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3 - 7 August 2015
Last week the CGGS Snowsports team competed in the ACT/Southern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships.

Top results all round at the Interschools Snowsports Championships

Last week the CGGS Snowsports team competed in the ACT/Southern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships.

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From the Principal

One of the things I love about my job is the sheer variety of tasks and events I am involved in each week. 

This week I have spent time as a member of a validation panel for a government college. This involves visiting the college with a team, looking at policies and procedures, analysing data, talking to staff and students and writing a report summarising our findings. I was a School Inspector for 13 years in England (as an ‘active’ Principal) and found this aspect of the job fascinating. There is so much good practice to see in our schools.

In contrast on Sunday in our Chapel we had the baptism of one of our teachers’ 10-week-old son. It was a lovely service and a reminder of how strong our school community is. I was particularly touched when the three-year-old sister of the baby being baptised met me at the Chapel door and said to her grandma, “That’s my friend.” What a warm greeting!

On Tuesday, we hosted the Grammarians' Association Vintage Lunch. It’s the attendees that are vintage, not the food! 40 past students attended, some of whom are long standing friends and supporters of the school. We are always so grateful for the support of our Grammarians.

Thursday morning we had our annual Father and Daughter/Son Breakfast. With nearly 700 attendees this is an event to enable fathers to meet each other and to connect with the School. Every father I talked to said, “Thank you for hosting us.” A very moving talk was given by Lorin Nicholson, a blind musician who talked about his father’s support for him as he grew up with increasing blindness. He then spoke to the girls in the Senior School as part of our personal development program.

In between these events, life as Principal has been carrying on as usual. Interviews with prospective students and their families, Senior Management meetings on both campuses, financial planning, building the Masterplan and Strategic Plan for the School as well as talking with our students and staff informally.

I often tell people I have the best job in the world and I truly believe it.

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

A highlight of this week was the opportunity to attend the 2015 Grammarians' Association Vintage Lunch.

Forty Grammarians representing 1939, 1940,1947, 1949, 1950, 1951,1954, 1955, 1957,1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965 and 1993 were in attendance. The Boarding House is such an appropriate venue for a very special gathering like the GA Vintage Lunch 2015. The sharing of stories as well as the genuine interest in what is happening about the School at the moment over a lovely meal epitomises community. Well done to Development staff Victoria Fangen-Hall, Laura Hannan and Archivist Amalta Sahay for organising the event.

The Athletics Carnival was another significant event held this week. The carnival was superbly organised by the Head of PDHPE, Jenny Hall and her team. A great spirit of participation was evident. The specific outstanding performances, for example the new High jump record of 1.70m by Olivia Jones, Year 10 Glebe, will be in the Athletics Report next week. Given the cool day and the windy conditions in the afternoon this was an extraordinary achievement. Congratulations to all students involved on the day.

Could I please draw your attention to an important request—we have an Anaphylaxis Management Policy in place here at school to respond to students who are at risk of an anaphylaxis reaction. I would encourage parents and students when bringing in food, for the many wonderful causes we support, to not include nuts or nut products in the food.

A big thank you to the Year 10 Semi Formal organising committee for their time and enthusiasm in planning last Saturday night. The night was a most enjoyable occasion. A thank you also to the staff who volunteered to supervise the evening.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Junior School

CGGS Junior School has been implementing the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate for quite a number of years now, after beginning to pursue this path close to eight years ago.

The School was officially authorized in 2011 and has since become a leading school among schools in the ACT using the PYP framework and inter-disciplinary, guided inquiry approach.

Every five years each authorised school must undergo a process of Evaluation and this week two representatives from the IBO visited the Junior School to undertake this process. Whilst in the School they spoke to students, staff, parents and Board members and also reviewed our documentation and facilities. This visit is a culmination of many hours, weeks and months of work on behalf of the School staff and led by our Curriculum Coordinator Simone Reilly.  The work in the ELC and Junior School was rewarded with the commendations offered at the end of the process for the very fine shape our school was viewed.

2015 ACT/SOUTHERN NSW INTERSCHOOLS SNOWSPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Our very successful Snowsports students returned to school this week and were acknowledged for their participation, enthusiasm and efforts at the recent Interschools SnowSports Championships at Perisher. Competing in various events; snowboarding, Moguls, Skiercross or Alpine, they were all outstanding ambassadors for the School and showed leadership, team spirit, sportsmanship and support for each other. Special thanks to Luke Ritchie and Rhonda Cunningham who also attended. Following their successes, a number of students have been invited to compete at the National Interschools Championships at Mount Buller, Victoria next month.

For the majority of the Championships, the skies were blue, wind was low and conditions very conducive to quality competition. Luke and Rhonda were very impressed with not only the ability and healthy competitiveness of all our Junior School skiers and snowboarders, but also the wonderful sportsmanship and encouragement shown by those representing CGGS. Thanks to the parents who volunteered their valuable time at the Championships. Without the commitment and dedication of these volunteers, the event simply would not have happened. Some very worthy mentions of team and individual efforts can be found in the top story of the Weekly Update.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

 

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P&F Fete Administrator

New date for the P&F Fete.

