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17 - 21 August 2015
I would like to congratulate Heather Ablett on being appointed Head of Junior School at The Knox School, Melbourne.

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I would like to congratulate Heather Ablett on being appointed Head of Junior School at The Knox School, Melbourne.

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From the Head of Senior School

One (of many!) events I really enjoy here at school is the opportunity to host a morning tea each term for students, nominated by any member of staff, for doing the ‘quiet achiever’ things around the School community.

We don’t gather and discuss why a person was nominated we just enjoy the morning tea. It is a moment to share some hospitality and to stop and reflect on that fact that someone else was touched by an act of kindness by each student present.

I also appreciate the staff who take the time to nominate a student. It shows to me that they get the idea of community and relationship building and that genuine interest in the welfare and wellbeing of a student is at the heart of our vocation. Building community is about connectedness for our students. Chris Gleeson SJ tells of the Melbourne paediatric physician, Dr John Court, observing that young people inhabit four worlds—their family, their school, their social world and their inner world. Each world has its own language which is often indecipherable to those outside their world and intentionally so. Not only must they live in different worlds, but the young seek to find belonging in these worlds too. If a young person does not feel at home in one world, she or he may gain strength from another. The greater the separation of the young person’s four worlds and the less they overlap, the greater the risk to the child, because it lessens the opportunity for one world to provide strength to another. As parents and teachers we should remember that however challenging things may get—never cut off, never stop talking. As Jonathan Smith in The Learning Game suggests, “Keep listening—listening usually achieves more than giving advice.”

Congratulations to our successful Year 8 and Year 9/10 Debating teams last week. Elisabeth Abhayaratna and Ellen Thurlow were awarded the best speakers in their respective finals.

Emma Findlay, Georgina Gilbert, Charlotte Marshall, Maddison Pearce, Darcie Kavanagh, Annabel Hughes, Lauren Horton and Annabelle Bowes were terrific representative at the Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day Ceremony last Tuesday. They had official roles including presenting the wreaths to the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, Defence Force personnel and returned service men and women. After the ceremony the students met with the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Mrs Cosgrove as well as former Governor-General, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Junior School

This week parents of Years 3 and 5 have received information about their child’s NAPLAN testing, conducted in May this year.

As always, there will be discussions rife about the meaning of those results as the program remains controversial, with academics and the public debating the impact on students and schools. For many, there are the questions about NAPLAN, and how this type of testing fulfils the purposes.

Whilst the stated purposes from the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) are to firstly provide information that can be used to improve teaching and learning and secondly to increase the accountability of schools and teachers, in practice we find that the results are used for many other reasons by stakeholders.

At CGGS we do examine the useful information provided by the NAPLAN, along with other data we collect in our day to day business to analyse the effectiveness of our programs, and make informed decisions about improving teaching and learning. The NAPLAN test results are not studied in isolation, but interpreted with lots of other information about students' learning. When it comes to understanding how much an individual student has learnt at CGGS we combine NAPLAN results with the classroom observations of our skilled teachers, classwork and school-based assessments and reports.

That being said, we are pleased that our students did their very best. As a school which is on a continuous improvement agenda, we will use this data along with other information to determine trends and calibrate our priorities in the Junior School for teaching and learning.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

This week students in Years 7 and 9 received their NAPLAN reports, via their tutor groups. 

These reports contain a wealth of information as well as an indication of the how the student is progressing both within this school and nationally.

Information on how to read these reports can also be obtained through the NAPLAN website here.

If parents would like to discuss these results or any aspect of the NAPLAN testing, feel free to contact me.

Jane O’Brien
Director of Teaching and Learning
jane.obrien@cggs.act.edu.au  

From the Acting Director of Curriculum

This week, Year 12 BSSS students will received an ATAR prediction.

This prediction has been calculated on the basis of a student’s course scores to date. These scores were combined to produce an aggregate score which was then used to determine the rank that the student would have obtained among each of the CGGS cohorts between 2010 and 2014. The predicted ATAR is then calculated as the value obtained by this rank.

Some caution must be exercised in interpreting this prediction because a student’s final ATAR may be outside of this range. The final aggregate score will ultimately depend on results over the FULL two years, as well as on the AST scores.

To optimise the final ATAR, students should see this final semester as a chance to improve on their individual aggregate. The AST is, then, an opportunity for the group to come together and produce a strong result for all students.

Tara Dunstall
Acting Director of Curriculum 

From the P&F President and the Winter Ball Committee

The CGGS/CGS Parents & Friends Combined Winter Ball Committee would like to thank the CGGS and CGS communities for making the inaugural Winter Ball such a tremendous success. 

