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11 November 2016
More than thirty students represented CGGS on Thursday, 3 November at the ACT School Athletics Championships. Many were hoping to reach qualifying standards and vie for places in the ACT Schools team for Nationals in December.  There were some huge personal bests achieved on the day and seven CGGS girls were selected in the ACT team.

SEVEN STUDENTS SELECTED FOR ACT ATHLETICS TEAM

More than thirty students represented CGGS on Thursday, 3 November at the ACT School Athletics Championships. Many were hoping to reach qualifying standards and vie for places in the ACT Schools team for Nationals in December. There were some huge personal bests achieved on the day and seven CGGS girls were selected in the ACT team.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Teachers know that young people have a strong sense of social justice and they also want autonomy, to be independent and do things in their way.

In an interesting study researchers asked a group of young teenagers to read a typical health article on eating a diet low in sugar and fat with colourful pictures of fresh food. They asked a second group to read an exposé of food companies deliberately reformulating products to make them more addictive and deceptively labelling unhealthy food to make it look healthy. The executives behind this kind of food marketing were portrayed as controlling adult authority figures.

The next day, when students were asked to choose which snacks they wanted, the second group were more likely to choose fruit, baby carrots or trail mix. They were also more likely to choose water over a sweetened carbonated soft drink.

Teenagers are particularly sensitive to even a whiff of being conned, controlled or manipulated. Researchers found the same results when initiating a campaign against smoking. It was much more effective when young people where shown how tobacco companies were trying to entice them into addiction in order to make a profit.

Of course, the unanswered question is whether these positive behavioural shifts would be lasting. The other factor is the powerful consumer culture pushing young people in the other direction. If teenagers could see the manipulation behind this consumer culture, then they might react with indignation rather than temptation.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Ref: A study in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “Can teenage defiance be manipulated for good?” Amanda Ripley, New York Times, 13 Sept 2016.

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

Last Sunday our first Music on the Lawn event was held here at the Senior School. It was a wonderful afternoon with our students, and some visiting musicians, providing us with a beautiful range of quality music. The sense of community was evident most particularly in the generosity and enthusiasm of Vikki Templeman and the Friends of Music supporters who not only provided the refreshments but their amazing efforts in the assisting with the planning of the event was appreciated by all. It was also great to have the members of Canberra Brass and the Burns Club Pipes and Drums add to the afternoon. Thank you also to our staff, students and parents for supporting the inaugural event.

Staying with a music theme - the story of the unexpected turn of events at a concert being given one evening by the extraordinary violinist, Itzhak Perlman, and more importantly his response, has always been a model of inspiration.

It is a story that can remind us not only to use the talents we have been given to the best of our ability, but in doing so we can choose to be people of hope, support and optimism. Itzhak Perlman, who suffered from polio as a child and lived the greater part of his life in a wheelchair, was performing a violin concerto one evening when, in just the first movement of the concerto, the audience heard the loud and obvious sound of a string breaking.

The audience was expecting the concert to be stopped and the string to be repaired. With incomparable skill he continued as if nothing had happened and played through to the finale using only the three remaining strings. The applause, as the concerto finished, was almost overwhelming, not only for his performance but for his unflappable demeanour in continuing the concert. As the applause subsided he was invited to comment on what had just transpired. He responded with “Our job is to make music with what remains.”

His life, inspirational courage, humour, generosity of spirit and legendary talent were summed up in this observation – the challenge for us is to also embrace and enjoy rich lives with the cards or music we have been dealt.

Best wishes

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

Late last week, as I searched for interesting research and articles to extend my professional learning, I happened upon an interesting report titled “Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools”. The report was prepared for the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (U.S.) by Richard A. Holmgren, Ph.D. and involved over 12,000 girls who were asked questions about their ‘…attitudes, behaviours, and school experiences that are known to affect learning….”

Holmgren’s research is particularly relevant to us because his findings compare the experiences of girls in all-girls schools with that of girls in coeducational settings.

