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The House Swimming Carnival placings are now available.

Deakin House: top of the ladder at the 2015 House Swimming Carnival

The House Swimming Carnival placings are now available.

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From the Principal

Easter is nearly upon us; does anyone else feel, as I do, that the years seem to pass more and more quickly?

Whatever your faith or background I think Easter is a good time for reflection. In our busy lives we have little capacity for meditating on the meaning of life and the legacy we want to leave behind us.

I have been intrigued by the story of the remains of Richard III being found buried under a carpark in Leicester, England. Richard III was the only English monarch without a marked grave. Last Thursday he was interned at Leicester Cathedral following a procession through local settings of significance and a period of lying at rest so members of the public can pay their respects. The gravestone bears the simple statement:

Richard III, King of England, killed at Bosworth Field in this country 22nd August 1485, buried in the Church of the Grey Friars in this parish.

Richard III left a fairly mixed legacy. On the one hand he was a triumphant military leader and when he became King he showed a concern for common people. He was the first King to take the Coronation Oath in English and to publish new laws in English rather than Latin, so they could be understood by everyone. He also fought corruption in the legal system and helped the common man to own property.

On the other hand he also had a reputation as a villain who gained the crown as a result of murder and intrigue. He died on the battle field, even though his army was larger than that of his opponent.

As Christians, at Easter we remember the Passion of Jesus. The festival commemorates events that Christians believe took place in the city of Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago. Jesus was tried and executed and, remarkably, returned to life. It is the central event of his life and lies at the heart of Christian belief but it wasn’t an inevitable event—at least not in human terms.

What if Jesus had remained away from the city? Jerusalem was where his enemies had their centre of power. The temple there represented everything that the religious establishment of the time stood for. The Roman authorities had their garrison there, ready to put down any hint of rebellion or rabble-rousing.

If Jesus had remained in the more remote towns and cities of Palestine, he may have been an irritant to those in power but he probably wouldn’t have provoked the response he did. He made the choice to enter Jerusalem and confront those who opposed the teaching he believed came from God his Father.

At this Easter time, we can reflect on our choices and how we can make a difference to those around us. Like Richard III, our lives will not be perfect but, old and young, we can think about the meaning in our lives.

Anne Coutts
Principal

 

From the Head of Senior School

Last Sunday our Ist VIII rowers made the A Final at the National Championships for the first time.

After a series of heats during the week twenty teams were reduced to eight in the final. In a superb display we placed 5th in Australia for open school girl crews. Congratulations to all the rowers, to the coach, Dafydd Gwynn-Jones, the Rowing staff and the parents and supporters on a terrific season.

Over the weekend, Anna Hyslop and Robin Woinarski led the Duke of Edinburgh students on their Adventurous Journey (Canoeing); Dragon Boating participated in their last local regatta before the National Championships during the holidays; Melinda Sawers and the music staff hosted the Access All Areas Concert and then combined CGGS/CGS Boarders Chapel service and dinner was held on Sunday evening, marking the beginning of Holy Week. Hilda Lee, Assistant Chaplain, gave a wonderful Reflection on the meaning of Easter. It has been said that reflection is the capacity to stop and ponder the meaning of one's experiences and the direction of one's life to have the ability to place a mirror on one's action and reflect back to oneself the value of one's activities. There are no wasted experiences, however bad, if one can draw something from them in terms of self-awareness.

Congratulations to Deakin House on winning the School swimming carnival, a wonderful effort. A swimming event for over nine hundred participants, at the AIS pool, is a huge logistical task. Jenny Hall and her staff organized a fantastic carnival. The parents, led by Mrs Janelle Kavanagh, provided a great BBQ and variety of fruit and drink on the day. The presence of many parents was very much appreciated by all. Thank you also to the staff for their efforts throughout the day.

A few outstanding individual performances in recent times: Kate O'Brien, Year 11 Waverley – Clay Target Shooting Championship win; Christine Drew, Year 11 Waverley – Triathlon win; Elizabeth Coper-Jones, Year 7 Waverley – Junior Club Cricketer of the Year. Congratulations. Next week Ellina Woodgate, Year 12 will participate in the World Independent Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Hong Kong. We wish her well.

Notice about accessing the Senior School via motor vehicle here.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Junior School

Week 10 Parent Teacher Student Conferences.

