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  1. From the Principal - Take care of your relationships and everything else will take care of itself2 December

    As the 2021 school year was coming to an end, Mrs Anna Owen, Canberra Girls Grammar School’s 15th Principal, reflected on her time here at the last School assemblies and had some words of wisdom for the students.

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  2. Mrs Anna Owen provides an announcement for several initiatives in place for 2022.

    From the Principal - Announcements for 202219 November

    Mrs Anna Owen provides an announcement for several initiatives in place for 2022.

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  3. Mrs Owen writes about the importance of friendship and physical connection.

    From the Principal - Your child's friendships post-lockdown4 November

    Mrs Owen writes about the importance of friendship and physical connection.

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  4. The Principal Mrs Anna Owen reminds our students, staff and families to take a well-earned break these school holidays.

    From the Principal - The end of term16 September

    The Principal Mrs Anna Owen reminds our students, staff and families to take a well-earned break these school holidays.

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  5. The Principal Mrs Owen announces the departure of School Chaplain Reverend Jenny Willsher.

    From the Principal - Thank you and farewell Reverend Jenny Willsher3 September

    The Principal Mrs Owen announces the departure of School Chaplain Reverend Jenny Willsher.

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  6. To celebrate National Science Week, the Principal Ms Owen prompts us to consider the benefits of scientific and technological advancement, but also the consequences of those innovations.

    From the Principal - Science Week: Two sides of the same coin18 August

    To celebrate National Science Week, the Principal Ms Owen prompts us to consider the benefits of scientific and technological advancement, but also the consequences of those innovations.

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  7. CGGS students of The House, are seeking support and make a pledge to Canberra to provide funds for a monument to our first female prime minister, Julia Gillard.
On International Women’s Day in 2021, Canberra Girls Grammar School launched the Women in Politics and Government program, The House. The program unashamedly places students from CGGS in the pipeline for a career in politics or government. Seeking power, and pursuing a seat at the table is courageous, but equally is a moral imperative. Who better than the Girls’ School up the hill from Parliament House to lead the program?

    From the Principal - The challenge is clear6 August

    CGGS students of The House, are seeking support and make a pledge to Canberra to provide funds for a monument to our first female prime minister, Julia Gillard. On International Women’s Day in 2021, Canberra Girls Grammar School launched the Women in Politics and Government program, The House. The program unashamedly places students from CGGS in the pipeline for a career in politics or government. Seeking power, and pursuing a seat at the table is courageous, but equally is a moral imperative. Who better than the Girls’ School up the hill from Parliament House to lead the program?

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  8. For those of you who have had some time away from school and away from Canberra, welcome back. I hope you enjoyed slowing down and spending important moments with your family and friends.

    From the Principal - The importance of the human collective23 July

    For those of you who have had some time away from school and away from Canberra, welcome back. I hope you enjoyed slowing down and spending important moments with your family and friends.

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  9. During School assemblies next week, we will pause and reflect on the semester. We will discuss goal setting, achievements and regrets, and an articulation of the many paths we take towards success and fulfilment.

    From the Principal - Can you imagine the perfect semester?18 June

    During School assemblies next week, we will pause and reflect on the semester. We will discuss goal setting, achievements and regrets, and an articulation of the many paths we take towards success and fulfilment.

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  10. During my time at CGGS, I have committed to encouraging discussion and feedback from the school community to assist us to guide Girls Grammar through a changing educational landscape, and in a time of growth for the School. Community insights and evidence that stretches beyond focus groups has been gathered and will instruct our future direction.

    From the Principal - Annual Parent Survey Results4 June

    During my time at CGGS, I have committed to encouraging discussion and feedback from the school community to assist us to guide Girls Grammar through a changing educational landscape, and in a time of growth for the School. Community insights and evidence that stretches beyond focus groups has been gathered and will instruct our future direction.

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  11. In this issue of the CGGS eNews, we are farewelling someone who is both remarkable for her contribution to the School over her lifetime, but also because of the range, depth and quality of her contributions.

