Cause for celebration

As we farewell Week 7, we have a lot to celebrate from the last two weeks.

Our celebration of International Women’s Day through a dedicated IWD assembly was an outstanding event. The assembly was held on Monday 8 March and was a spectacular example of the depth and accomplishments of members of our school community. Led entirely by the Senior Council, the Senior School students learned about the history and significance of the day, heard about four outstanding women who have inspired SC members, and listened to a panel discussion with two Grammarians, Asha Clementi (2017) and Laura Cox (2010) who spoke about the importance of following your passions and having the confidence to make changes where change is needed. Year 12 student Miranda performed ‘Scars to your Beautiful’ by Alessia Cara and CGGS Head of Choirs, Sonia Connor, (with Alexis, Ziqi, Matilda and Ms Harvey-Martin) performed ‘Still Dream’ (From Rise of the Guardians) dedicated to girls everywhere. We were also delighted to welcome the Governor-General, the Honourable David Hurley and his wife, Mrs Linda Hurley (whose daughter Caitlin also attended CGGS) along with a number of other guests to the assembly. This was the first full Senior School assembly of the year, and it was such a wonderful way to welcome all our students back to the Senior School Hall.

The afternoon of Jazz was moved indoors on Saturday 5 March, and was a beautiful celebration of our student musicians and also the community ensembles. Congratulations to all who performed, catered, volunteered and organised such a successful event. This was a truly lovely concert.

Our Athletics Carnival was reimagined to allow our seasoned competitors to attend the AIS facility for the usual scheduled events, while year group competitions were held on the Senior School Oval. We were very fortunate for a break in the weather which allowed all events to proceed without rain interruption. We even had some sunshine in the afternoon! A big congratulations to all students who participated across the two venues, and a huge thank you to the staff who worked their magic to ensure the events could go ahead.

Next week we welcome Mr Paul Dillon back to CGGS for a number of presentations to students. Paul speaks candidly on Teens, Alcohol and other Drugs, and is an outstanding presenter who is always highly engaging. You are warmly invited to join a virtual presentation on Wednesday, 23 March at 6:30pm. Registrations are essential and can be made via the Parent Partnership Series link on Agora or by clicking here.

Looking ahead to Weeks 9 and 10, we will be holding our virtual parent-teacher interviews for all students. Further information on how to book has been distributed to parents this week, and we look forward to meeting you online then.

Finally, the results of the 2021 NAPLAN assessments have just been released on MySchool. I am pleased to report that CGGS has done notably well, continuing our tradition of academic excellence across the School.

I wish you all a productive and enjoyable Weeks 8 and 9.

Ms Joanna Leaman
Acting Deputy Principal (Head of Senior School)