I have included the Overview of Results for your information.

The survey reveals that girls attending all-girls schools are more likely to have an experience that supports their learning than are girls attending coeducational schools. In particular, girls attending all-girls schools report:

  • having higher aspirations and greater motivation than their female peers at coeducational independent and public schools.
  • being challenged to achieve more than girls at coeducational independent and public schools.
  • being more likely to engage actively in the learning process than their female peers at coeducational independent and public schools.
  • being more likely than girls at coeducational public schools to engage in activities that prepare them for the rigors of the real world
  • more frequently encountering a learning environment that welcomes an open and safe exchange of ideas than girls at coeducational independent and public schools.
  • gaining more facility than their peers at coeducational independent and public schools with core academic skills such as writing, speaking, critical thinking, and independent learning.
  • experiencing higher levels of support from their classmates, teachers, and school personnel than girls at coeducational public schools.

The report goes on to explore the key findings in more detail. I found the information particularly salient and it certainly touched a chord with me and aligned with my priorities with sections titled: Girls Expectations Matter; Teachers’ Expectations Matter; Engaged Learning Matters; Preparing for the World Outside the Classroom Matters; Safety Matters; Results Matter; Support Matters.

Please follow the link here if you are interested in reading the full report.

Warm regards

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

The year is coming to an end and the Creative Arts Department is having its end of year Visual Art and Photography Exhibition.

Join us in the Waterman Centre on Friday, 18 November from 5.30-7.30pm. The exhibition will showcase the Year 11 and 12 student’s fine art, graphic design and photography final folio work.

COME ALONG TO THE VISUAL ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION11 November

The year is coming to an end and the Creative Arts Department is having its end of year Visual Art and Photography Exhibition. Join us in the Waterman Centre on Friday, 18 November from 5.30-7.30pm. The exhibition will showcase the Year 11 and 12 student’s fine art, graphic design and photography final folio work.

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The Senior Boarders are very busy completing final assessment pieces and preparing for Testing Week which commences Week 6.  The Junior boarders are also busy working on their final assignments.

FROM THE BOARDING HOUSE11 November

The Senior Boarders are very busy completing final assessment pieces and preparing for Testing Week which commences Week 6. The Junior boarders are also busy working on their final assignments.

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Last weekend, the Year 9, 10 & Senior rowing squad competed in the Loreto Normanhurst and Loreto Kirribilli which were held at the regatta centre in Penrith. We had about eighty-five girls across four year groups who made up twenty-six different crews.

LORETO SCHOOLS REGATTA WEEKEND11 November

Last weekend, the Year 9, 10 & Senior rowing squad competed in the Loreto Normanhurst and Loreto Kirribilli which were held at the regatta centre in Penrith. We had about eighty-five girls across four year groups who made up twenty-six different crews.

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One of Deakin House’s chosen charities is CanTeen - the national support organisation for young people (aged 12–24) living with cancer; including cancer patients, their brothers and sisters and young people with parents or primary carers with cancer.

Friday, 28 October was National Bandana Day, the major awareness and fundraising campaign for CanTeen, and Deakin House put on a colourful market day to raise funds for the charity.

DEAKIN HOUSE SUPPORTS BANDANA DAY11 November

One of Deakin House’s chosen charities is CanTeen - the national support organisation for young people (aged 12–24) living with cancer; including cancer patients, their brothers and sisters and young people with parents or primary carers with cancer. Friday, 28 October was National Bandana Day, the major awareness and fundraising campaign for CanTeen, and Deakin House put on a colourful market day to raise funds for the charity.

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Robertson held the final House Chapel for Year 12 on Monday.

This was beautifully run by Year 11 students and was a reflection on the Year 12 students time at School and the leadership they have provided the House.

ROBERTSON FAREWELLS YEAR 12 STUDENTS11 November

Robertson held the final House Chapel for Year 12 on Monday. This was beautifully run by Year 11 students and was a reflection on the Year 12 students time at School and the leadership they have provided the House.