Due to the lack of contractor availability for the amusement rides the Fete Committee has determined that the original date set for the 2015 CGGS P&F Fete is no longer feasible. This year’s fete will now occur on Saturday 31 October.

The committee is working hard to ensure it provides the entire school community with a memorable experience. It is understood that this change will impact on a number of groups within the CGGS community and we apologise for this.

It is important to note that this event is the main fundraising opportunity for your P&F Association. The money raised at the fete enables the P&F to financially support important initiatives that are not funded under the School program. Initiatives funded in recent years include the state-of-the art Junior School playground, phonic ear technology, sound systems for student community zones, PDHPE rowing ergometers and furniture in the Boarding House. In previous years, these initiatives have been identified after the fete has concluded. This year it is the intention of the P&F to identify the key funding goals prior to the fete so that your grateful contribution is linked to a tangible outcome.  We will keep you posted as we work through this process.

Thank you for your understanding regarding the change to the fete date.  

Brad Robertson
P&F Fete Administrator

CALENDARS ON CANVAS

On Tuesday 4 August, two new calendars were added to Canvas: Junior School Events Calendar and Senior School Events Calendar, you will automatically be added to the relevant calendar/s.

Both calendars will show key campus events and will be populated with any changes or additions. These changes will be automatically updated. Please ensure that these calendars are selected and highlighted in your list of calendars in order for you to view the events.

We appreciate your patience as this process is implemented.

Eric Roussel
eLearning Coordinator
eric.roussel@cggs.act.edu.au 

NEWS

You're invited to attend the 2015 Combined Canberra Grammar Schools' Bands Concert.

The Combined Canberra Grammar Schools' Band Concert

You're invited to attend the 2015 Combined Canberra Grammar Schools' Bands Concert.

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Monday 3 August was the 100th day of school for our Prep students. To celebrate this exciting milestone we had a fun filled day all about the number 100!

100 days of Prep7 August

Monday 3 August was the 100th day of school for our Prep students. To celebrate this exciting milestone we had a fun filled day all about the number 100!

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Music news this week.

Music News7 August

Music news this week.

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Last weekend, Glebe House students supported the annual Malkara Railway Exhibition.

Glebe girls provide Community Service7 August

Last weekend, Glebe House students supported the annual Malkara Railway Exhibition.

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Last Sunday Year 7 Glebe girls joined with Burgess House from CGS on our annual Ski Trip.

Year 7 Glebe's ski trip7 August

Last Sunday Year 7 Glebe girls joined with Burgess House from CGS on our annual Ski Trip.

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Wednesday 5 August was Healthy Bones Morning Tea at the Junior School and ELC.

Healthy Bones at the Junior School and ELC7 August

Wednesday 5 August was Healthy Bones Morning Tea at the Junior School and ELC.

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On Wednesday 29 July, Robertson House held a fundraiser for Liver Kids Australia.

Robertson House raises $1400 for Liver Kids Australia4 August

On Wednesday 29 July, Robertson House held a fundraiser for Liver Kids Australia.

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The Kilburn Red Nose Day was a really fun and successful day for all involved.

Kilburn House supports Red Nose Day7 August

The Kilburn Red Nose Day was a really fun and successful day for all involved.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 7 August7 August

Congratulations to the following students.

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On Thursday 4 August, 40 Grammarians attended the Vintage Lunch held in the Boarding House, traveling to Canberra Girls Grammar School from as far away as Perth!

Grammarians' news7 August

On Thursday 4 August, 40 Grammarians attended the Vintage Lunch held in the Boarding House, traveling to Canberra Girls Grammar School from as far away as Perth!

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

A SPECIAL BAPTISM AT THE CHAPEL

 

Little Kieran Kelly is baptised at the Chapel of the Annunciation by the Rev’d Paul Harris during the July Family and Friends' service at the weekend. His parents Dane and Natalie Jenkins (Science teacher), look on.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

7-9 AUGUST, WODEN SENIORS' BIG BOOK FAIR

Friday 7 August 11-6pm, Saturday 8 August 10-4pm and Sunday 9 August 10-4pm, 12 Corinna Street, Woden. A huge range of quality books, including collectables, children's books, fiction and non-fiction, will be on offer at reasonable prices. On Saturday, there will be story telling sessions for children at 12 noon and 2 pm with Mollie B of the ACT Storytellers Guild. An added feature will be 'Happy Hour' from 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday 9 August, when books will be at rock bottom prices. The Coffee Shop will be open for morning or afternoon tea and cakes, jewellery and bric a brac will be on sale. Entry is by gold coin donation. There is parking at the Club. For further information visitwww.wodenseniors.org.au

9 AUGUST, AIR SCOUTS FIELD DAY

11am-4pm, Latrobe Park Scout Hall, Deakin. Air Scouts Canberra is looking to recruit new families into their group. Air Scouts is similar to normal Scouting but with a special interest in aviation and space. Come and try Air Scouts on Sunday. You can make an emergency shelter, build a water rocket, fly a model plane, learn some cool knots, play team games and toast marshmallows. For more information contact Martine, Cub Scout Leader on 0417 350 055 or leaders@airscouts.com.au

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