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22 July 2016
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the CGGS Indigenous Focus Group (IFG) is raising awareness within the school community about current issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

On Sunday, July 17, members of the IFG installed a Sea of Hands on the lawns outside the Hub Building.

INDIGENOUS FOCUS GROUP CELEBRATE NAIDOC WEEK

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, the CGGS Indigenous Focus Group (IFG) is raising awareness within the school community about current issues affecting Indigenous Australians. On Sunday, July 17, members of the IFG installed a Sea of Hands on the lawns outside the Hub Building.

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Peter Milligan

FROM THE ACTING PRINCIPAL

In approximately three weeks my daughter will leave to spend second semester studying at a university in New York. While I am enormously proud of her and know it will be an exciting and rewarding experience, the recent events in Dallas, Baton Rouge and other parts of the United States are cause for reflection.

Division in any country, society or community on the basis of race, religion or gender is wrong. Our students are very aware of world and local events through various forms of media and will be forming their own view on such events. I know from my Year 11 Ways of Thinking class that the students are not only interested in current events but are highly articulate in their reflections or opinions. Parker Palmer observes ‘To educate is to guide students on an inner journey towards more truthful ways of seeing and being in the world.’ As a school we have our Charter, Vision and Values statements which relate to our Anglican foundations and our aspirations for our students and whole school community. In our CGGS Values statement we assert that as an Anglican school we believe ‘Christian faith, ethos and values are a foundation for all that the school does. This enables the school to welcome and include all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds.’ Rabbi Raymond Apple, Senior Rabbi of the Great Synagogue in Sydney – from an address at the ‘Sea of hands’ event in March, 1998 said in part ‘I will do more than live and let live: I will live and help live.’ Our Charter concurs with ‘This blending of cultures and backgrounds brings uniqueness to our school and opportunities for the development of resourceful and ethical young people who will have opportunities to shape their global community in the future.’

Over the holiday break a number of activities were undertaken such as the Great Barrier Reef excursion, Duke of Edinburgh trip and the Dance - Drama tour to the United States. Two of our staff, Ms Alex Galland and Mr Murray McKay, visited the renowned High Tech High School in California and the innovation space at Stanford University as part of a study scholarship. Ms Galland also presented a session at a literacy conference in held in Boston. Our sailing students competed at the championships in South Australia during the break. My thanks to staff and parents who supported the various endeavours held over the holidays. On another sporting note, Ari Hughes-Warrington (Year 11 Waverley) has been selected in the Australian Fencing Team to compete in the World and Asian Championships in 2017 – an outstanding achievement.

Our facilities were also upgraded to include a new IT Service desk upstairs in the IT Centre to further support students in a practical manner. This improvement affords us the opportunity to create a ‘green room’ space which will facilitate exciting learning experiences for Media students as well as for students across all faculties. New lockers have been purchased and placed in B Block for our Year 7 students. There will be an ongoing replacement program for lockers across the school.

At our full school assembly this week Flight Lieutenant Melinda Mitchell gave an inspiring NAIDOC Week address with a theme of ‘never give up’ as she shared her life story. Similarly, Rio bound Australian Opal basketball representative Marianna Tolo also spoke about self-belief and determination; she described her return from a serious knee injury less than twelve months ago to realise her childhood dream of Olympic selection. An inspiring way to begin the term.

Peter Milligan
Acting Principal

 

Jeanette Widmer

FROM THE ACTING HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

Taking Students to a Higher Place

Young people need caring adults in their day and schools are full of generous people who go beyond the call of duty in the best interests of the students. Sometimes this care for students needs to be gentle, patient and supportive. There is nothing new about that thought.  However it is not the only way to show genuine care for students. Consider this:

A person walking through a forest will notice and appreciate many wonderful things. But they will have very little understanding of the forest in its entirety. To see and appreciate the big picture, they must climb to a higher place. 

As educators, the quality of the care for students is only proven by evidence of how we are helping them see the big picture of life. Here are some signposts educators recognize as they help students climb to a higher place:

  • I am not their friend, I am their leader;
  • I will build mutual respect, the essential basis for all relationships in a school. Ralph Waldo Emerson says “The secret in education lies in respecting the student”. This lays the foundation for mutual respect to develop.
  • I will discipline students but, more importantly, I will teach them to be self-disciplined.
  • I will discern the difference between what they want and what they need, teaching them the importance of making informed decisions.
  • I will speak lovingly but I will tell the truth. Carol Dweck from Stanford University says: “it is dangerous to tell children they can achieve anything”.
  • I will teach students to respond to their world with their heart, their mind and their soul.

The first week back has been a busy one with some highlights being:

  • Current Year 6 students from the Junior School attended a Tour Day at the Senior School on Wednesday with over 70 families touring the School campus followed by a Q&A session with Senior Management answering questions about the School;
  • Students attend the National Chemistry Quiz;
  • History students attend the National Press Club;
  • Year 12 students heard an address from the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation;
  • An inaugural STEM incursion was held for Year 7 students;
  • Our Concerts Bands went to Sydney for the NSW Band Festival; and
  • NAIDOC Week celebrations with a dinner in the Boarding House and a colourful display of ‘hands’ on the front lawns.