    From the Principal - Farewelling Jane O’Brien21 May

    In this issue of the CGGS eNews, we are farewelling someone who is both remarkable for her contribution to the School over her lifetime, but also because of the range, depth and quality of her contributions.

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  12. We are extremely proud and honoured to announce that Canberra Girls Grammar has been recognised as Excellence Awardees for two Australian Education Awards. Our Junior School has been recognised with an Excellence Award for Primary School of the Year – Non-government and our Strategic Design has been recognised with an Excellence Award for Best Strategic Plan by The Educator Australia. We are now in the running for the overall 2021 Australian Educator Awards in those two categories, the results of which will be known in August.

    CGGS is recognised globally and nationally in the week of Founder’s Day7 May

    We are extremely proud and honoured to announce that Canberra Girls Grammar has been recognised as Excellence Awardees for two Australian Education Awards. Our Junior School has been recognised with an Excellence Award for Primary School of the Year – Non-government and our Strategic Design has been recognised with an Excellence Award for Best Strategic Plan by The Educator Australia. We are now in the running for the overall 2021 Australian Educator Awards in those two categories, the results of which will be known in August.

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  13. Founded in 2020, the Sport Academy at Canberra Girls Grammar School has been established so that boys and girls on the Junior School campus, and young women on the Senior School campus, have access to the same high quality experiences in sport as those currently enjoyed by the students through our Music Academy.

    From the Principal - Time + effort + ability = results23 April

    Founded in 2020, the Sport Academy at Canberra Girls Grammar School has been established so that boys and girls on the Junior School campus, and young women on the Senior School campus, have access to the same high quality experiences in sport as those currently enjoyed by the students through our Music Academy.

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  14. Any parent and all teachers are aware of the basic ingredients that allow children to thrive for a majority of their lives. This advice, of course, is given as a generalisation. Sleep, diet, exercise, social interactions and challenge with choice are common factors. An emerging factor is the ability of a young person to ‘run their own race’.

    From the Principal - The Happy Child31 March

    Any parent and all teachers are aware of the basic ingredients that allow children to thrive for a majority of their lives. This advice, of course, is given as a generalisation. Sleep, diet, exercise, social interactions and challenge with choice are common factors. An emerging factor is the ability of a young person to ‘run their own race’.

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  15. I have despaired recently reading in the media about how we have been treating one another. And don’t start me on online behaviour.

This has made me reflect deeply on some of Professor Christine Porath’s ideas in her text: ‘Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace’.

    From the Principal - A civil society19 March

    I have despaired recently reading in the media about how we have been treating one another. And don’t start me on online behaviour. This has made me reflect deeply on some of Professor Christine Porath’s ideas in her text: ‘Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace’.

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  16. There is a dilemma that most activists must face – how to substantiate their concern, and how to get the point across or be noticed by those who can make the necessary changes within society, all while keeping the sympathy of the masses for the cause.

    From the Principal - Towards a CGGS Parliament5 March

    There is a dilemma that most activists must face – how to substantiate their concern, and how to get the point across or be noticed by those who can make the necessary changes within society, all while keeping the sympathy of the masses for the cause.

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  17. I write this just after farewelling the Year 7 students for camp, and lingering at the coffee van with the Year 7 parents; the start of a six-year journey for them. This camp is a great opportunity for our newest Senior School members to connect with their peers, start building friendships and, in some instances, lead.

    From the Principal – What can we learn about leadership from Escape Rooms?19 February

    I write this just after farewelling the Year 7 students for camp, and lingering at the coffee van with the Year 7 parents; the start of a six-year journey for them. This camp is a great opportunity for our newest Senior School members to connect with their peers, start building friendships and, in some instances, lead.

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  18. From the Principal - The gift of 20205 February

    As I mentioned in my earlier communication, I recently heard 2020 described as a houseguest who grossly overstays their welcome but then leaves behind a thoughtful gift.

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  19. It has been a big year for the Canberra Girls Grammar School students, Senior and Junior, and I am grateful for the support of so many associated with the school - your generosity, goodwill, commitment and energy are very much appreciated.

