR is then calculated as the value obtained by this rank.

Some caution must be exercised in interpreting this Historical Prediction because the final ATAR may be outside of this range. An aggregate score will ultimately depend on your results over the full two years, as well as on your AST score and on the AST scores of fellow students.

Another ATAR Historical Prediction will be given to Year 12 students at the beginning of Semester 2. This will factor in a course score that includes results from this semester.

If a student has any concerns or questions concerning the prediction or their progress to date, please come and have a chat with me.

Information sessions for parents explaining the ACT Senior Secondary System and the ATAR will be held throughout the term. The first session will be for parents of students in Years 11 and 12 and will be held in the Multi-Media Theatre on Tuesday, 1 March between 5:30-6:30pm. Sessions will also be scheduled during parent teacher nights. Further details will be emailed to parents and available on Canvas shortly.

IB Diploma Progress Score

Yesterday, Year 12 IB students received progress grades in all their subjects to give them an indication of their progress towards the IB Diploma. These are not predicted grades but grades that are based on a combination of the professional judgment of teachers, results in past assessments and the IB Grade descriptors for each course. The intention is to guide the students in their studies and students are encouraged to discuss any concerns with their teachers or see the IB Diploma Coordinator, Sarah Trotter.

Tara Dunstall
Director of Studies

As an introduction to our new Unit of Inquiry about transport systems, Prep students went on an exciting excursion to the Action Bush Wash. The bendy bus picked us up and off we went. It was very noisy on the drive as we all played Spotto.

PREP EXCURSION TO THE ACTION BUS WASH25 February

As an introduction to our new Unit of Inquiry about transport systems, Prep students went on an exciting excursion to the Action Bush Wash. The bendy bus picked us up and off we went. It was very noisy on the drive as we all played Spotto.

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On Thursday, 18 February, Year 10 students participated in a new program of the career development program at CGGS. In preparation for the day, students attended a Job Skills Workshop presented by a representative of the Australian Business Academy.

YEAR 10 CAREER DEVELOPMENT DAY25 February

On Thursday, 18 February, Year 10 students participated in a new program of the career development program at CGGS. In preparation for the day, students attended a Job Skills Workshop presented by a representative of the Australian Business Academy.

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Students may have noticed on the TVs around the school an upcoming trip to Lizard Island. This tour was initially offered to senior students, but we are very excited to offer the final few places to all students from Year 8 and up.

ECOTOUR TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF - LAST CHANCE TO JUMP ONBOARD!25 February

Students may have noticed on the TVs around the school an upcoming trip to Lizard Island. This tour was initially offered to senior students, but we are very excited to offer the final few places to all students from Year 8 and up.

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The 2016 Swimming Carnival was a fun filled day at the AIS. Students from year 3 to 6 participated in a number of events. Including the 25m, 50m and 100m races in butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.

JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS DIVE RIGHT IN25 February

The 2016 Swimming Carnival was a fun filled day at the AIS. Students from year 3 to 6 participated in a number of events. Including the 25m, 50m and 100m races in butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle.

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The Safe School Committee members distributed Pastoral Care welcome Bags to all Year 7’s during Tutor Group after their return from camp. The contents are symbols of values upheld by the Canberra Girls Grammar School Community.

THE SAFE SCHOOLS COMMITTEE WELCOMES YEAR 725 February

The Safe School Committee members distributed Pastoral Care welcome Bags to all Year 7’s during Tutor Group after their return from camp. The contents are symbols of values upheld by the Canberra Girls Grammar School Community.

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What a busy start to the new school year we have had! Emily Scott, our Boarding House Captain, Georgia Elliott and Laura Cooke, our Boarding House Vice Captains, helped welcomed 25 new boarders and their parents to our Boarding House family this year.

FROM THE BOARDING HOUSE25 February

What a busy start to the new school year we have had! Emily Scott, our Boarding House Captain, Georgia Elliott and Laura Cooke, our Boarding House Vice Captains, helped welcomed 25 new boarders and their parents to our Boarding House family this year.

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On 19 February, 48 girls ranging from Years 10 to 12 from the Canberra Grammar Schools Dragon Boat club travelled to Sydney to compete in the 20th annual Chinese New Year Dragon Boating Regatta in Darling Harbour.

DRAGON BOATS RING IN CHINESE NEW YEAR25 February

On 19 February, 48 girls ranging from Years 10 to 12 from the Canberra Grammar Schools Dragon Boat club travelled to Sydney to compete in the 20th annual Chinese New Year Dragon Boating Regatta in Darling Harbour.

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Next week, the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Chapel Choirs, the Brass Ensemble, and the Gabriel Quartet are performing at the 90th Anniversary Church Service at St Paul's in Manuka. The arrival time for musicians is 5.30pm for a rehearsal in the church.

MUSIC NEWS25 February

Next week, the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Chapel Choirs, the Brass Ensemble, and the Gabriel Quartet are performing at the 90th Anniversary Church Service at St Paul's in Manuka. The arrival time for musicians is 5.30pm for a rehearsal in the church.

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On Sunday 21 February, senior managers and other staff welcomed our Defence families to an afternoon tea held at the Junior School. Families enjoyed the opportunity to catch up and welcome new families.

WELCOMING OUR DEFENCE FAMILIES25 February

On Sunday 21 February, senior managers and other staff welcomed our Defence families to an afternoon tea held at the Junior School. Families enjoyed the opportunity to catch up and welcome new families.

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On Wednesday, 24 February at 7.00am, Mrs Hyslop, myself and five other Year 12 Glebe Girls power-walked around the lake with other Canberrans for the Donate Life Walk which aims to raise awareness for organ donation.

GLEBE GIRLS WALK FOR DONATE LIFE25 February

On Wednesday, 24 February at 7.00am, Mrs Hyslop, myself and five other Year 12 Glebe Girls power-walked around the lake with other Canberrans for the Donate Life Walk which aims to raise awareness for organ donation.

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If you would like to play Football (Soccer) this winter season then you will need to register your interest! Sign-ups will be open until Friday 4 March and players MUST sign up online if they are interested in playing.

SIGN-UPS AND TRIALS FOR WINTER FOOTBALL (SOCCER)25 February

If you would like to play Football (Soccer) this winter season then you will need to register your interest! Sign-ups will be open until Friday 4 March and players MUST sign up online if they are interested in playing.

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On the weekend Lukah Tuan (9R) competed in the NSW Country Swimming Championships, receiving bronze in the 100m breaststroke, Top 10 for 200 individual medley and qualifying through to the Australian national age championships.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS25 February

On the weekend Lukah Tuan (9R) competed in the NSW Country Swimming Championships, receiving bronze in the 100m breaststroke, Top 10 for 200 individual medley and qualifying through to the Australian national age championships.

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The annual Founders' Day weekend is a way for every member of the CGGS Community to celebrate the founding of the school. On Saturday, 21 May all reunions for 2016 will be held throughout the day.

GRAMMARIANS' NEWS26 February

The annual Founders' Day weekend is a way for every member of the CGGS Community to celebrate the founding of the school. On Saturday, 21 May all reunions for 2016 will be held throughout the day.

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