Embrace each day.

Jeanette Widmer
Acting Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

I can’t state strongly enough how much I value kindness. The bible speaks eloquently about kindness. In Colossians 3:12 we are told to clothe ourselves with kindness. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 we are told that, "Love is patient, love is kind." And in Galations 5:22 – 23 we learn that “… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” The Dalai Lama also speaks at length about kindness. He reminds us that to be kind is not to be weak but it is rather a sign of strength. He also states that “[his] true religion is kindness. If you practise kindness as you live, no matter if you believe in God or Buddha or some other religion, you have to be a kind person.”

As we adopt the practises of Positive Education, kindness is an attitude we want to grow. I do not mean to imply that the Junior School is currently an unkind place; in my experience it is a warm and welcoming environment. However, as the ultimate goal of Positive Education is to build a flourishing community we always need to be mindful of how we can improve our interactions and relationships. As a place of learning, I believe it is also incumbent upon us to ask the questions: can we teach kindness and if so, how?

A study published in the journal Child Development looked at how teachers influenced empathy and aggression. The findings strongly indicated that teachers who exhibited personal warmth (kindness) created classrooms where students felt respected and this empowered them to contribute positively to the social and emotional climate, building a kinder learning space where instances of bullying diminish and feelings of safety increase.

Another article, this time in the International Journal of Early Childhood, described how a Kenyan teacher used Indian folktales to teach kindness in his classroom. The teacher was operating in the period just after independence from British colonial rule when there was significant unrest and a higher incidence of violence throughout Kenyan society. The children involved were a diverse cultural group who benefitted from the moral lessons inherent in the tales as well as learning about the ways that different cultures view and deal with problems.

Researchers Alice Isen and Paula Levin in their famous paper “Cookies and Kindness” wrote about how subjects who experienced unexpected acts of kindness were more likely to be helpful. Our Safe School’s Committee plans to have a week in Term 3 where we will all be challenged to display random acts of kindness. This initiative follows the above principle and it is hoped that students and staff will pay the kindness forward; creating a happier school.

Lastly, a study in the International Journal of Behavioural Development shows that when children role-play acts of kindness they are more likely to employ kind behaviour in their dealings with others. This rehearsal is apparently far more powerful that watching similar acts of kindness on television or reading about them.

I hope that as Term 3 progresses we see, feel, and even find a way to measure the increasing levels of kindness in the school.

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

Time is running out to book your tickets for the CGGS Parents & Friends Masquerade Birthday Ball!

Not a fundraiser, this exciting event is purely a party for CGGS parents and their guests.

P&F ASSOCIATION MASQUERADE BIRTHDAY BALL22 July

Time is running out to book your tickets for the CGGS Parents & Friends Masquerade Birthday Ball! Not a fundraiser, this exciting event is purely a party for CGGS parents and their guests.

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Earlier this week both the Junior and Senior Schools had a visit from Opals team member, Marianna Tolo, before she boarded the plane to the Olympics in Rio.

Marianna spoke to the Junior School at their assembly on Monday, encouraging them to never give up on their dreams, no matter what hurdles come their way.

OLYMPIAN SPEAKS OF GRIT & DETERMINATION ON HER ROAD TO RIO22 July

Earlier this week both the Junior and Senior Schools had a visit from Opals team member, Marianna Tolo, before she boarded the plane to the Olympics in Rio. Marianna spoke to the Junior School at their assembly on Monday, encouraging them to never give up on their dreams, no matter what hurdles come their way.

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During the recent semester break we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to take 15 CGGS students to stay at the Lizard Island Research Station. As well as enjoying the warmer weather, white beaches and spectacular sunsets, students participated in an educational program involving twice-daily snorkeling at a variety of sites around Lizard Island, and information sessions where we learnt about corals, fish and ecology of the reef environment.

LIZARD ISLAND REEF - ECO TOUR22 July

During the recent semester break we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to take 15 CGGS students to stay at the Lizard Island Research Station. As well as enjoying the warmer weather, white beaches and spectacular sunsets, students participated in an educational program involving twice-daily snorkeling at a variety of sites around Lizard Island, and information sessions where we learnt about corals, fish and ecology of the reef environment.

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Congratulations go to Mia Byron (6R) who will compete in the grand final of the ACT Primary School Rostrum Competition to be held on 22 August.

MORE ROSTRUM SUCCESS FOR MIA22 July

Congratulations go to Mia Byron (6R) who will compete in the grand final of the ACT Primary School Rostrum Competition to be held on 22 August.

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Eight Year 9 History students attended the National Press Club on Wednesday July 20, to hear an address by Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, titled ‘From Fromelles to Pozieres – we remember’.

FROMELLES TO POZIERS – WE REMEMBER22 July

Eight Year 9 History students attended the National Press Club on Wednesday July 20, to hear an address by Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, titled ‘From Fromelles to Pozieres – we remember’.

