Student Achievements

Posted 22 October 2021 10:37am

A huge congratulations to the CGGS Junior School Social Sciences team, who competed in the Tournament of Minds (ToM) International Final and won their respective discipline. Our Junior School STEM team also competed in the finals. Despite lockdown in several Australian states, the online version of the ToM International Finals took place in Perth via Zoom last Saturday. Teams across the country competed in an extended spontaneous challenge, drawing upon creative and critical thinking skills, effective problem-solving strategies, and efficient group thinking processes to solve challenges from their discipline in the most creative way possible. The CGGS teams represented the ACT in the STEM and Social Sciences disciplines, and it was indeed an honour for the Social Sciences team to be announced the winner in their discipline. Congratulations to all CGGS participants who displayed a strong commitment to their teams and the Tournament since Term 2.

On Wednesday evening, our Year 11 IB students presented a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) exhibit online. Students were tasked with answering an open-ended question on knowledge, such as who owns knowledge? Why do we seek knowledge? And what role does imagination play in producing knowledge? They then chose three real world objects to answer their question in some way. The students provided though-provoking content, challenged traditional concepts of knowledge and engaged with parents, teachers, family and friends through insightful questions. Well done to the girls on their brilliant work.

Congratulations to our Year 7 and 9 Da Vinci Decathlon teams, who finished in first place in their respective divisions. The Da Vinci Decathlon is a challenging academic competition where students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. The event is one of many opportunities our students are provided to demonstrate their skills beyond the classroom. Well done to all students who participated.

Our CGGS Debating and Public Speaking students have continued to claim victories despite COVID-19 restrictions. All five teams competing in the National NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition have made it into the final rounds, which is an amazing effort.

The Australian Heads of Independent Girls Schools (AHIGS) Festival of Speech took place on Friday and Saturday the 16 and 17 October. The competition was split into seven categories (public speaking, poetry, readings, debating, current affairs, religious and ethical questions, and drama) with each section allowing one entry per school. Girls from CGGS competed against 25 of the most prestigious schools in Sydney and managed to pull in some amazing results! Congratulations to Prisha Mahapatra (Y8) who managed to make the finals of Junior Public Speaking with an absolutely amazing speech. Aimee Hosegood (Y10), Serina Guo (Y10), and Elke Spiller (Y7) exceled in the Religious and Ethical category after having put in months of hard work and training. The girls came third overall in the team event which is a massive achievement! In the Current Affairs event, which requires students to do an impromptu mock Q&A panel, Tiffany Henson (Y11), Phoebe Budd (Y11) and Aliya Voyles (Y11) claimed an impressive third place. Our junior debating team (Ridhima Mookerjee (Y7), Alyse O’Brien (Y7), Laila Chapman (Y7), and Siena Towndrow (Y7)) did an amazing job to reach the quarter finals in their first year of debating and against older teams. Finally, a massive congratulations to the senior debating team comprised of Bella Mun (Y11), Lauren Goldie (Y11), Muntaha Siddique (Y9), and Reshmi Senanayake (Y9) who managed to take out first place against some very impressive Sydney teams.

In the Junior categories, CGGS ranked 14th out of 26 schools, whilst the Seniors placed third, only two points behind the top two schools. Overall CGGS placed sixth which is a terrific effort from everyone that competed.

Congratulations to Junior School students Annabel Bathgate (Y5) Abbey (Y6) who have both been nominated to receive a 2021 Children's Week Award. Annabel led an initiative to sew face masks for children in Africa to stop the spread of COVID-19. She sourced materials and patterns and then sewed masks by hand with her friends, before sending them to the Alima Academy in Kenya. Abbey is an advocate for children with dyslexia, and created a support group for younger students and kids with dyslexia that helps them find different ideas and ways of working with dyslexia. Well done to both girls.


Bottom: Tournament of Minds Social Sciences and STEM teams, Year 11 IB students preparing for their TOK Exhibit, Year 7 and 9 Da Vinci Decathlon teams.

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