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10 - 14 August 2015
The Safe School Committee hosted 650 members of the School Community at the Father Daughter/Son Breakfast on Thursday 6 August in the Senior School Hall.

2015 Father Daughter/Son Breakfast

The Safe School Committee hosted 650 members of the School Community at the Father Daughter/Son Breakfast on Thursday 6 August in the Senior School Hall.

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From the Principal

I was talking to a three-year-old girl (not from our school) last week and noticed the big sticker on her jumper.

She had just come from day care and I congratulated her on the sticker asking, “What did you get it for?” She pulled down the front of her jumper and gazed at the sticker thoughtfully, “Oh, I don’t know.” was the response. She then peeled it off and stuck it on to her Mum’s arm. “Thank you darling.” said her Mum. “What’s it for?” “You’ve been listening.” her daughter said. It made me think about whether we do our young people a disservice by making their efforts all about a sticker, a certificate, a trophy or a ribbon.

Parents often ask me how they can encourage their teenage children to read for pleasure. (We all know that reading increases vocabulary and enables safe exposure to emotions, thoughts and points of view. In other words it helps young people to think). I answer by talking about finding that book that engages their interest; that whets their appetite for the joys of reading. For example, J.K. Rowling is credited with engaging a lot of younger students in reading with her Harry Potter books. We need to encourage intrinsic motivation for reading, so that it becomes something the student wants to do. Can we extend this thought more widely in our approaches to learning? Do we actually demotivate children by offering a reward for something they are already keen to do? If a student ‘loses out’ on a certificate, trophy or prize does that affect their intrinsic motivation?

Now I must confess here that I don’t believe that every student ‘has to be a winner’ so I am not pondering rewards in order to get rid of them so nobody feels left out. Maybe, if we spent more time allowing students to feel the satisfaction of achievement through their own efforts. Then celebrated that achievement with praise and encouragement, it would mean more for their future lifelong learning than a sticker on their jumper.

Anne Coutts
Principal

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From the Head of Senior School

Former astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield is well known to many for his rendition of David Bowie’s song Space Oddity while on the Space Station.

Recently he was asked about the experience of looking back on Earth and did he see himself as a Canadian citizen or an international citizen while on the mission? He replied: “When you first get to space, it's actually kind of comical. You get to the window and you look for things that you know. And, in fact, you feel this weird compulsion to grab the person next to you and go, "Hey look, there’s Paris. I was in Paris. That’s Paris. I was in Paris." And the other person goes, "Okay." But then the second time around you go, "Yeah, hey, there’s Paris." And then the third time around, somewhere along the way, you start to realise that your particular parochial view of the world gets less and less important, and, yeah, I’m a very proud member of the society that I grew up in. I’m a very proud Canadian. I was happy to command a spaceship with a Canadian flag on my shoulder, but I recognise that it’s way more than that and I had a crew from all around the world and you go around the world 16 times a day so you see all seven billion people every single day and somewhere along the way when I was, you know, communicating with Twitter, I stopped referring to sort of other people from other places and it all just sort of became a collective sense of us, sort of unconsciously without me thinking about it, which I think is healthy, but it's not normal, and the more we can get that way, I think, whether on purpose or just by the things that we do, I think the better we’ll be.”

When asked about how you go about facing change in your life, particularly after returning from such an extraordinary experience, he observed: “We all have things we haven’t done in life through fearing the possible consequences. We can say to ourselves I'm fearful and therefore I’m just not going to do that thing but, of course, all of those experiences have a richness that maybe make them worth doing. So how do you change yourself from just hiding behind an amorphous fear to digging into it to figuring out that this is something worth taking a risk for?

We’re all going to die eventually anyway, so which things in your life did you decide were worth taking a risk? And, to me, I think early on, giving yourself a definition of what success might look like. If these things that I’m doing go perfectly, how is it going to end up? What am I going to be doing? What am I really trying to accomplish with my life? Because that then lets you choose what you're going to do next. That I wanted to walk on the Moon, I decided when I was nine. Neil and Buzz are the coolest human beings ever. I want to walk on the Moon. I'm nine years old. What do I do next? And so I started reading about it and learning to scuba dive and joined the air cadets and learned to fly and go to university. All of those things trying to gather each of the skills that someday may let me do something that was my end life dream and the question we all face is not, you know, want do I want to be doing in 30 years.

The real hard question is what should I do next? And to me that's the real key of how you change yourself is give yourself a long term definition of how you want this to turn out so that it helps you choose the small things you need to deliberately whittle away and change about yourself so that you can separate danger from fear. You can say this is a risk worth taking. This is a risk not worth taking. This is something that is important to me. And it’s amazing, if you go through that mental process internally, where each of those little next steps can take you.”