    From the Principal - Gratitude and the gift of the summer holidays4 December

    It has been a big year for the Canberra Girls Grammar School students, Senior and Junior, and I am grateful for the support of so many associated with the school - your generosity, goodwill, commitment and energy are very much appreciated.

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  20. As the 2020 school year draws to a close, I want to share with you some exciting changes that will take place across the Junior and Senior Schools in 2021. Canberra Girls Grammar School prides itself on being an agile learning organisation, not only delivering a high-quality learning experience for children and young women, but continuously looking at ways of improving how we deliver the experience.

    From the Principal - Announcement of changes for 202120 November

    As the 2020 school year draws to a close, I want to share with you some exciting changes that will take place across the Junior and Senior Schools in 2021. Canberra Girls Grammar School prides itself on being an agile learning organisation, not only delivering a high-quality learning experience for children and young women, but continuously looking at ways of improving how we deliver the experience.

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  21. A recently published report (Schleicher, 2019) accessing PISA* data confirmed that students from girls' schools outscore co-educated girls on 72 percent of academic and non-academic measures. The research is clear. By improving a young person’s academic outcomes, you change the trajectory of their life.

    From the Principal - We know, but do we really know?6 November

    A recently published report (Schleicher, 2019) accessing PISA* data confirmed that students from girls' schools outscore co-educated girls on 72 percent of academic and non-academic measures. The research is clear. By improving a young person’s academic outcomes, you change the trajectory of their life.

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  22. Did you get an ‘A’ in English at school? Even if you received the highest grade attainable, are you confident that your written skills enable you to communicate with accuracy, precision and elegance? Over the last eight months, with increased reliability on written forms of communication, the importance of this skill has never been more obvious.

    From the Principal – An invitation23 October

    Did you get an ‘A’ in English at school? Even if you received the highest grade attainable, are you confident that your written skills enable you to communicate with accuracy, precision and elegance? Over the last eight months, with increased reliability on written forms of communication, the importance of this skill has never been more obvious.

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  23. This week I am going to tell you a story, a short story, and everyone loves a story. It was a warm and intoxicating summer in 1986 when Christopher Knight, a 20-year-old from a small town in Massachusetts, USA, decided to leave home for good.

    From the Principal - Our virtual life25 September

    This week I am going to tell you a story, a short story, and everyone loves a story. It was a warm and intoxicating summer in 1986 when Christopher Knight, a 20-year-old from a small town in Massachusetts, USA, decided to leave home for good.

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  24. In establishing and building a great school, there is no one defining event, no grand opening or show-stopping moment. The school maintains a resilient presence, a judicious purpose, is part of the community and retains a strong brand within the education sector.

    From the Principal - Board Strategy Day11 September

    In establishing and building a great school, there is no one defining event, no grand opening or show-stopping moment. The school maintains a resilient presence, a judicious purpose, is part of the community and retains a strong brand within the education sector.

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  25. Information is our currency in schools, communication and conversation (verbal and non-verbal) are the means to move our currency, and fatigue is the threat that may keep the system from being balanced and productive.

    Mid-term blues28 August

    Information is our currency in schools, communication and conversation (verbal and non-verbal) are the means to move our currency, and fatigue is the threat that may keep the system from being balanced and productive.

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  26. Children today are being raised in a self-absorbed culture and as a result may be ill-equipped to understand the emotions of others. Nonetheless, significant adults, mostly family members and teachers, can help children learn to feel greater empathy by teaching them about emotions, showing them how their actions affect others and outlining how they can contribute to their world.

    Measuring your child’s empathy quotient14 August

    Children today are being raised in a self-absorbed culture and as a result may be ill-equipped to understand the emotions of others. Nonetheless, significant adults, mostly family members and teachers, can help children learn to feel greater empathy by teaching them about emotions, showing them how their actions affect others and outlining how they can contribute to their world.

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  27. Last year I reflected on the role of the Humanities in Primary and Secondary education in my eNews article The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Studying Humanities to prepare for the future31 July

    Last year I reflected on the role of the Humanities in Primary and Secondary education in my eNews article The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  28. Cycling around the Canberra region over the weekend made me realise how beautiful the winter colours are, particularly the sky.

