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16 - 20 March 2015
On Wednesday 18 March, five Senior School students shaved their heads for the World’s Greatest Shave, raising more than $11,000 for Leukaemia Foundation.

Canberra Girls Grammar School shaves for a cure

On Wednesday 18 March, five Senior School students shaved their heads for the World’s Greatest Shave, raising more than $11,000 for Leukaemia Foundation.

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From the Principal

I am writing this week’s message in Japan. Over the next few days our Director of Curriculum, Heidi Vellnagel and I are visiting Tokyo, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

We will be meeting prospective parents and their daughters who are thinking of joining our Boarding House and we will also hold Receptions for alumni and past parents. The CGGS community is a wide reaching one and this is a real strength that can benefit every member of our community. The IB organisation has a good phrase for this—'International Mindedness'.

Our students are growing up in a world that is no longer bound by distance or culture and it's an advantage to learn in an environment that reflects that every day. We have 55 countries represented in our student body, giving the School a richness and flavour which promotes learning and understanding. We embrace this and recognise it as a strength.

Today, our 'International Mindedness' will be celebrated in Harmony Day. Students wear National dress and we can see for ourselves the vibrant colours and styles that weave through our school community. A visual metaphor of our modern global society.

Anne Coutts
Principal

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The Irish have a proverb, "We live in the shelter of each other," meaning that caring for each other is what communities do. A similar sentiment is expressed in the African saying, “I am because we are.” The sense of reaching out to others was very evident in a number of ways around the School this week.

Five Year 12 students participated in the World’s Greatest Shave on Wednesday and their fundraising efforts were really quite amazing. Another group of students were preparing for Relay for Life and the School community participated in Harmony Day activities. Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Our School Vice Captain, Larissa Woosup, spoke beautifully at the full school Assembly about Closing the Gap Day. Larissa spoke about equal access to healthcare being a basic human right yet in Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are dying 10–17 years younger than other Australians. Larissa noted that health equality is everyone’s business and we must continue to work together to ensure Indigenous health equality becomes a reality by 2030. Larissa is a fine example of how young people are at the forefront of this movement for change, they can see it’s their generation that is critical to maintaining momentum and creating long-awaited change.

Following my email yesterday, a reminder that the School will operate our normal teaching and learning programs on Monday 27 April, the first day of Term 2.  All other Anglican Schools in the ACT will also be open. 

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Junior School

The Outdoor Education Program and the experiences for each year level in the Junior School provides a sequential and suitably challenging program for students throughout the Junior School.

Over the last weeks each student in Years 3-6 has attended camp and engaged in activities that aim to promote and develop skills in resilience, independence, risk-taking and leadership to name but a few key outcomes.

Camps at Jindabyne (Year 3), Borambola (Year 4), Cooba (Year 5) and Collaroy (Year 6) were all undertaken with success, led by experienced outdoor educators from the various centres and our own dedicated CGGS staff.  No doubt many parents have heard stories of great achievement and the successes when overcoming challenges or fears. Depending on the camp involved, activities have included archery, low ropes, hiking, Dirt buggies, mountain bikes, flying fox, giant swing, kayaking, orienteering, rock-climbing and abseiling. Year 6, just this week, have even had a surfing lesson.

Particularly pleasing has been the positive comments made about our students by the staff at all the camps. As we have become more familiar with the staff at the various venues, they look forward to our visit each year and comment that they appreciate that our students are willing to try all the activities and bring with them an enthusiasm and passion for learning in the outdoor environment.

Preparation at school for camps involves quite a deal of effort and resources; liaison with the outdoor education experts and organisation of the respective venues, planning the most suitable programs, staffing, indemnity forms and the like. We regard our outdoor education program as a compulsory and therefore very important, part of the curriculum because of the involvement with the environment, the applied learning, the physical challenges and the teamwork it fosters—none of which can be achieved to the same extent at school.

In this world of the 21st century the highly sheltered and materially protective environment we provide our children can be a mixed blessing. We do want our children to have the best we can provide for them. And we want them to be protected from dangers and from fear and sense of danger. We do not want them put into harm’s way. This is a conundrum because equally we want and need our children to be resilient and to be able to successfully leap life’s hurdles.

In the camp environment our students are exposed to increasing physical and social challenges in a controlled and supported environment. The Outdoor Education Program at CGGS gradually increases the expectations and the exposure to physical and social challenges as the students move through the School and are vital for our students as there are some things you just cannot learn in the classroom. Our ‘camps’ change from the overnight sleepover at school in Year 2 to the catered camps in cabin accommodation and finally to those experienced by the older girls where home comforts are not part of the experience at all.  In addition to the first hand appreciation of our environment, the land care, bush craft and camping skills add to our students’ skills and capacity for resourcefulness and students get to test the limits of their physical endurance. They learn so much more about themselves and each other in the process.

It is particularly satisfying to hear students reflect on what they have learned whilst participating in their respective camps. Each student should be congratulated on how she has overcome some anxiety or even fear. Each student has each in her own way grown in resilience and in confidence about her capacity to manage her own life independently and successfully.

PHOTO: Year 6 enjoying camp.

STAFF ACHIEVEMENT

Mrs Meghan Scougall is a new member of staff in the Junior School, teaching Year 5.  It has been recently announced that she has won the Australian Council of Educational Leaders Prize for the outstanding final year Teacher Education student displaying leadership potential.  At CGGS we have been delighted to secure Mrs Scougall as a member of our dedicated and highly skilled teaching team. Meghan will receive her award from ACEL in the near future.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

 

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From the Director of Co-Curriculum

Parent-teacher interviews for the Senior School.