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Come along for a fun night of trivia which will help raise funds for the Antipodeans trip to Peru in mid-2017.

All proceeds from the night will go towards building a greenhouse in a community in Peru.

ANTIPODEANS PERU TRIP FUNDRAISER11 November

Come along for a fun night of trivia which will help raise funds for the Antipodeans trip to Peru in mid-2017. All proceeds from the night will go towards building a greenhouse in a community in Peru.

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On Tuesday evening, November 22, Justin Porter from Culture College will be available to speak to parents of current Year 8 students about the possibility of their daughter opting be involved in a cultural immersion program to Arnhem Land as their Year 9 camp experience in 2017.

ARNHEM LAND CULTURAL IMMERSION FOR YEAR 9, 201711 November

On Tuesday evening, November 22, Justin Porter from Culture College will be available to speak to parents of current Year 8 students about the possibility of their daughter opting be involved in a cultural immersion program to Arnhem Land as their Year 9 camp experience in 2017.

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Thank you to everyone who has already generously contributed to our annual appeal, Gabriel Giving.

Our students have a better learning experience and their lives are enhanced by every gift, large or small. Gifts to scholarships, innovation spaces, or important school projects make it possible for us to offer an inspiring and exceptional education to our students.

GABRIEL GIVING UPDATE11 November

Thank you to everyone who has already generously contributed to our annual appeal, Gabriel Giving. Our students have a better learning experience and their lives are enhanced by every gift, large or small. Gifts to scholarships, innovation spaces, or important school projects make it possible for us to offer an inspiring and exceptional education to our students.

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Avoid the back to school rush in January 2017!

The School Shop will open during the week commencing Monday 21 November 2016. This appointment week is specifically for new students commencing in 2017.

SPECIAL SCHOOL SHOP APPOINTMENT WEEK4 November

Avoid the back to school rush in January 2017! The School Shop will open during the week commencing Monday 21 November 2016. This appointment week is specifically for new students commencing in 2017.

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A reminder that textbooks will be due on the following dates...

TEXTBOOKS TO BE RETURNED11 November

A reminder that textbooks will be due on the following dates...

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Boarders' Chapel this week is not on Sunday evening, when it normally is, but was held on Thursday. This was the final Year 12 Boarders' service when prizes are awarded and speeches given but in the context of a chapel service. The theme was

CHAPEL NEWS11 November

Boarders' Chapel this week is not on Sunday evening, when it normally is, but was held on Thursday. This was the final Year 12 Boarders' service when prizes are awarded and speeches given but in the context of a chapel service. The theme was "If you can dream it you can do it" and was a great way for the Year 12 Boarders and the rest of the Boarding House to celebrate their community.

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Maddie Baldwin (Year 8) competed in her first official National Capital Equestrian Club (NCEC) Dressage championship last Sunday. She rode a horse ‘Candy’ which is owned by Grammarian Amanda Clarke (1995) and represented Gooromon Park Riding School which is owned by Grammarians Amanda Clark and Danielle Ffrench (Clark, 1995).

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS11 November

Maddie Baldwin (Year 8) competed in her first official National Capital Equestrian Club (NCEC) Dressage championship last Sunday. She rode a horse ‘Candy’ which is owned by Grammarian Amanda Clarke (1995) and represented Gooromon Park Riding School which is owned by Grammarians Amanda Clark and Danielle Ffrench (Clark, 1995).

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Congratulations to Grammarian Helen Curtis (1982) who has been awarded the ACT Women Lawyers Association Woman Lawyer of the Year - Government category.

Helen attended Canberra Girls Grammar School from 1964 – 1982. Helen says that she enjoyed her time at school from Year 7 to Year 12.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS11 November

Congratulations to Grammarian Helen Curtis (1982) who has been awarded the ACT Women Lawyers Association Woman Lawyer of the Year - Government category. Helen attended Canberra Girls Grammar School from 1964 – 1982. Helen says that she enjoyed her time at school from Year 7 to Year 12.

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