    From the Principal - Beyond our imagination19 June

    Cycling around the Canberra region over the weekend made me realise how beautiful the winter colours are, particularly the sky.

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  29. Living and leading through a pandemic has taught me a few valuable lessons. To start with, I had to come to terms with the fact that it is not a definable concrete and sequential challenge. The pandemic is rolling over us, with ebbs and flows, fits and starts, new challenges and challenge fatigue.

    From the Principal - Life is full of complex situations4 June

    Living and leading through a pandemic has taught me a few valuable lessons. To start with, I had to come to terms with the fact that it is not a definable concrete and sequential challenge. The pandemic is rolling over us, with ebbs and flows, fits and starts, new challenges and challenge fatigue.

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  30. In our most recent eNews, we looked at stories of Canberra Girls Grammar School during the Second World War for guidance on how to behave in times of great challenge and upheaval. We can and must learn from history and, additionally, look forward to create a better world. In war times, CGGS got on with life day by day, finding a common cause and becoming a community based on resistance, defiance, and on mutual need. They just had to do the job to get through. They hoped for victory, worked and suffered for it.

    From the Principal - Our generation’s story22 May

    In our most recent eNews, we looked at stories of Canberra Girls Grammar School during the Second World War for guidance on how to behave in times of great challenge and upheaval. We can and must learn from history and, additionally, look forward to create a better world. In war times, CGGS got on with life day by day, finding a common cause and becoming a community based on resistance, defiance, and on mutual need. They just had to do the job to get through. They hoped for victory, worked and suffered for it.

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  31. Our history is instructive when predicting the future of Canberra Girls Grammar School – PART 2

Miss Una Mitchell was Headmistress of Canberra Girls Grammar School (CCEGGS) from 1937-1947.

    From the Principal - What would Miss Mitchell do?8 May

    Our history is instructive when predicting the future of Canberra Girls Grammar School – PART 2 Miss Una Mitchell was Headmistress of Canberra Girls Grammar School (CCEGGS) from 1937-1947.

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  32. Despite the uncertainty of the current times, Canberra Girls Grammar School has settled into a cycle of agility, adaptability and delivery that is quite remarkable. There are four steps in the cycle, and parents, students, staff and the community are all involved.

    ‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book9 April

    Despite the uncertainty of the current times, Canberra Girls Grammar School has settled into a cycle of agility, adaptability and delivery that is quite remarkable. There are four steps in the cycle, and parents, students, staff and the community are all involved.

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  33. As Principal, it is not my role to ascribe motives to any Federal or State/Territory decision. Schools are committed to supporting civic intent and acceptable societal norms and enriching them. I am hesitant in a crisis such as this to assign unworthy intentions to the decisions of the authorities. I acknowledge they have more facts and more responsibilities than I do. I see no reason to doubt that they are genuinely trying to save lives.

    From a world of ‘unknown unknowns’ to a world of ‘uncertain uncertainties’27 March

    As Principal, it is not my role to ascribe motives to any Federal or State/Territory decision. Schools are committed to supporting civic intent and acceptable societal norms and enriching them. I am hesitant in a crisis such as this to assign unworthy intentions to the decisions of the authorities. I acknowledge they have more facts and more responsibilities than I do. I see no reason to doubt that they are genuinely trying to save lives.

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  34. How some people view the past is often a customised and revised version of the fact. We tend to view history through the lens of the present. The present, of course, reflects changed values, new attitudes and different contexts. A new chronology of generations owns the present day. Who precedes us and succeeds us in our professional life and in our social spaces matters. The upshot is that conditions can improve, but they may also decline. For the generations of women on the planet today, conditions in general have improved, and in some areas at a breathtaking speed in the last five to 10 years.

    From the Principal - Where I am, anything is possible13 March

    How some people view the past is often a customised and revised version of the fact. We tend to view history through the lens of the present. The present, of course, reflects changed values, new attitudes and different contexts. A new chronology of generations owns the present day. Who precedes us and succeeds us in our professional life and in our social spaces matters. The upshot is that conditions can improve, but they may also decline. For the generations of women on the planet today, conditions in general have improved, and in some areas at a breathtaking speed in the last five to 10 years.