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The Canberra Girls Grammar team won Australia's largest one-day interschool’s snowsports competition - the Primary Redlands Cup. In a field of approximately 550 entrants, CGGS triumphed against its number one competitor, Jindabyne Central School, as well as teams from Sydney's leading schools including Ascham, Kambala and PLC.

CGGS DOMINATES IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS22 July

The Canberra Girls Grammar team won Australia's largest one-day interschool’s snowsports competition - the Primary Redlands Cup. In a field of approximately 550 entrants, CGGS triumphed against its number one competitor, Jindabyne Central School, as well as teams from Sydney's leading schools including Ascham, Kambala and PLC.

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In the recent school holidays, 28 dance and drama students and four teachers set off for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York and Los Angeles. We had an amazing two weeks exploring sights such as The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, Central Park, The Highline, Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier, and even got to experience the 4th of July in America with a trip to the Dodger Stadium to see the LA Dodgers baseball game and fireworks!

DANCE AND DRAMA TOUR TO THE USA22 July

In the recent school holidays, 28 dance and drama students and four teachers set off for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York and Los Angeles. We had an amazing two weeks exploring sights such as The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, Central Park, The Highline, Brooklyn Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier, and even got to experience the 4th of July in America with a trip to the Dodger Stadium to see the LA Dodgers baseball game and fireworks!

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On Friday, 17 June CGGS hosted a staff professional learning day with Google certified Teacher, Jarrod Robinson, known in the HPE community as ‘The PE Geek’.

THE PE GEEK VISITS CGGS22 July

On Friday, 17 June CGGS hosted a staff professional learning day with Google certified Teacher, Jarrod Robinson, known in the HPE community as ‘The PE Geek’.

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The Rowing Information Evening is being held at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 3 August 2016 at the Elizabeth McKay Aquatic Centre (CGGS Boat Shed) on the eastern side of Yarralumla Bay, off Alexandrina Drive. All girls and parents who would like to find out more about the program should come along. There is no need for returning rowers to attend. The session should finish by 6.45pm.

ROWING INFORMATION EVENING22 July

The Rowing Information Evening is being held at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 3 August 2016 at the Elizabeth McKay Aquatic Centre (CGGS Boat Shed) on the eastern side of Yarralumla Bay, off Alexandrina Drive. All girls and parents who would like to find out more about the program should come along. There is no need for returning rowers to attend. The session should finish by 6.45pm.

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A number of the CGGS football players had the privilege of attending one of the Matilda’s last training sessions before the Rio Olympic Games.

Our students watched the elite players train and had the opportunity to chat with some of them – they also received technical direction from the assistant coach.

CGGS FOOTBALL PLAYERS MEET THE MATILDAS22 July

A number of the CGGS football players had the privilege of attending one of the Matilda’s last training sessions before the Rio Olympic Games. Our students watched the elite players train and had the opportunity to chat with some of them – they also received technical direction from the assistant coach.

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On Wednesday, 22 June, CGGS hosted two Netball teams and staff from Townsville Grammar School. Townsville ended their middle school tour to Canberra with games against our CGGS 7 Swifts and CGGS 8 Diamonds teams.

Both games were close with excellent contests in all thirds of the court.

CGGS NETBALL AND TOWNSVILLE FRIENDLY FIXTURE22 July

On Wednesday, 22 June, CGGS hosted two Netball teams and staff from Townsville Grammar School. Townsville ended their middle school tour to Canberra with games against our CGGS 7 Swifts and CGGS 8 Diamonds teams. Both games were close with excellent contests in all thirds of the court.

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ACT Primary Schools Carbon Challenge 1-31 August 2016

Just two weeks to go before the “Challenge” begins and by challenge, we mean Carbon Challenge!

CARBON CHALLENGE BEGINS SOON22 July

ACT Primary Schools Carbon Challenge 1-31 August 2016 Just two weeks to go before the “Challenge” begins and by challenge, we mean Carbon Challenge!

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Our maintenance staff took a truckload of non-perishable food items, toiletries and blankets in to St. Johns Care in Reid as part of the Anglicare Winter Appeal during the break. We are continuing our collection in both the Junior School and Senior School as a sort of House competition. Items can be placed in a basket with your houses name in both the Senior School and the Junior School throughout the next term. Thank you to everyone who donated items for this worthy cause.

CHAPEL NEWS22 July

Our maintenance staff took a truckload of non-perishable food items, toiletries and blankets in to St. Johns Care in Reid as part of the Anglicare Winter Appeal during the break. We are continuing our collection in both the Junior School and Senior School as a sort of House competition. Items can be placed in a basket with your houses name in both the Senior School and the Junior School throughout the next term. Thank you to everyone who donated items for this worthy cause.

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Lizzy Marshall (Year 5) represented ACT in the U11 ice hockey tournament in Newcastle during the school holidays competing against club sides from NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS22 July

Lizzy Marshall (Year 5) represented ACT in the U11 ice hockey tournament in Newcastle during the school holidays competing against club sides from NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

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