Maintaining communication between home and school is vital for the genuine partnership in learning we strive towards. At CGGS we are constantly reviewing our procedures and practices to ensure we achieve the very best outcomes for each student in our care.

By now all parents have had an opportunity to book a parent teacher interviews to speak with their child’s class teacher and, if there is a specific concern, any specialist staff who will also be available on Wednesday 8 April. There have also been some other times on offer when teachers are not on class or have commitments. Depending on the age of the student and her/his stage of development parents may choose to have a Parent Teacher Conference or a Parent-Teacher-Student Conference.

As students have brought books home over the last week to share with parents, this could be a good starting point to your discussions. At the interview, parents will be given information about their child’s progress and needs and about the program. Teachers will answer your questions and address any concerns and discuss the parents’ role in the learning process. If the student attends, she/he will be involved in discussing her/his learning and progress. We are keen for each student to show how they reflect on and consolidate their progress and to share the responsibility of informing the parents.

Buses on 27 April, Day 1 of Term 2
Our school term begins on Monday 27 April, however, due to the employees of the ACT Government having a public holiday, school buses are not operating on a normal weekday timetable. The following link may be useful if you are trying to make alternative arrangements for your child on 27 April.

http://www.action.act.gov.au/news/news_articles/bus-services-on-monday-27-april  

The information on this link describes the route services for 27 April, and also lists by non-government school the route services that ‘come in close proximity to the affected schools’, and provides timetables for those services.

In conclusion, I wish everyone enjoyable and quality family time over the Easter break. School resumes on Tuesday next week for one last short week before what will be a welcome respite for the students and staff who have worked so hard over Term 1.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

 

 

 

 

From the Director of Teaching and Learning

In Term 4 2014, the School was approached to see if we would like to become involved in a new Literacy and Numeracy Initiative, run through the ACT Association of Independent Schools. 

This initiative, where we could choose to be involved with either Literacy or Numeracy, encourages teachers and students to be involved in a continuous improvement of instruction and learning, in our case we chose to be involved with Numeracy.

This initiative is run in conjunction with the Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Academy in Queensland and is a training and mentoring facility for school instructional coaches to work within independent schools. The overarching framework is research-based strategies that can greatly enhance student learning. Yvonne McGarry and I undertook a two-day workshop to learn how to support teachers to further develop their skills in the most effective approaches for improving numeracy achievement for students.

This program will continue throughout 2015, with Yvonne working closely with members of the Mathematics Faculty in the first instance, hopefully expanding the program into other Faculties next year.

Jane O’Brien
Director of Teaching and Learning

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From the Director of Admissions

Our usual reminder about enrolments for 2015.

We anticipate that the majority of students will remain at CGGS, nevertheless we appreciate that in special circumstances some students may be leaving the School at the end of Term 3 this year. Although we do not require final notification before the last day of Term 2 this year, it would assist with our planning if we had some idea of your intentions now.

A term’s notice of intention to withdraw a student from the School or to change a student from boarding to a day place, must be given in writing to the Principal, otherwise half a term’s fees will be charged in lieu of notice should the School not be able to fill the place.

A term’s notice must also be given in writing to the Principal of intention to withdraw a student from the School for a limited period of one term or more. Half a term’s fees will be charged should the School not be able to fill the place for the period of absence. Re-entry to the School after absence of more than one term is dependent upon a place being available. Due fees apply for absences of less than one term.

Barbara Connolly
Director of Admissions

NEWS

Canberra Girls Grammar School 1st VIII finished in 5th place in the Schoolgirl Coxed Eight event at the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships at the weekend.

A historic 5th place finish at the National Rowing Championships

Canberra Girls Grammar School 1st VIII finished in 5th place in the Schoolgirl Coxed Eight event at the Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships at the weekend.

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In the Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) this year, let’s try and create the largest community team!

Almost 200 in the CGGS Mother's Day Classic team

In the Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) this year, let’s try and create the largest community team!

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On Monday 30 March, the CGGS Junior School Swimming Team attended the 12 years and under South Weston Regional Swimming Carnival at the AIS.

24 swimmers to compete at the South Weston Regional Carnival 1 April

On Monday 30 March, the CGGS Junior School Swimming Team attended the 12 years and under South Weston Regional Swimming Carnival at the AIS.