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  35. If you would like to see teachers at their best, seek them out and have a conversation with them when they are up to elbows in a co-curricular activity, often outdoors and often out-of-hours. Co-curriculum, by definition, sits alongside the curriculum.

    From the Principal - Sharpen, Strengthen, Deepen28 February

    If you would like to see teachers at their best, seek them out and have a conversation with them when they are up to elbows in a co-curricular activity, often outdoors and often out-of-hours. Co-curriculum, by definition, sits alongside the curriculum.

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  36. The first Assemblies of the Junior and Senior School year are dedicated to Commencement and Leadership. We officially recognise our new Student Leaders and Council. We also welcome our co-curriculum leaders, and the Year 6 and 12 cohorts as leaders.

    From the Principal - The mystery of modern leadership14 February

    The first Assemblies of the Junior and Senior School year are dedicated to Commencement and Leadership. We officially recognise our new Student Leaders and Council. We also welcome our co-curriculum leaders, and the Year 6 and 12 cohorts as leaders.

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  37. This week we welcomed back our students and the school came alive again. For the teachers reading this, you will understand, but for those in other professions, I must tell you there is nothing comparable to the unbridled energy, joy, smiles and squealing on the first day of the academic year.

    From the Principal – Welcome to a new school year7 February

    This week we welcomed back our students and the school came alive again. For the teachers reading this, you will understand, but for those in other professions, I must tell you there is nothing comparable to the unbridled energy, joy, smiles and squealing on the first day of the academic year.

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  38. This has been a year of exploration and discovery, of reviews and relationship building. It has been a year of energetic and faithful delivery of systems, traditions and programs. It has been an extraordinary year at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

However, the students create the life within the school. Their outstanding academic and co-curricular performances, their acts of service, their laughter and their hard work.

    From the Principal - Have a happy and holy holiday6 December

    This has been a year of exploration and discovery, of reviews and relationship building. It has been a year of energetic and faithful delivery of systems, traditions and programs. It has been an extraordinary year at Canberra Girls Grammar School. However, the students create the life within the school. Their outstanding academic and co-curricular performances, their acts of service, their laughter and their hard work.

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  39. A drama student, a music student and a fine arts student walk into the canteen... The drama student says “Drama is the best subject because it teaches you …”

    From the Principal - Connecting the dots in unexpected ways21 November

    A drama student, a music student and a fine arts student walk into the canteen... The drama student says “Drama is the best subject because it teaches you …”

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  40. I have taught at four highly academic girls’ schools in Australia, and I now lead a school with a consistently brilliant academic tradition here in the ACT.

    Shining a light on a blind spot: women’s leadership8 November

    I have taught at four highly academic girls’ schools in Australia, and I now lead a school with a consistently brilliant academic tradition here in the ACT.

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  41. The purpose of an education is so we can fit into life. Sometimes it is a life of your choosing, oftentimes it is not entirely your choice but fate, chance and God’s plan, all intervene. Year 12, my hope for you is that you look back on your school days and remember encouragement, compassion and humour; that you will be a performer, not an onlooker. That you found enjoyment in the struggles as well as in the high moments and that you will have learned to give your best.

    Beyond Year 12 - Entering a world that may not be of your choosing25 October

    The purpose of an education is so we can fit into life. Sometimes it is a life of your choosing, oftentimes it is not entirely your choice but fate, chance and God’s plan, all intervene. Year 12, my hope for you is that you look back on your school days and remember encouragement, compassion and humour; that you will be a performer, not an onlooker. That you found enjoyment in the struggles as well as in the high moments and that you will have learned to give your best.

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  42. People are returning to live music concerts in droves. More tickets were sold in Australia in the last year than in any previous years. At the heart of these real-world experiences lies the importance of human connection. Music is for the benefit of all, not just the enlightened.

