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2 - 6 March 2015
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 2015

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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From the Chair of the School Board

One of the most important roles for the School Board is to appoint a Principal. I am very pleased to inform you that the Board has just re-appointed Mrs Anne Coutts as Principal of CGGS until the end of 2020.

Since her initial appointment in 2011, Mrs Coutts has been most effective as Principal. Her leadership of the staff and students is strong. The School has a reputation as the pre-eminent school for girls in the region. It is well-respected and well known for its excellent results and its support for our diverse, yet cohesive School community. Student numbers, both for day and boarding students, remain consistently strong. Parent and staff surveys show overall satisfaction and ongoing contentment with the School.

The Board has just finalised a new five-year Strategic Plan to guide development and implementation of a number of exciting projects and developments. We look forward to working together with Mrs Coutts and the staff to bring them to reality in the coming years.

Belinda Moss
Chair of the School Board

From the Principal

This time last week we were launching our new digital platform Canvas. Since then we have had over 1300 logins which shows that parents are accessing this resource immediately.

PHOTO: The Canvas button is located in the top right-hand corner of the School website.

 

Parent feedback so far has been positive, you are finding Canvas easier to navigate and more intuitive than Studywiz. You are also appreciating the clarity and flexibility of diary entries.

One area of concern from a few parents has arisen over the buttons for Facebook, LinkedIn etc. Please be assured that these buttons are simply for you to select how you prefer to get notifications from the School. None of the data within Canvas can be accessed through Facebook etc, you can only login with your secure password through the Canvas portal. Any information within Canvas is secure and can not be seen by anyone but you as a parent. If you haven't received the information regarding accessing Canvas last week please contact e-Learning Coordinator, Eric Roussel eric.roussel@cggs.act.edu.au

I am pleased that the School Board has offered me a new contract which will enable me to stay at CGGS to continue to make some of our plans for the future reality. I have very much enjoyed being part of the School community and working in beautiful Canberra. I look forward to the School's continued progress over the next few years.

I will be in Hong Kong and Tokyo later this month and if you also happen to be in the area, it would be wonderful to see you at my Reception for the CGGS community in Asia. Please refer to the invitations in this Weekly Update under 'News' and contact Community Relations on communityrelations@cggs.act.edu.au for more information. 

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

Last weekend, our Women's Dragon Boat Team won the 18–24 years final at the Chinese New Year Regatta held at Darling Harbour on Saturday.

They had combined, earlier in the day, with CGS to win the mixed title and our second crew also reached the final in both events. The Chinese New Year Regatta is second only to the Australian Championships in attendance and standard of competition.

What struck me, in preparing to comment on the achievements of both our teams, was how reporting on the results, while important, so often does not do justice to the participants and their journey to a moment of achievement. Vanessa Ma, our 2014 Dux, spoke so beautifully earlier in the year about her family's support and the 'secret' to her success. The secret, for Vanessa, was not some extraordinary regime. It was in that she had chosen subjects she enjoyed, she worked to the best of her ability on each task and involved herself as much as she could in the life of the School—an insight into her journey over Year 11 and Year 12. In the relative simplicity of her approach was the powerful message for the current students.

The dragon boating successes were well-deserved and the crews can look to the Australian Championships, soon to be held in Perth, with confidence. The real story was about the importance of community reflected in the literally hundreds of competitors from an extraordinary range of towns and cities—coastal and rural from far and wide. The competitors also ranged in age from our crew of Year 11 and Year 12 students to the 'Grand Master' category.

The enthusiasm of family and friends supporting the efforts of their representatives was so warm and genuine. The need to be connected to a community and enjoy the ups and downs of the competitive moment was the real success of the event I felt. I see that same sense of community evident in the warmth of the CGGS environment.

Assessment task due dates are starting to arrive. I would encourage parents and guardians to keep talking to your daughter or daughters about what task is coming up and how they are going with their studies—the continual dialogue is so important. Having said that I believe the long weekend is an opportunity for family time, study time and a balance of leisure time.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

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From the Head of Junior School

Ngwao Letshwao performs for the Junior School.

CGGS is very proud of our community, and we comprise people who come from all parts of the world. With this comes a highly valued diversity and the offer of rich learning about cultures and traditions.  We had such an opportunity this week. The Junior School was privileged to have renowned Botswana dance group, Ngwao Letshwao perform on Monday morning in an energetic and exciting start to the week! 

Initiated by Ms Oratile Khama, who works for the Botswana High Commission and is also a member of our school community (and the mum of one of our students), the cultural performance included various ethnic dances of the different tribes in Botswana, as well as traditional musical instruments.

