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9 - 13 February 2015
Meet School Captain Elizabeth Tridgell and Vice Captain Larissa Woosup.

Meet the School Captain and Vice Captain

Meet School Captain Elizabeth Tridgell and Vice Captain Larissa Woosup.

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From the Principal

Both in the Senior School and the Junior School we are in camping season.

I believe it is an enriching and enjoyable experience for students to camp and participate in outdoor activities. First of all they get to know each other in a different way. This is especially true for Year 7. We have found having camp in the second week of Term 1 is a positive start to their life in Senior School. They have fun, they try new outward bound activities, get to know their tutors and make friendships with one another. Some have never had a camping experience before but inevitably return saying, "We had a great time!"

The younger ones in the Junior School have shorter camps, which is appropriate to their age, but also return full of stories and enthusiasm.

You will have read Peter Milligan's (Head of Senior School) account of the Year 12 Senior Council leadership weekend in the last Weekly Update. Again, a combination of outdoors activities and learning about leadership was very successful. Several members of the Senior Council have told me how beautiful the gorges were that they canoed up on the first day.

I remember from my own school days that these camps make lasting memories. Of course in England the weather is not so kind and I woke up one morning to find my tent weighed down by a coating of snow several centimetres thick. There were also times that I can only reveal now, where things didn't go to plan. Like our first stint on washing up duty when one of the pots was so encrusted with baked on food we gave up trying to clean it and buried it in a quickly dug hole instead.

Happy days!

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

The first week of classes was very settled as students re-engaged with daily life at CGGS.

The Commencement Service saw the 2015 Senior Student leaders receive their badges and commit to leading the student community by exemplifying respect, kindness and fairness towards all students. The sense of optimism in the group was clearly evident, particularly their desire to involve as many of their fellow students in their respective areas of responsibility as possible.

The settled start to the year is due to the commitment of many staff and I would like to recognise the efforts of faculty heads; teaching and non-teaching staff; Human Resources; executive assistants; information and technology staff; boarding staff; school caretaker Alex King; clerical assistants; school assistants; maintenance staff; Corporate Services; Community Relations; School Shop and other groups who worked on refurbishment projects.

A vibrant school is about community. The partnership between parents and the School is the cornerstone for continuing to build on what is clearly a wonderfully warm and welcoming community. The generosity of the parents I met when cooking breakfast for the rowers epitomises the spirit evident in the community as did the warmth of the welcome extended by the parents of the Boarders at the welcome function.

This week our Year 7’s and Year 11’s embarked on their respective camps. Year 11 is, more accurately, their Orientation Program which includes study skills; leadership and group dynamics activities; team building; reflections from former students and peer support training. Best wishes to the students and Staff involved in both events.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

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From the Head of Junior School

Last week commenced very positively in the Junior School as we acknowledged the 2015 Student Leaders as they were inducted into office.

Nineteen Year 6 students took a formal pledge before the student body, the staff and assembled parents and guests. The service, led by the School Chaplain Rev. Paul Harris illustrated that leadership is about service and what we can do for others. Our student leaders have taken a pledge to serve the School community. This will be done with the support of their peers, the staff and their families. In turn, the student body is committed to help them as they lead the Junior School. We are confident that these girls, with the help of their peers who will work closely with them on various committees, will undertake their roles with distinction and be exceptional role models for the Junior School.

You will 'meet' the Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl and the Captains in next week's Weekly Update.