    From the Principal - Rebuilding the village through music26 September

    People are returning to live music concerts in droves. More tickets were sold in Australia in the last year than in any previous years. At the heart of these real-world experiences lies the importance of human connection. Music is for the benefit of all, not just the enlightened.

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  43. Last week we turned our attention to, and celebrated, Languages Week. Language and the study of languages is a rich experience, as we also study the culture associated with a language. The ancient and modern languages of the world do not just reflect the culture of its speakers, languages have a sometimes curious effect on how we think about and perceive the world. By creating associations with words, speakers of different languages ultimately have a different experiences or perceptions of the same reality.

    From the Principal - The languages we speak affect the way we think and act12 September

    Last week we turned our attention to, and celebrated, Languages Week. Language and the study of languages is a rich experience, as we also study the culture associated with a language. The ancient and modern languages of the world do not just reflect the culture of its speakers, languages have a sometimes curious effect on how we think about and perceive the world. By creating associations with words, speakers of different languages ultimately have a different experiences or perceptions of the same reality.

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  44. Science Week is not for everybody, but for some students it is the first glimmer or insight into what may ultimately become their lifelong passion.

    From the Principal - Prickly pears28 August

    Science Week is not for everybody, but for some students it is the first glimmer or insight into what may ultimately become their lifelong passion.

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  45. Powerpoint has been torturing us since the late 1980s that is, over thirty years of ‘death by Powerpoint’. It is a brilliant tool, exceptional design, therefore the ‘end-user’ is the problem. The end-user in this case, is of course the presenter.

    From the Principal - On being referred to as a Luddite15 August

    Powerpoint has been torturing us since the late 1980s that is, over thirty years of ‘death by Powerpoint’. It is a brilliant tool, exceptional design, therefore the ‘end-user’ is the problem. The end-user in this case, is of course the presenter.

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  46. The start of a semester typically brings with it a sense of possibility, giving us the courage to hope. After three weeks of rest and revitalisation, we came back to school ready to start the next stage in our life-long learning journey. The beginning of this semester however, delivered a test of resilience none of us expected.

    First a Teacher1 August

    The start of a semester typically brings with it a sense of possibility, giving us the courage to hope. After three weeks of rest and revitalisation, we came back to school ready to start the next stage in our life-long learning journey. The beginning of this semester however, delivered a test of resilience none of us expected.

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  47. The more things change, the more they stay the same

With a foundation in the Junior School, each subject in the Senior School bridges the gap between Year 6 and tertiary entrance. The Senior School, from the beginning of next term, will return to the prior model of offering nine discipline-based faculties.

    From the Principal – Return to Humanities27 June

    The more things change, the more they stay the same With a foundation in the Junior School, each subject in the Senior School bridges the gap between Year 6 and tertiary entrance. The Senior School, from the beginning of next term, will return to the prior model of offering nine discipline-based faculties.

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  48. As we near the end of Semester 1 assessments, and for our Year 12, trial AST exams, I observe students rising to the occasion as they move through this challenging period. As educators and parents, it is our role to teach, guide and support them to build up trust in their own abilities and understand that while things will not always be smooth sailing, some of the most gratifying achievements come after a period of adversity. A confronting statistic states that 24 out of 40 British prime ministers (up until 1970) lost a parent in childhood or adolescence. I do not wish that upon any child, however, it is a compelling example of how adversity can result in one achieving greatly.

    From the Principal – Resilience21 June

    As we near the end of Semester 1 assessments, and for our Year 12, trial AST exams, I observe students rising to the occasion as they move through this challenging period. As educators and parents, it is our role to teach, guide and support them to build up trust in their own abilities and understand that while things will not always be smooth sailing, some of the most gratifying achievements come after a period of adversity. A confronting statistic states that 24 out of 40 British prime ministers (up until 1970) lost a parent in childhood or adolescence. I do not wish that upon any child, however, it is a compelling example of how adversity can result in one achieving greatly.

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  49. As we move into shorter days and cooler mornings it is often difficult to convince ourselves that physical activity is really necessary. I was disappointed to read the articles and the angles taken in the last few weeks about young women and adolescent girls leaving team sports.