Glowing tributes continue to flow in this week and the gorgeous photos on William Hall’s webpage here are testament to the glamorous good time had by all!  Everyone deserves a big thank you for coming along and supporting this lovely event but an extra shout out to Hotel Realm Manager Maurits de Graeff and his staff for their brilliant efforts and to the wonderful business people in our community who helped make the night extra special:

Hotel Realm

Jure Domazet

Tony Tonks

Maurits De Graeff,

Hotels Manager Hotel Realm

Community Relations Department, CGGS

Community Development Department, CGS

Crave Cookies

Delightful Baskets

Doubleshot Café

Elite Sound and Lighting

Fifth Lane Photography

Mudd Spa

Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant

Platis Family

Priceline Pharmacy, Manuka

Claire Primrose, Artist

Mario Sanfrancesco

Show Pony Events

Tupperware, Sue Gray

Urban Pantry

Watts McCray Family Lawyers

William Hall Photography

Wisdom in One, Trish Favretto-Dicer

The Committee is grateful for the opportunity to have hosted the 2015 Winter Ball and looks very forward to the next opportunity for collaboration between our two vibrant communities. (Photos below).

Mareeta Grundy Reid
CGGS P&F President 

CGGS/CGS Parents & Friends Combined Winter Ball Committee  

NEWS

Last week marked the end of the ACTDU Junior Open, Senior Open and Advanced debating competitions with the CGGS debating community having a very exciting and successful conclusion to its participation.

Two victories for CGGS debating

Last week marked the end of the ACTDU Junior Open, Senior Open and Advanced debating competitions with the CGGS debating community having a very exciting and successful conclusion to its participation.

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The Junior School Hall was bustling with book characters on Monday morning, transformed as students and staff turned out resembling characters who are usually stuck in the pages of books.

Junior School celebrates Book Week20 August

The Junior School Hall was bustling with book characters on Monday morning, transformed as students and staff turned out resembling characters who are usually stuck in the pages of books.

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The CGGS 40 Hour Famine team has raised more than $12,000, more than double our target goal.

More than $12,000 raised for the 40 Hour Famine20 August

The CGGS 40 Hour Famine team has raised more than $12,000, more than double our target goal.

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The Early Learning Centre students shone brightly on Monday 17 August as we celebrated Book Week.

ELC's Book Week Parade19 August

The Early Learning Centre students shone brightly on Monday 17 August as we celebrated Book Week.

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Our annual Senior School Choral Concert is coming up next Sunday 30 August at 3pm in the Chapel.

All welcome: Senior School Choral Concert20 August

Our annual Senior School Choral Concert is coming up next Sunday 30 August at 3pm in the Chapel.

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On Wednesday 12 August, the Year 11 and 12 students who study languages held our second Languages Market Day.

Languages Market Day20 August

On Wednesday 12 August, the Year 11 and 12 students who study languages held our second Languages Market Day.

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CGGS is proud to announce the launch of the Innovation Space.

Innovation Space Launch20 August

CGGS is proud to announce the launch of the Innovation Space.

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On Tuesday this week, the Environment Club hosted a future-oriented talk about the role of technology in helping the planet.

Environment Club hosts talk on the role of technology in helping the planet20 August

On Tuesday this week, the Environment Club hosted a future-oriented talk about the role of technology in helping the planet.

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Last weekend, Year 12 students Ellina Woodgate and Eloise Robertson participated in the National Rotary Model United Nations Assembly.

Eloise and Ellina at the National Rotary Model United Nations Assembly20 August

Last weekend, Year 12 students Ellina Woodgate and Eloise Robertson participated in the National Rotary Model United Nations Assembly.

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Last week we had the honour of having the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO, Martin Laverty visit the CGGS Indigenous Focus Group.

Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO visits the Indigenous Focus Group20 August

Last week we had the honour of having the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service CEO, Martin Laverty visit the CGGS Indigenous Focus Group.

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Congratulations to Kate Turner (Year 12) and Caitlin Simkin (Year 7) on their selection in ACT Touch Football representative teams.

Touch Football News20 August

Congratulations to Kate Turner (Year 12) and Caitlin Simkin (Year 7) on their selection in ACT Touch Football representative teams.

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Over the break between Semesters 1 and 2, I was one of the 12 delegates who travelled to East Timor, with UN Youth Australia on the Pacific Project.

Asha's Pacific Project in East Timor19 August

Over the break between Semesters 1 and 2, I was one of the 12 delegates who travelled to East Timor, with UN Youth Australia on the Pacific Project.

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The latest Grammar Report is out now.

The latest Grammar Report is out now17 August

The latest Grammar Report is out now.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 21 August18 August

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarian Charlotte Harper (1989), has won a $5000 Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism, for Editia, a digital first non-fiction publishing house, based in Braddon.

Grammarians' News20 August

Grammarian Charlotte Harper (1989), has won a $5000 Walkley Grant for Innovation in Journalism, for Editia, a digital first non-fiction publishing house, based in Braddon.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Combined Grammar Schools' P&F Ball

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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.