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Year 5 Drama Club presents the Wizard of Oz

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From the Principal

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

- George Eliot

Mary Anne Evans (born 22 November 1819) was an English novelist, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Even when she was very young, she was obviously intelligent and a voracious reader. Her family doubted that she would marry as she was not considered to be physically beautiful. Her father, being far-sighted and unusual for his generation decided to invest in education for Mary Ann that was not usually accorded to women. Even so, her formal education ended at age sixteen. However, her father was manager of a large estate in England called The Arbury Hall Estate and Mary Ann was allowed access to the library there and, self-motivated as she was, continued her education by reading through this extensive library.

The story of her life makes interesting reading. She became involved with a group of free thinkers who challenged her views, especially her views on religion. Her personal life became unorthodox and in some ways radical. In 1850, Mary Ann (who began to be known as Marian) moved to London and became editor of a literary magazine The Westminster Review.

Although women writers were common at the time, to have a female editor of a literary magazine was quite unusual. Marian was still considered to be unattractive to look at. Henry James (another famous author) said, “She had a low forehead, a dull grey eye, a vast pendulous nose, a huge mouth full of uneven teeth…. now in this vast ugliness resides a most powerful beauty which, in a very few minutes, steals forth and charms the mind, so that you end, as I ended, falling in love with her. Yes, behold me, in love with this great horse-faced bluestocking.”

Marion resolved to be a novelist and wrote a number of books that are studied across the world by students today. Most of you will have read at least one of them; Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner and Middlemarch are among the most well-known. Marian published under the pen-name George Eliot because she wanted her novels to be taken seriously and felt they wouldn’t be if she was known to be a female writer.

I was taken with the quote that I started this piece with as Marion lived by that aim; to be the person she could be, no matter the hurdles before her or how unusual her dreams were for that time.

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

Two memorable events have been held in recognition and celebration of Reconciliation Week.

Mr Martin Laverty, CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, addressed the school assembly. His focus was on the involvement of the RFDS in regional and remote communities with particular reference to the disparity in health outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous communities. He also spoke passionately about the importance of inclusivity in all aspects of Australian life for all members of the community. The values that include forgiveness, reconciliation and inclusion unite, challenge and inspire us as a community.

On Wednesday night in Sydney, Larissa Woosup, Vice Captain, two Year 11 students, Mia Hodges and Lyric Hearn and I attended the 10th Yalari Annual Dinner. Our three students had prominent roles in this celebration of indigenous education. Mr Waverley Stanley began the scholarship program 10 years ago after reflecting on how a telephone call from his Year 6 teacher, Mrs Burton, to Toowoomba Grammar School changed his life. She asked could a little boy from Murgon in Queensland be given an opportunity. There are now 178 scholarship holders across 28 boarding schools across Australia.

Larissa was the first of our students to play a significant part in the evening receiving from guests Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin the Yalari Senior Student Acknowledgement Award for Leadership. Lyric who had the task of delivering the keynote address for the evening was introduced by Mia. Lyric, a descendant of the Gurang Gurang and Binthi-Warra tribes of the North Queensland region, gave one, if not the most powerful speech by a school student, I can remember. One of fifteen children, she talked of her own family, particularly the generational experiences of the women in her life. She spoke of her own doubts about "really deserving the scholarship" and her growing into understanding how her life will be different because of the CGGS and the scholarship. The CGGS community is enormously proud of the three students.

Congratulations to the students who participated in the recent music and drama performances and finally best wishes to all students for the upcoming testing weeks.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

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From the Director of Pastoral Care

This week, members of the Safe School Committee attended Australian of The Year 2015, Rosie Batty's address at the National Press Club. 

Rosie presented, 'Stopping Violence Before it Happens'. Discussion involved the role of the media in influencing national conversations and initiatives for the prevention and response to domestic violence.

During question time, Lucy Flood (Year 12) asked, “What is the main message you would give to young men and women to prevent them from becoming perpetrators and victims in the future?”

Other participants commented about the impact Rosie’s address has made on their thinking:

"Moving presentation with empowering, hopeful messages. Addressing the general public, youth, media and government. Articulation of issues often brushed under the rug." -Ellen.

"Empowering speech with a very big emotional impact. Informative and had a strong emphasis on how to promote anti-domestic violence." -Belle.

"It was incredible to hear such an amazing and passionate women truly 'speak up' to share her story and raise awareness on such an unacceptable issue in our society. Her speech was truly eye-opening." -Katherine.