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On Monday 30 March, the CGGS SC entered into the annual tri-sport tournament with the SC of CGS, starting off the year with a ‘friendly’ game of netball.

CGGS and CGS Senior Councils' netball friendly1 April

On Monday 30 March, the CGGS SC entered into the annual tri-sport tournament with the SC of CGS, starting off the year with a ‘friendly’ game of netball.

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On Tuesday after school this week, two teams advanced to the National Round of the Linguistics Olympiad at the ANU.

CGGS winners of the ACT junior division at the Linguistics Olympiad 1 April

On Tuesday after school this week, two teams advanced to the National Round of the Linguistics Olympiad at the ANU.

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Junior School teacher takes part in the Relay for Life.

Ms Badzim takes on the Relay for Life1 April

Junior School teacher takes part in the Relay for Life.

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As Canberra evolves into a beautiful autumn wonderland, much discussion was had within the classes about autumn leaves, autumn colours, acorns and alike.

Autumn fun at the ELC1 April

As Canberra evolves into a beautiful autumn wonderland, much discussion was had within the classes about autumn leaves, autumn colours, acorns and alike.

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The Morocco Antipodeans group will be holding a screening of Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 Canberra Premiere for Morocco Antipodeans Abroad1 April

The Morocco Antipodeans group will be holding a screening of Pitch Perfect 2

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Brown paper garments were designed and constructed by the Year 10 Textiles and Design classes.

Year 10 Textiles and Designs' explore haute couture31 March

Brown paper garments were designed and constructed by the Year 10 Textiles and Design classes.

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Last Thursday, Year 8 English students were entertained by musician and actor Brett Hunt.

Year 8 students experience Brett Hunt's Hot Pies and Potato Crisps31 March

Last Thursday, Year 8 English students were entertained by musician and actor Brett Hunt.

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On Wednesday 25 March, two Junior School students attended a morning tea at Parliament House, which was held to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC Day.

Parliament House morning tea celebrating the Centenary of ANZAC31 March

On Wednesday 25 March, two Junior School students attended a morning tea at Parliament House, which was held to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC Day.

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Prep went to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Simulator that was at Parliament House last Thursday.

Prep's ride in the Royal Flying Doctor Service Simulator 31 March

Prep went to visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Simulator that was at Parliament House last Thursday.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 3 April31 March

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarians' News this week.

Grammarians' News1 April

Grammarians' News this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Careers Advisor available at Parent/Teacher interviews1 April

The School's Careers Advisor will be available to meet parents at the Parent/Teacher interviews next week.

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Soccer clinics for the April holidays26 March

Information about holiday soccer clinics.

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News from APFACTS1 April

News from APFACTS this week.

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School Shop News19 March

The change over into winter uniform commences at the beginning of Term 2.

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HARMONY DAY 2015

CREDIT: ELOISE ROBERTSON (Year 12)

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HARMONY DAY 2015

CREDIT: Erica Roche (Year 11)

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

WODEN BROWNIES

The Woden Brownie Unit has spaces open for girls interested in participating in Girl Guides. Girls attending range in age from 6 till 10. We meet on a Monday at the Garran Scout Hall, Kitchener St, Garran (next to oval) from 5.30pm till 7pm during term time. What will the girls get? She will enjoy a weekly meeting during the school term with girls in her age group. Meetings combine games, outdoor activities, craft, cooking, environment awareness and more, including camping, all tailored to her age and experience. There’s also the chance to meet other girls at local, state and national events, help people in her community and train in boating and other outdoor skills. Contact Toni Gwynn-Jones, Girls Guides ACT & South East NSW Region on 0412 880 894 or wodendistrictgirlguides@gmail.com. Link here for more information.

TUESDAY 14-FRIDAY 17 APRIL, CHILDREN'S THEATRE CAMP

9am-3pm, Drama Centre, Canberra Girls Grammar School, Senior Campus. Open to students from 7 to 12 years from all schools. Link here for more information.

SUBMISSIONS

To submit community notices or student achievements and photos for consideration in the Weekly Update, please email Monica Masters on newsletter@cggs.act.edu.au by COB Wednesday.

To submit news on CGGS Grammarians for consideration in the Weekly Update, please email Laura Hannan on grammarians@cggs.act.edu.au by COB Wednesday