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8 - 12 June 2015
Our brand new combined CGGS & CGS Parents & Friends Associations' Magical Winter Ball is generating excitement right across both school communities.

Have you booked your tickets to the Magical Winter Ball?

Our brand new combined CGGS & CGS Parents & Friends Associations' Magical Winter Ball is generating excitement right across both school communities.

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From the Principal

It’s our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

- JK Rowling

How do you make choices? Toss a coin, write a list of pros and cons, phone a friend, let someone else decide, call a meeting, pray, think it through?

It is always interesting helping our students to make choices. Some find it difficult to choose a course of action because they are concerned about the consequences, others make a quick decision without thinking at all about what happens next.

I had a Principal colleague who talked to students regularly about that moment of decision, about making good choices and bad choices. He would even take them back to the place and time that their behaviour had been inappropriate or where they had not met a deadline or where they had lost their temper and say, "How would you make that choice differently now?” This approach worked well; it was clear, simple and made students think.

Making choices is difficult, for adults and students alike. It pays to have those honest conversations with our children, to talk them through the decision making process and to give them clear values to illuminate those decisions. I will finish (as I sometimes do) with a short story.

A mother repeatedly called for her son to get out of bed and get ready for school. “I feel sick," came the voice from the bedroom. "You are not sick, get up and get ready," replied the mother. "I hate school and I’m not going," said the voice from the bedroom. "I’m always getting things wrong, making mistakes and getting told off. Nobody likes me and I’ve got no friends."

"I’m sorry," said the mother, encouragingly. "Dealing with our mistakes is how we grow and develop. I can’t believe nobody likes you, I’m sure you have lots of friends. All of this experience at school is useful for life in general. Besides, you have no choice, you have to go, you are the Principal after all."

Anne Coutts
Principal

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From the Head of Senior School

The Intermediate Quartet, led by our Conductor Lim Hur, will be performing at the Goodwin Retirement Centre at the weekend.

The students, Donica Tran (Year 10), Yi An Lai (Year 10), Nicole Wang (Year 9) and Annabel Mulcahy (Year 8) are to be congratulated on their generosity of spirit in setting a great example of service for others.

Albert Schweitzer, the great thinker from the last century, said it this way: "I don’t know what your destiny will be but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Service at CGGS is evident on a daily basis with contributions being made in families, friendship groups, tutor groups, in the School community and like the Goodwin Retirement Centre, in our local community. We wish all musicians and staff attending the Combined Schools Music Festival in Melbourne next week a safe and successful trip.

Our senior students have begun their testing week in a very settled and committed fashion. The testing week will finish next Tuesday, 16 June, with score checking and then classes will resume for the seniors on Wednesday 17 June. On Tuesday we began a discussion with Year 7 and Year 8 about an ‘Induction DVD’ for new students to the School, particularly for Year 7 students new to CGGS in 2016. In second semester, we will invite students to volunteer to participate in a production group. A number of suggested themes emerged from their discussions: Always say something in class – voice your opinions; Don’t leave your homework or procrastinate; Don’t lose your diary; Keep your locker clear; Recess is short - use your time wisely; Check Canvas; Make friends (also keep old ones); Revise frequently instead of doing it the night before the test; Have fun; Join clubs; find out where all the blocks are eg IT labs and there may be a story behind this one – ‘Don’t disturb seniors when they are studying in the library!’

The messages of congratulations for our Yalari students, on the manner in which they participated at the dinner last week, have continued to arrive. They thoroughly deserve all the good wishes. (Photos under 'News').

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

NEWS

2015 YALARI ANNUAL DINNER, SYDNEY

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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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CGGS Year 10, 11 and 12 students attended ANU Asia-Pacific Day last week.

Students attend ANU Asia-Pacific Day11 June

CGGS Year 10, 11 and 12 students attended ANU Asia-Pacific Day last week.

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CGGS played in the local tournament of the hotly contested Kate Tominac Cup recently.

Basketball: Kate Tominac Cup10 June

CGGS played in the local tournament of the hotly contested Kate Tominac Cup recently.

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Will you be in London on Monday 13 July?

Calling all our CGGS community members in the UK!19 June

Will you be in London on Monday 13 July?

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 12 June10 June

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarians' news this week.

Grammarians' News11 June

Grammarians' news this week.

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CGGS Awesome Activities Holiday Program10 June

The CGGS Awesome Activities Holiday Program is back for the upcoming school holidays.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHICKENPOX AT THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

A case of chickenpox has been reported to the Junior School recently in Year 1. This is particularly important to students (or their siblings) who may have immune problems. Please contact the Junior School on 6202 6411 if you have any concerns. 

APFACTS news10 June

News from APFACTS this week.

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Music Department Stocktake4 June

The Music Department is currently undertaking a stocktake of our musical instruments.

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The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

Entertainment books are back!8 April

The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

29 JUNE - 2 JULY,  ACTING ANTICS ACTING & THEATRE CAMP, CGGS SENIOR SCHOOL

Audition, rehearse & perform a fully costumed play in 4 days! Every student gets a role with dialogue! Fabulous costumes! Link here for more information.

4 JULY, MEET AUTHORS GRAEME BASE AND GARY CREW, NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE

Link here for more information.

11-12 JULY, YOUTH MENTAL FIRST AID COURSE (FREE FOR PARENTS OF TEENS)

9am-5pm, Youth Coalition of the ACT, Clianthus Street, O'Connor. Cost is $250. If any are parents of teens, they can do it for free by signing up for the 'Training Parents of Teens' study being undertaken by the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. Link here for more information. More information on the course can be found athttps://mhfa.com.au/courses/public/types/youth. To enrol people can email Robin Duffrobinduff099@gmail.com

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