"It really brought to my attention the severity of the problem in Australia, especially for the youth. Rosie Batty was an amazing speaker and in incredibly strong woman who is now using her experience to improve things for so many other victims." -Daniella.

Katherine Flint, Belle Hocking, Ellen Thurlow, Rylodain Mina, Daniella Vido, Annabel Laing, Georgina Gilbert and Lucy Flood were empowered by the address and look forward to bringing these issues to a school Assembly. Photos under 'News'.

Jeanette Widmer
Director of Pastoral Care

NEWS

SAFE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETS ROSIE BATTY

CREDIT: Lyn Mills. COURTESY OF The National Press Club of Australia

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On Wednesday 27 May, Canberra Girls Grammar School participated in the annual da Vinci Decathlon.

da Vinci Decathlon: Top Year 7 team4 June

On Wednesday 27 May, Canberra Girls Grammar School participated in the annual da Vinci Decathlon.

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Four CGGS students performed at the Canberra String Festival at the weekend.

Canberra String Festival4 June

Four CGGS students performed at the Canberra String Festival at the weekend.

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On Monday 1 June the second Youth Parliament on Sustainability took place at the ANU.

Senior School Environment Club participates in Youth Parliament on Sustainability 4 June

On Monday 1 June the second Youth Parliament on Sustainability took place at the ANU.

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At the end of May, 32 Year 11 and 12 Business Studies students visited Sydney.

Senior business students investigate motivation4 June

At the end of May, 32 Year 11 and 12 Business Studies students visited Sydney.

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Recently, the Junior School had another visit from the mural artist, Alan Scheepers.

Murals for the Junior School sound wall4 June

Recently, the Junior School had another visit from the mural artist, Alan Scheepers.

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We had 24 students attend the ACT Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo Park on Monday 1 June.

Senior School Cross Country news4 June

We had 24 students attend the ACT Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo Park on Monday 1 June.

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Six CGGS students from Year 5 and Year 6 were selected to play for the South Weston U12 hockey team which competed in the ACT PSSA Under 12 last week.

Under 12 Girls Success at ACT PSSA Hockey4 June

Six CGGS students from Year 5 and Year 6 were selected to play for the South Weston U12 hockey team which competed in the ACT PSSA Under 12 last week.

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Boot Camp success at CGGS!4 June

"It was super fun and a great opportunity to try different types of fitness!" -Amy.

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Six CGGS students competed in the ACT PSSA Under 12 soccer carnival recently.

CGGS competes at ACT soccer carnival3 June

Six CGGS students competed in the ACT PSSA Under 12 soccer carnival recently.

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Highlights and results from the 2015 House Swimming Carnival.

House Swimming Carnival 2015 Results3 June

Highlights and results from the 2015 House Swimming Carnival.

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CGGS had a visit by the Assistant International Baccalaureate Diploma Manager Avalokita (Avi) Nanda, from Singapore recently.

IB visit3 June

CGGS had a visit by the Assistant International Baccalaureate Diploma Manager Avalokita (Avi) Nanda, from Singapore recently.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 5 June3 June

Congratulations to the following students.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Music Department Stocktake4 June

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

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To avoid struggling home with a heavy backpack full of enormous textbooks, please remember that most textbooks and language workbooks come with an electronic version (online or CD).

Message from the Senior School Library4 June

To avoid struggling home with a heavy backpack full of enormous textbooks, please remember that most textbooks and language workbooks come with an electronic version (online or CD).

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News from APFACTS4 June

APFACTS news this week.

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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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INDEPENDENT LEARNING SHOWCASE

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MOTET CHOIR AT THE commemoration of the 70th anniversary of The Sandakan Death Marches

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Year 7/10 Japanese students and 7/8 Mandarin students enjoy a Japanese Taiko Drum performance

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Almost $1800 raised for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Junior School staff, Senior School staff and Waverley House held morning teas for the Cancer Council recently

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 at https://mhfa.com.au/courses/public/types/youth. To enrol people can email Robin Duff robinduff099@gmail.com

13-15 JULY, DRAMA WORKSHOP WITH GYTON GRANTLEY, CGGS SENIOR SCHOOL

NIDA Graduate Olivia Simone and 'Off the Beaten Track' are returning to Canberra again for the July school holidays to run a workshop in acting, singing, dancing to camera workshops with Gyton Grantley. 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