HOUSE BREAKFASTS
Our mornings this week have started in spectacular fashion with cheers and chants as each of the four Houses in the Junior School have enjoyed their Annual House Breakfast. It was most encouraging to see the many families that gathered in the Art Courtyard to feast on ham and cheese croissants, Danish pastries fruit and orange juice.  For the new students to the Junior School, it was a taste of what House spirit is all about at CGGS. We thank the House Coordinators for their organisation of this popular community event and congratulate the eight House Captains for leading the first House event for 2015.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

TERM DATES FOR 2015

Term 1

Monday 2 February to Friday 10 April

Term 2 Monday 27 April to Friday 26 June
Term 3 Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4 Monday 12 October to Friday 4 December

NEWS

On Thursday 5 February our Year 5 and 6 choir, Cantantes sang for the opening of the Australia Day Awards ceremony at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Year 5 and 6 choir performs for the opening of the Australia Day Awards ceremony

On Thursday 5 February our Year 5 and 6 choir, Cantantes sang for the opening of the Australia Day Awards ceremony at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

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Congratulations to the new Senior Council.

2015 Senior Council13 February

Congratulations to the new Senior Council.

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Week 2 is House Breakfast week at the Junior School.

House Breakfasts at the Junior School12 February

Week 2 is House Breakfast week at the Junior School.

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While most girls were savouring the final weekend of their summer holidays, 14 of the 15 newly elected Senior Council members for 2015 embarked on a three-day journey to Morton National Park for Leadership Camp.

Senior Council's Leadership Camp12 February

While most girls were savouring the final weekend of their summer holidays, 14 of the 15 newly elected Senior Council members for 2015 embarked on a three-day journey to Morton National Park for Leadership Camp.

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Grammarian Sarah Bradbury (2009) and her Sydney Law School team recorded the best ever performance of any team in the Australian National Rounds at the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court competition.

Congratulations to Grammarian Sarah Bradbury (2009)13 February

Grammarian Sarah Bradbury (2009) and her Sydney Law School team recorded the best ever performance of any team in the Australian National Rounds at the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court competition.

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Important messages regarding hired/student-owned instruments and diary dates.

Music News12 February

Important messages regarding hired/student-owned instruments and diary dates.

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As the School year begins, it's a good time to remind everyone of the services available in the Senior School Library.

Welcome back to the Library for 201512 February

As the School year begins, it's a good time to remind everyone of the services available in the Senior School Library.

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Grammarians' News this week.

Grammarians' News12 February

Grammarians' News this week.

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2016 CGGS Scholarship Applications are now open.

2016 Scholarship Applications are now open18 November

2016 CGGS Scholarship Applications are now open.

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Debating and Public Speaking Camp12 February

On 29 and 30 January, Debating and Public Speaking Captain Ellina Woodgate (Year 12) and Vice Captain Breanna Lee (Year 11), hosted a two-day camp for Debating and Public Speaking students.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

REMINDER: Readak Parent Information Evening is on Tuesday 10 March13 February

At Canberra Girls Grammar School we constantly examine our curriculum to ensure we are offering the best educational opportunities for your child. Once again we will be offering the option of The Readak Advanced Learning Skills Course to students in Years 7-12.

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SwimFit 2015 at the CGGS swimming pool12 February

SwimFit is back during term time in 2015.

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Winter Netball trials 12 February

The 2015 CGGS winter netball season is about to start.

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ATTENTION: Winter netball Years 7-9 Intermediates12 February

In 2015 we will start the next two-year transition of phasing down our new navy netball dresses into the Years 7-9 Intermediate Division.

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Football for Year 7 students12 February

All Year 7 students who are thinking about playing football this year are invited to come along.

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News from APFACTS12 February

News from APFACTS this week.

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Lions Youth of the Year Award6 February

The Lions Youth of the Year award program will be coming up soon and is a great opportunity for Senior School students to demonstrate their skills in academic attainment, leadership, citizenship and community involvement, personality, sportsmanship and public speaking.

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News from Action Buses6 February

News from Action Buses.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY, CGGS FAMILY & FRIENDS' SERVICE

9.30am, Chapel of the Annunciation, Senior School. Come and get ready for the build up to Easter (there will be food involved) and the Senior Chapel Choir will perform. Service duration: 40 minutes.

TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 9TH CANBERRA GIRLS' BRIGADE COME AND TRY NIGHT

6-7.30pm, St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Hall, Forrest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.