    From the Principal – staying active7 June

    As we move into shorter days and cooler mornings it is often difficult to convince ourselves that physical activity is really necessary. I was disappointed to read the articles and the angles taken in the last few weeks about young women and adolescent girls leaving team sports.

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  50. We never forget those people, places and organisations that shape us and this school is one such place. It shapes and is shaped by those who attend as students, but equally shapes and is shaped by those who accept the call to engage. I accept humbly, and with great depth of feeling, the invitation to join the CGGS community as the 15th Principal.

    From the Principal – Commissioning – following the greats23 May

    We never forget those people, places and organisations that shape us and this school is one such place. It shapes and is shaped by those who attend as students, but equally shapes and is shaped by those who accept the call to engage. I accept humbly, and with great depth of feeling, the invitation to join the CGGS community as the 15th Principal.

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  51. Parenting is all about the long game, and being a mother is the greatest test of endurance.

In all my years of experience in schools, I have never met two students that are identical. Each person, regardless of gender or age, is unique and special. This, I would argue, is most likely the same for each daughter or son. Parenting, therefore, is complex.

    Parenting – the long game and test of endurance8 May

    Parenting is all about the long game, and being a mother is the greatest test of endurance. In all my years of experience in schools, I have never met two students that are identical. Each person, regardless of gender or age, is unique and special. This, I would argue, is most likely the same for each daughter or son. Parenting, therefore, is complex.

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  52. As Term 1 ends, I have encouraged the students to continue to reflect on their short-term triumphs, to be grateful and show gratitude for the term and all the opportunities it presented.

    From the Principal – Contemplation12 April

    As Term 1 ends, I have encouraged the students to continue to reflect on their short-term triumphs, to be grateful and show gratitude for the term and all the opportunities it presented.

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  53. Our Anglican values are the prism through which we see civility at every turn. Treating others with compassion, acting justly, supporting the needs of our community, and courageously standing by our beliefs.

    From the Principal - Civility29 March

    Our Anglican values are the prism through which we see civility at every turn. Treating others with compassion, acting justly, supporting the needs of our community, and courageously standing by our beliefs.

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  54. Last week I had the privilege of sharing International Women’s Day (IWD) with some incredible young women from our School who I know will go on to achieve great things.

    From the Principal - International Women's Day15 March

    Last week I had the privilege of sharing International Women’s Day (IWD) with some incredible young women from our School who I know will go on to achieve great things.

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  55. Happy International Women’s Day!

    To our students, on International Women’s Day8 March

    Happy International Women’s Day!

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  56. For the students in our care, the introduction of bans, restrictions, constraints and rules are a double-edged sword. It gives them boundaries, certainty, ritual and traditions, teaches them how to live in a community and at times, offers up a great source of irritation that children and adolescents rage against passionately.

    From the Principal - flipping the phone conversation1 March

    For the students in our care, the introduction of bans, restrictions, constraints and rules are a double-edged sword. It gives them boundaries, certainty, ritual and traditions, teaches them how to live in a community and at times, offers up a great source of irritation that children and adolescents rage against passionately.

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  57. This week, as I walked around the Senior School during lunchtimes, or earlier in the day in the Junior School, and watched so many students sitting, playing and interacting, I reflected on the purpose of social time in the school day. Unstructured activity, outside, with multiple year groups, playing music, sharing stories and experiences, and in some instances their lunch. This is a great school with an extraordinary story and a proud past.

    From the Principal - reflection15 February

    This week, as I walked around the Senior School during lunchtimes, or earlier in the day in the Junior School, and watched so many students sitting, playing and interacting, I reflected on the purpose of social time in the school day. Unstructured activity, outside, with multiple year groups, playing music, sharing stories and experiences, and in some instances their lunch. This is a great school with an extraordinary story and a proud past.

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  58. Beginning 2019 as the 15th Principal of this historic school, this year is a significant one for me.

    Welcome from the Principal24 January

    Beginning 2019 as the 15th Principal of this historic school, this year is a significant one for me.

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