The Parent-teacher interviews for the Senior School are scheduled for Wednesday 1 April, Tuesday 7 April and Thursday 9 April. The teachers will be available from 4pm–8pm on each of those days.

These interviews provide an opportunity to talk to your daughter’s teachers about her progress, to ask questions about her courses and to share useful information to assist with optimising her learning opportunities.

Parents make appointments to see teachers through an online booking system (Parent teacher Online). Details about how to use the booking system will be posted on Canvas and parents/guardians will also receive an email with a reminder about the interviews and booking process.

Please note that the booking system will not be available to parents until 6pm on Wednesday 25 March.

David Blue
Director of Co-Curriculum

NEWS

CGGS rowers came away ACT champions in six events.

1st VIII: trophy winners at the ACT Rowing Championships

CGGS rowers came away ACT champions in six events.

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On Sunday 15 March, seven CGGS students were presented with scholarships at the Podmore Foundation’s Scholarship Presentation Lunch.

Podmore Foundation 2015 Scholarship Presentation 19 March

On Sunday 15 March, seven CGGS students were presented with scholarships at the Podmore Foundation’s Scholarship Presentation Lunch.

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Earlier in the month, 43 boarders participated in the YMCA Women and Girls Fun Run.

CGGS Boarders win biggest team at the YMCA Women and Girls Fun Run17 March

Earlier in the month, 43 boarders participated in the YMCA Women and Girls Fun Run.

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On Saturday 14 March, the Canberra Grammar Schools squad converged at Grevillea Park for a 500m regatta.

Season best for the Mixed A team18 March

On Saturday 14 March, the Canberra Grammar Schools squad converged at Grevillea Park for a 500m regatta.

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On Monday of Week 8 an Easter competition will commence at the Junior School.

Easter competition fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis18 March

On Monday of Week 8 an Easter competition will commence at the Junior School.

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For our annual foray to another city, the fashion students zipped up to Sydney last Thursday night for two days.

Fashion and Textiles' trip to Sydney19 March

For our annual foray to another city, the fashion students zipped up to Sydney last Thursday night for two days.

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When you purchase a burger at Grill'd, please place your token in the jar marked CGGS Antipodeans Trip.

Grill'd Manuka assists the 2015 Morocco Antipodeans Trip19 March

When you purchase a burger at Grill'd, please place your token in the jar marked CGGS Antipodeans Trip.

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Directly after Assembly on Monday morning, all the students of 6R were busily engaged in completing activities about their preferred learning styles.

Rev'd Harris saves the day18 March

Directly after Assembly on Monday morning, all the students of 6R were busily engaged in completing activities about their preferred learning styles.

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The Sports Committee in the Junior School has started a running club for interested students.

Sports Committee's Running Club17 March

The Sports Committee in the Junior School has started a running club for interested students.

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Now in its fourth year, Access All Areas is an expo for all our music ensembles, to showcase the whole program in one afternoon.

Access All Areas 20155 March

Now in its fourth year, Access All Areas is an expo for all our music ensembles, to showcase the whole program in one afternoon.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements as at 20 March 18 March

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarians' News this week.

Grammarians' News19 March

Grammarians' News this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

School Shop News19 March

The change over into winter uniform commences at the beginning of Term 2.

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Letter for Students and Parents about the 2015 House Swimming Carnival12 March

The following is information about the House Swimming Carnival for all Year 7-12 students on Wednesday 25 March.

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News from APFACTS19 March

News from APFACTS.

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MRS COUTTS IS IN JAPAN

Principal Anne Coutts and Director of Curriculum Heidi Vellnagel pictured at the AEAS Boarding Schools Expo in Tokyo this week.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

WODEN BROWNIES

The Woden Brownie Unit has spaces open for girls interested in participating in Girl Guides. Girls attending range in age from 6 till 10. We meet on a Monday at the Garran Scout Hall, Kitchener St, Garran (next to oval) from 5.30pm till 7pm during term time. What will the girls get? She will enjoy a weekly meeting during the school term with girls in her age group. Meetings combine games, outdoor activities, craft, cooking, environment awareness and more, including camping, all tailored to her age and experience. There’s also the chance to meet other girls at local, state and national events, help people in her community and train in boating and other outdoor skills. Contact Toni Gwynn-Jones, Girls Guides ACT & South East NSW Region on 0412 880 894 or wodendistrictgirlguides@gmail.com. Link here for more information.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW SCHOOLS ART PROJECT

2pm-5pm, Sunday 22 March, Turner School hall, Condamine Street, Turner. Our School is one of over 50 ACT Schools participating in the Right Here Right Now project with the ACT Children & Young People Commissioner to celebrate children’s rights and the 25thanniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Commissioner is seeking volunteers (parents, family and friends) for two Sunday afternoon sessions to help with attaching the self-portraits to large cardboard sheets so that they can be easily assembled onsite. This is an easy and enjoyable process, and refreshments will be provided. If you, or anyone you know can help out for an hour or two, please contact Gabrielle at the ACT Human Rights Commission on 6205 2222 or 0411 434 584. Link here for more information.

SATURDAY 28 MARCH, PCYC FAMILY FUN NIGHT

5-7pm, PCYC Erindale, Erindale Shops. The event is to get local families together as a meet and greet as well as for them to get to know the local police and program on offer at the PCYC. It is an all ages event and will be free entry and food. Link here for more information.

TUESDAY 14-FRIDAY 17 APRIL, CHILDREN'S THEATRE CAMP

9am-3pm, Drama Centre, Canberra Girls Grammar School, Senior Campus. Open to students from 7 to 12 years from all schools. 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