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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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Welcome back - we hope you have had an enjoyable break over the Winter holidays.
School Bus Service Survey – Follow up
You may remember back at the end of term one APFACTS circulated a survey seeking feedback on School Bus Services in the ACT. We received an overwhelming response that gave us a very clear picture of where the buses were working well and where there were issues.
Whilst it may appear that the survey occurred and nothing happened, I can assure you that this topic has dominated our activities throughout Term 2.
The major issue was that the morning school service buses from the Gungahlin area to Daramalan College were arriving too late. The feedback from parents consistently highlighted that children were arriving late for their morning classes and assembly however the MyWay data recorded arrival times that were very close to the timetabled arrival time.
After much negotiation and more research as to why the parent feedback was so different to the MyWay data, we established that ACTION had outdated information on the starting time for Daramalan College.
The results are that 6 of the 9 morning buses to Daramalan College have had a time adjustment. These amendments mean that from the 29th August, students will now have time to arrive at school, retrieve items from their lockers and still have sufficient time to arrive to class punctually.
Another major issue was the 639 PM Service to St Francis Xavier College. There were a large number of parents requesting a morning version of this service. We have since had a formal letter advising us that ACTION buses are unable to accommodate this request at this time. APFACTS will continue to pursue this request.
For your convenience the link to the School bus service timetable adjustments (effective from 29th August 2016)
As part of the co-curricular program at CGGS, yoga classes are offered on Wednesday afternoons for both students and staff.
When: Wednesday afternoons (term time)
Time: 4:15 - 5:20pm
Where: CGGS Conference Room under the Science Block
What to bring: a non-slippery yoga mat & a bottle of water
Contact: Mr. David Blue by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 6202 6418
Registration: Ms. Nancy Williams by e-mail email@example.com (0432 683 699) with the fee payment receipt
Students are offered a discounted rate of $108 (9 weeks at $12 per week)
Staff rate is $135 (9 weeks at $15 per week)
Link here to see the flyer and learn more about these great, non-religious yoga classes designed to help you calm your mind, increase concentration and assist with better posture and management of health.
Information afternoon and Workshop 1.00pm on Sunday, 24th July.
Calling for Year 11/12 students for a mentoring program for the Spring Christian Holiday Program for youth with intellectual and physical disabilities.
WORKSHOP Presenter: Jarrod McGrath
The Benefits of Mentoring
- Social and emotional development; increased self-esteem, confidence, sense of gratitude and well-being. Greater appreciation of diversity.
- Improved communication skills; expand communication strategies and problem solving skills through communication with non-verbal students, and students with limited speech.
- Vocational opportunities and development; the above skills combined with the opportunity to explore vocations such as disability work, education, social work, and medical professions.
- Supports social skill development, age appropriate behaviours and communication skills through opportunities to interact with peers from other schools.
- Creates opportunities to visit other schools, access their facilities and participate in activities.
- Establishes increased support and opportunities post-school as more members of our community have an understanding of people with disabilities and their valuable contribution to society.
- Mentors support the organisation of school events such as camps, athletics carnivals, Wodenstock (annual music festival) and Wheelie Fun Day.
Click here for more information about the workshop.