Students at all levels were enthralled and keen to participate in the dance moves, singing and clapping. We were delighted that so many from the High Commission came along, including the High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Molosiwa Selepeng.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

NEWS

CGGS dragon boat team wins the final of the Women's category.

Top finish at the Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Regatta

CGGS dragon boat team wins the final of the Women's category.

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At the weekend, 40 Year 10 students gave up part of their Sunday afternoon to participate in the St Vincent de Paul’s Doorknock Appeal.

40 students doorknock for the St Vincent de Paul Society5 March

At the weekend, 40 Year 10 students gave up part of their Sunday afternoon to participate in the St Vincent de Paul’s Doorknock Appeal.

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Three teams competed in the futsal finals on Tuesday night.

Grammar Goldfish on top at the futsal finals5 March

Three teams competed in the futsal finals on Tuesday night.

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The CGGS U12s Red Team played a hard fought indoor hockey grand final against Tuggeranong on Wednesday night.

CGGS U12s Red Team: runners-up in indoor hockey grand final5 March

The CGGS U12s Red Team played a hard fought indoor hockey grand final against Tuggeranong on Wednesday night.

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Coaches and senior rowers had their annual Head of the River dinner at the Shed on Wednesday night.

Senior rowers' annual Head of the River dinner5 March

Coaches and senior rowers had their annual Head of the River dinner at the Shed on Wednesday night.

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Three students fought hard at the ACT Schools Tennis Tournament recently.

Tallulah wins the ACT Schools Tennis Tournament5 March

Three students fought hard at the ACT Schools Tennis Tournament recently.

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Year 6 Defence students were invited to attend the Battle of Sunda Strait Commemoration Service at the Australian War Memorial last Friday.

CGGS attends the Battle of Sunda Strait Commemoration Service5 March

Year 6 Defence students were invited to attend the Battle of Sunda Strait Commemoration Service at the Australian War Memorial last Friday.

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Year 12 Business Studies students learn about how implementing ethical business practices can enhance a business.

Year 12 business students enjoy a plate of bacon and ethics4 March

Year 12 Business Studies students learn about how implementing ethical business practices can enhance a business.

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The Environment Club has got off to a flying start at the beginning of this year, under our very first Captain Clea Porteous-Borthwick.

The Environment Club gets busy5 March

The Environment Club has got off to a flying start at the beginning of this year, under our very first Captain Clea Porteous-Borthwick.

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We are delighted to invite you to a special Reception for our Canberra Girls Grammar School community in Hong Kong.

You're invited: CGGS Hong Kong reception4 March

We are delighted to invite you to a special Reception for our Canberra Girls Grammar School community in Hong Kong.

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We are delighted to invite you to a special Reception for our Canberra Girls Grammar School community in Tokyo.

You're invited: CGGS Japan Reception3 March

We are delighted to invite you to a special Reception for our Canberra Girls Grammar School community in Tokyo.

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On Wednesday 25 February, the Co-curricular Expo was held at lunchtime in the School hall.

20 clubs and 17 sports participated in the 2015 Co-curricular Expo4 March

On Wednesday 25 February, the Co-curricular Expo was held at lunchtime in the School hall.

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13 Junior School football players had the honour of being player escorts at the AFC Asian Cup.

Player escorts at the AFC Asian Cup5 March

13 Junior School football players had the honour of being player escorts at the AFC Asian Cup.

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Recently, the students of Commerce were thanked by Days for Girls International for their fundraising efforts late last year.

Days for Girls International thanks CGGS students5 March

Recently, the students of Commerce were thanked by Days for Girls International for their fundraising efforts late last year.

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Last Wednesday morning, eight Year 10 students participated in the Gift of Life DonateLife Walk.

Year 10 friends participate in the Gift of Life Walk3 March

Last Wednesday morning, eight Year 10 students participated in the Gift of Life DonateLife Walk.

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Grammarians' News this week.

Grammarians' News5 March

Grammarians' News this week.

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Grammar Report #100 celebrates ‘Tradition’ at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

The latest Grammar Report is out now24 February

Grammar Report #100 celebrates ‘Tradition’ at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

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1 January

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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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News from APFACTS5 March

The latest newsletter from APFACTS this week.

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Soccer Trials26 February

For those interested in playing this season which commences in Week 1 of Term 2.

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Death Cap Mushroom Warning from ACT Health26 February

Do not touch, pick or eat any wild mushrooms!

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW SCHOOLS ART PROJECT

2pm-5pm, Sunday 15 and 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 14 MARCH, CGGS ROWING CLUB'S ANNUAL FUN-RAISER

6pm, Senior School Hall. CGGS Rowing's annual trivia and auction night is back. The theme this year is Hawaiian and non-rowing friends are welcome. Tickets are $15 per person. 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.

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