Listening to stories links the listener to the speaker’s experience. We have all grown up with family stories that bridge generations. While Chris Hadfield has the ability to readily engage the listener through the physical description of, for example, how and why an astronaut undertakes a spacewalk and the accompanying dangers of such an exercise, he has an amazing ability to share his personal reflections on his time as an astronaut. Building resilience in our students is about making connections that provide support and alternatives for students in moments of stress and challenge. Establishing connections to a friendship group, tutor group, House group and the School overall will build community, stories, memories and a positive sense of self.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

NEWS

On Tuesday 4 August Senior School students participated in the annual CGGS House Athletics Carnival, with track and field events at the Australian Institute of Sport Athletics Track.

2015 House Athletics Carnival wrap-up

On Tuesday 4 August Senior School students participated in the annual CGGS House Athletics Carnival, with track and field events at the Australian Institute of Sport Athletics Track.

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Prep have been exploring ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ by looking at our personal histories.

Prep's Museum Afternoon13 August

Prep have been exploring ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ by looking at our personal histories.

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On Tuesday 11 August, Year 5 students travelled to Birrigai to participate in a simulation game that allowed us to experience what life was like on the goldfields during the 1850s.

Year 5 experiences life on the goldfields13 August

On Tuesday 11 August, Year 5 students travelled to Birrigai to participate in a simulation game that allowed us to experience what life was like on the goldfields during the 1850s.

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Music news this week.

Music News13 August

Music news this week.

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With a CGGS team ranging from Year 2 to Year 6 we had students compete in all events. Well done to all our boys and girls who ran, threw and jumped so fast, strong and far.

Junior School students compete at the South Weston Athletics Carnival 13 August

With a CGGS team ranging from Year 2 to Year 6 we had students compete in all events. Well done to all our boys and girls who ran, threw and jumped so fast, strong and far.

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On Monday 10 August, CGGS entered all year divisions in the ASC Hockey Carnival against other independent schools in Canberra and Goulburn.

CGGS ASC Hockey Success13 August

On Monday 10 August, CGGS entered all year divisions in the ASC Hockey Carnival against other independent schools in Canberra and Goulburn.

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Seventeen Senior School students participated in the City2Surf 14km fun run recently, raising more than $7000 as part of the Podmore Foundation's team.

City2Surf 2015 excursion a success12 August

Seventeen Senior School students participated in the City2Surf 14km fun run recently, raising more than $7000 as part of the Podmore Foundation's team.

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On Friday 7 August, Burgmann held their annual market day fundraiser.

Almost $2000 raised for Jeans for Genes Day12 August

On Friday 7 August, Burgmann held their annual market day fundraiser.

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Congratulations to the students in Years 3 to 6 in the Junior School for achieving a 2nd place in the weekly Languagenut- Lingualympics.

2nd place for the Junior School in Lingualympics13 August

Congratulations to the students in Years 3 to 6 in the Junior School for achieving a 2nd place in the weekly Languagenut- Lingualympics.

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Congratulations to Avya Craig, Rebecca Hughes, Chloe Swan, Emma Byatt and Abby Roche.

ACT netball champions13 August

Congratulations to Avya Craig, Rebecca Hughes, Chloe Swan, Emma Byatt and Abby Roche.

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Do you have any devices at home collecting dust?

Junior School needs your unused devices13 August

Do you have any devices at home collecting dust?

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At the end of June, the CGGS Sailing Team competed in the national Australian Schools Teams Racing Championships. This was the third year we have entered a team in this competition and it was by far our most successful year.

Sailing: runners-up at the Australian Schools Teams Racing Championships13 August

At the end of June, the CGGS Sailing Team competed in the national Australian Schools Teams Racing Championships. This was the third year we have entered a team in this competition and it was by far our most successful year.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 14 August12 August

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarians' news this week.

Grammarians' News13 August

Grammarians' news this week.

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Students take on the 40-hour Famine this weekend

 

 

PHOTO:CGGS students with Andrew Leigh MP, Jeeven Nadanakumar from World Vision and other local students participating in the 40 Hour Famine this weekend. CREDIT: Jennifer Rayner.

Link here for the Canberra Times article.

Link here to sponsor the CGGS team.

ACT Targeted Talent Program for Athletics

Four of our students have been named in the ACT Targeted Talent Program for Athletics for 2015/2016. They are Annabel Laing (sprints and hurdles), Capella Maguire (endurance), Olivia Jones (jumps) and Imogen Laing (jumps).

PHOTO: Imogen Laing, Olivia Jones and Annabel Laing. Absent from photo: Capella Maguire.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNITY NOTICES

28 AUGUST, RIBBONS & CRANES BRAIN CANCER AWARENESS DINNER

7pm, Corinna Room, Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. All funds raised in support of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and Brain Tumour Alliance Australia. Book your tickets through http://www.trybooking.com/141443. 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