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27 - 31 July 2015
Our Year 7/8 team wins the Capital Football High School Futsal Cup 2015.

Year 7/8 team: futsal champions

Our Year 7/8 team wins the Capital Football High School Futsal Cup 2015.

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From the Principal

What makes you cross? However even tempered we are, there is always something that ‘presses our buttons’.

For me, I get heated when people are not honest, when they are economical with the truth. I have heard many excuses over the years—some of them quite elaborate.

“Well you see Mrs Coutts, I couldn’t give my homework in yesterday. No, I haven’t got my book today. You see my bag was on the floor in the kitchen and our new puppy took my chemistry work out of it. He chewed it a bit, it wasn’t too bad but mum decided she would mop it a bit to take the saliva off. The cloth she used was a bit too wet and the paper got soggy and the words began to run. So my mum put it in the oven to dry it off but it was too hot and the pages turned brown. You couldn’t read it at all then, so I threw it away. But I have done it, honest.”

Now that might be true, but we would have to see the burnt, soggy work to be sure. On the other hand, how refreshing to have someone say, “I’m sorry Mrs Coutts, it is my fault I should have done it and I haven’t.”

Of course, the work still needs to be done, but it’s very much easier to have a fresh start when faults or things left undone are admitted. That paves the way for a solution to the problem.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

- Benjamin Franklin

And oftentimes excusing of a fault – doth make the fault worse by the excuse.

- William Shakespeare

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

This week we welcomed two visiting groups of students from Japan.

One group is staying in the Boarding House with a view to possibly taking up boarding in 2016. At a High Tea, held last Sunday afternoon for the first time in the Boarding House, senior boarding captains Helen Johnson and Mandy Ho welcomed our visitors. Our thanks to the staff Jane Doherty, Taneal Proctor and the catering staff for the organisation of the afternoon tea.

The sense of community and welcoming laughter by the boarders present reminded me again of the importance and strength of community. Walter Wright in an article entitled ‘Relational Leadership’, responded to how a strong sense of belonging to a community is at the heart of building resilience in the following:

Okay, what about, “Thank God it’s Monday!” What would it take for people to look forward to Mondays? I want three things out of Monday. 1) community – group of people where we belong, where we can enjoy relationships of friendship, where we share a common vision. 2) a place where we can make a contribution – where skills, interests and competence that we have can contribute something to the larger world – where who we are has value that is needed. 3) a place where we can continue to grow and learn – where we are taken seriously and encouraged to grow – where we have opportunity to learn and develop – both our ability to contribute and our ability to live life fully.

I would invite parents and guardians to reflect on your respective places of work and does a sense of the above community, contribution and opportunity to grow and learn occur? I certainly hope that it is the case.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

CALENDARS ON CANVAS

On Tuesday 4 August, two new calendars will be 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

For the first time in the history of the STARS program, the team will be using the data collected and processed by our students.

Big Bang Theory Club visits Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communication Complex

For the first time in the history of the STARS program, the team will be using the data collected and processed by our students.

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Congratulations to Year 11 students Nicki Flannery, Olivia Fogarty and Georgia Boric who have received full scholarships with the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) for football.

Soccer scholarships for Nicki, Olivia and Georgia30 July

Congratulations to Year 11 students Nicki Flannery, Olivia Fogarty and Georgia Boric who have received full scholarships with the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) for football.

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What a great day our three CGGS Netball teams had on Wednesday at the annual ASC Netball Carnival at Lyneham Indoor Courts.

Top spot for our Year 11/12 team at the ASC Netball Carnival30 July

What a great day our three CGGS Netball teams had on Wednesday at the annual ASC Netball Carnival at Lyneham Indoor Courts.

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Last weekend, Team Ohana had their first training weekend in preparation for their trip at the end of this year.

Antipodeans trip to Birragai30 July

Last weekend, Team Ohana had their first training weekend in preparation for their trip at the end of this year.

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At 5.15am on the morning of Monday 22 June, a group of 10 students were ready for our Duke of Edinburgh expedition to the Jatbula Trail in the Nitmiluk National Park.

Duke of Edinburgh expedition to the Jatbula Trail 29 July

At 5.15am on the morning of Monday 22 June, a group of 10 students were ready for our Duke of Edinburgh expedition to the Jatbula Trail in the Nitmiluk National Park.

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There are a number of exciting events happening this term.

Music News30 July

There are a number of exciting events happening this term.

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The following students have recently completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards: Maddie Lebang (Year 12), Chloe Thoo (Year 11), Julia Cronan (Year 11) and Evie Wilkins (Year 11).

Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards for 4 students28 July

The following students have recently completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards: Maddie Lebang (Year 12), Chloe Thoo (Year 11), Julia Cronan (Year 11) and Evie Wilkins (Year 11).

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In Week 1 of our new term, the Year 6 classes jumped into their Exhibition inquiry with gusto.

Year 6 technology discovery29 July

In Week 1 of our new term, the Year 6 classes jumped into their Exhibition inquiry with gusto.

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19 art and textiles students from Years 10 to 12 set off to Paris for the 2015 Art and Textiles Tour of Europe.

Europe Art and Textiles Tour 201528 July

19 art and textiles students from Years 10 to 12 set off to Paris for the 2015 Art and Textiles Tour of Europe.

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The Safe School Committee warmly invites you to its 2015 Father and Daughter/Son Breakfast.

2015 Annual Father Daughter/Son Breakfast9 June

The Safe School Committee warmly invites you to its 2015 Father and Daughter/Son Breakfast.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 31 July28 July

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarian Nipuni Wijewickrema (2010) has recently been named a semi-finalist for the 2015 Australian Women's Weekly Qantas Women of the Future Awards.

Grammarians' news31 July

Grammarian Nipuni Wijewickrema (2010) has recently been named a semi-finalist for the 2015 Australian Women's Weekly Qantas Women of the Future Awards.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Visitors from Nagoya Women’s University High School 

Welcome to our visitors from Nagoya Women’s University High School who are visiting the School this week from Japan. They are enjoying doing ESL lessons, visiting some classes and local Canberra attractions and experiencing everyday Australian life thanks to the hospitality of their host families.

TEACHERS vs STUDENTS RELAY 

Students were victorious! A bit of fun ahead of the House Athletics Carnival next week. PHOTO: Back row, Tilly Hammond (Year 12), Vanessa Ryan (Year 11), Jaymie Wong-See (Year 11), Jenny Hall, Kylie Hughes and Amer Salman. Front, Kate Turner (Year 12). Absent from photo: Peter Milligan.

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 visit www.wodenseniors.org.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