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24 - 28 August 2015
The Senior School Science Department celebrate Science Week.

SCIENCE POP UP PARTY

The Senior School Science Department celebrate Science Week.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

In a few short years, every student in our schools will be from the 21st century and no teacher will be. The entire student body and the entire teacher workforce will be from different centuries.

Lester Laminack

The above quote made me stop and think. Is this a problem? Will teachers be able to communicate effectively with students across this mysterious century divide? Does it make any difference at all?

I suppose the first point is that age doesn’t dictate people’s ability to communicate with each other. I am sure that many of you will have shared my experience of valuing your grandparents and their caring and enriching relationship with us. We also will have had colleagues or acquaintances of the same age that have not had that ease of communication.

So, is there something about the experiences of a different century that could create a barrier between teachers and students? Certainly the familiarity with which students use social media and digital technology generally is remarkable. They can not imagine a world without Smartphones, iPads, Skype and GoPro. However, we are all catching up. Even our ‘silver surfer’ friends are loving learning in the digital arena.

Dr Justin Tarte recently tweeted that the difference between a child having a good day or a bad day is the extra time we give them. The time teachers take to plan carefully and create those engaging lessons. When we take time to listen carefully to students questions and concerns. A good teacher knows their students and responds to them as individuals. A great teacher inspires; inspires others to become better teachers and better students. Great teachers uncover hidden treasures, possibilities and magic, right before everyone’s eyes.

Thankfully, I don’t think teachers and students coming from different centuries is going to be a problem.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan, Canberra Girls Grammar School

FROM THE HEAD OF THE SENIOR SCHOOL

Our Year 12 students seeking tertiary study entrance are required to sit the ACT Scaling Test or AST. The test aims to measure a range of general skills that are seen to be relevant to success in a variety of school subjects and to further education, especially tertiary studies. This is another milestone event for our Year 12’s and will be held next Tuesday, September 1 and Wednesday, September 2.

The AST contains three papers – a 105 minute Short Response Test, a 135 minute Multiple-Choice test containing 80 questions, and a 150 minute Writing Task. The material for the Multiple-Choice paper is drawn from the areas of humanities, social sciences, sciences and mathematics and is designed to be accessible to all senior students. The Short Response questions are designed to measure the skills and processes of comprehension and interpretation, analysis and synthesis of information, critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and evaluation and response. The Writing Task includes stimulus material that may include text, cartoons, charts or graphs which present various views of a particular issue. The students are asked to write a persuasive piece of about 600 words in response.

We have invited the Year 12 students to an AST breakfast on Tuesday morning at 8.00am. I would encourage students to attend. Being at school a little earlier than normal and having a relaxed breakfast and conversation I believe will take some pressure off and settle the nerves. Our students are well prepared and can be confident in their ability.

Staying on the Senior student theme this week – congratulations to Year 11 Glebe student Miranda Summersby-Mitchell on her selection in the ACT U19 Women’s Football rep team. The level of skill required is very high and we wish Miranda every success.

Peter Milligan
Head of the Senior School

David Blue - Director of Co-curriculum, Canberra Girls Grammar School

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF CO-CURRICULUM

Parent – Teacher Interviews for Years 7 to 11 are scheduled for the final 2 weeks of Term 3. The dates are Tuesday September 15, Monday September 21 and Thursday September 24, from 4.00pm to 7.30pm.

The on-line booking system for parents will open on Tuesday September 8 at 5.00pm. Prior to this date, parents will receive an email with details about how to access and log in to the booking system.

David Blue
Director of Co-curriculum

Barbara Connelly - Admissions, Canberra Girls Grammar School

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

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 4 this year. Although we do not require final notification before the last day of Term 3 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

This weekend we are very excited to be making a CD recording of our annual Choral Concert.

MUSIC NEWS28 August

This weekend we are very excited to be making a CD recording of our annual Choral Concert.

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At the end of last month the ACT Constitutional Convention was held here in Canberra.

DEBATING NEWS28 August

At the end of last month the ACT Constitutional Convention was held here in Canberra.

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Over $1800 raised for Daffodil Day 2015 in the Junior School

Daffodil Day in the Junior School 26 August

Over $1800 raised for Daffodil Day 2015 in the Junior School

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CGGS Yr 5/6 girls entered a team in the ACT Touch Football Community Day. The team won all 6 games, winning a very hard fought grand final 2-1 against Good Shepard to be the best yr 5/6 school team in the ACT.

TEAM WINS TOUCH FOOTBALL COMPETITION 28 August

CGGS Yr 5/6 girls entered a team in the ACT Touch Football Community Day. The team won all 6 games, winning a very hard fought grand final 2-1 against Good Shepard to be the best yr 5/6 school team in the ACT.

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Teachers take on the students in a lunchtime Qudditch match.

STUDENT V's TEACHER QUIDDITCH MATCH28 August

Teachers take on the students in a lunchtime Qudditch match.

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Dance Festival 2015 is here! The biggest youth dance event in the ACT has returned to the Canberra Theatre from 16-18 September and CGGS has over 80 Senior School students performing.

AUSDANCE FEST IS BACK FOR 201528 August

Dance Festival 2015 is here! The biggest youth dance event in the ACT has returned to the Canberra Theatre from 16-18 September and CGGS has over 80 Senior School students performing.

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Louise Burrows is currently at the Australian Wallaroos Rugby Union team camp at Bond University on the Gold Coast for 5 days.

Wallaroo call up for Louise Burrows28 August

Louise Burrows is currently at the Australian Wallaroos Rugby Union team camp at Bond University on the Gold Coast for 5 days.

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Lisa, an active Canberra ambassador for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) since 2013, has recently been in the Canberra Times talking about The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) National High Tea and the #10hours campaign.

Grammarians’ News28 August

Lisa, an active Canberra ambassador for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) since 2013, has recently been in the Canberra Times talking about The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) National High Tea and the #10hours campaign.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements – WU 28 August 201528 August

Congratulations to the following students.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.