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27 April - 1 May 2015
Canberra Girls Grammar School celebrated the 6th annual Whole School Fun Run at Stromlo Forest Park on the final Friday of Term 1.

2015 Whole School Fun Run

Canberra Girls Grammar School celebrated the 6th annual Whole School Fun Run at Stromlo Forest Park on the final Friday of Term 1.

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From the Principal

I found it very moving to watch the Dawn Services and the Sydney march marking the Centenary of Anzac Day.

It was a clear demonstration that Australians value the sacrifice our service men and women have made for their country, both then and now. Canberra gave a strong message, with a third of the population, 128,000 attending our Dawn Service. At school we have held services in the Junior School and the Senior School. You can read a Senior School Defence student's account of this in the Weekly Update.

Anzac Day has made me think about moral courage. This is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences. We acknowledge that courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to master fear and take action despite feeling fear. Moral courage involves deliberation or careful thought. I do not believe that impulsive or reflex actions can involve moral courage.

We can often see in our young people an innate sense of justice. They are passionate about causes they see as important. Even very young children can express this clearly and succinctly by saying, “It’s not fair!” Maybe this is the beginning of moral courage.

One illustration of moral courage is the story of Rosa Parks in 1955. At that time she lived in Montgomery, Alabama and the segregation of black and white people was firmly in place. Even on a bus, black passengers could not sit where they wanted and had to give their seat up for a white passenger if the bus was full. Rosa was sitting with three black men when white passengers told them to stand. The three men quietly got up and moved to stand at the back, Rosa refused to give up her seat. The driver threatened to call the police, Rosa quietly refused to move. She was arrested. This act of moral courage does not seem to be a big deal to us today, but then black people could be beaten, fired from their jobs or even killed for such actions.

After posting bond to get out of jail, Rosa returned to her church and talked to her new 26 year old Pastor – Martin Luther King Jnr. He led his flock to a bus boycott, known as the Montgomery Improvement Movement. This then led to the founding of the Civil Rights Movement and the rest, as they say, is history. Rosa was a petite, uneducated seamstress, who happened to be black. She had the moral courage to stand against a regime she felt was morally wrong.

As we think of her story and the sacrifice of all those very young men on Anzac Day we have to reflect on the fact that our education and the privilege of our lives here should equip us to find moral courage, to take action against unfairness and inequity in our own community.

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

While Term 2 promises to be a very busy and productive one for the CGGS community we must acknowledge the success of a range of activities during the recent break including the Japan Study Tour.

Our thanks to Heidi Vellnagel, Susan Brennan and Helen Johnson for leading the tour and to the students for the exemplary manner in which they participated. Congratulations also to the Dragon Boating team on the outstanding results at the Nationals held in Perth over the break.  Thanks also to Anna Hyslop for leading the Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the first week of the holidays. Ellina Woodgate, our Debating and Public Speaking Captain, was placed in the top 30 at the World Public Speaking competition held in Hong Kong during the break—a wonderful effort.

This week, we held our Anzac Day Assembly and welcomed back Captain Erin Pederick (2002). Erin, an Army pilot based in Darwin, is currently flying helicopters. She spoke of her story while at CGGS and her journey and decision- making after school. The Assembly was also marked by beautiful singing by the choir led by Melinda Sawers. Our full school Assembly next week will be held on Monday to mark Founders’ Day. The Family and Friends’ Founders’ Day Chapel Service will be held on Sunday 3 May at 9.30am in the School Chapel.

On a different note, the Year 11 (2016) Information Evening is on next Monday evening in the Senior School Hall commencing at 7pm. Link here for more information.

This week I began the first of what will be regular—twice a term morning teas for students who have been the quiet achievers around the School. The staff have been invited to nominate students who have done something important but generally unsung. There were eight nominations for the morning tea this week and the list is growing for our next gathering—great to see. 

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

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From the Head of Junior School

Our return to school this week was particularly poignant as we paused to remember those servicemen and women who have served our country over the years and in many campaigns. 

Marking 100 years since our troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli and the significance of this in our history, the Junior School held an Anzac Day Assembly on Monday.

Captain Nick Stoker from the Royal Australian Navy was invited as the guest speaker and the roles within the assembly were undertaken by students with parents in the defence forces. In a speech, carefully prepared with the audience of young students in mind, Captain Stoker focused on the values we strive for such as comradeship, loyalty and service as we remembered the fallen.

In a special and moving part of proceedings, Isra Eski (Year 5), whose family originates from Turkey, read a piece written by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish army officer who led the resistance to allied forces at Gallipoli in World War I and was later to become the first President of Turkey. Isra presented the flag of the Republic of Turkey that her family has donated to the Junior School.

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours... You the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF TEACHING & LEARNING

This year the  Information Services Faculty have continued with the Accelerated Reading Program introduced to Year 7 English students in 2014.

The aim of the program is not only to encourage a love and interest in reading, but also to provide more structure to the Library Reading lessons and to help with comprehension skills in Year 7 students. Students have been encouraged in their reading lessons to choose books appropriate to their reading levels after which they complete an online reading quiz designed for that particular book. The score in the quiz indicates which level of book which should be read next.

The students also earned points from these quizzes as well as the number of books read, working towards reading rewards and also a prize of a book voucher for each student to achieve one million words.

If you would like more information on the program, feel free to contact me.

Jane O’Brien
Director of Teaching and Learning
jane.obrien@cggs.act.edu.au  

 

NEWS

ANZAC DAY AT THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

CREDIT: Brooke Corkhill (Year 6)

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On Tuesday 28 April, CGGS commemorated the Anzac Day centenary.

Senior School commemorates Anzac centenary

On Tuesday 28 April, CGGS commemorated the Anzac Day centenary.

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Canberra Girls Grammar School's Founders' Day celebrations begin on Sunday.

Founders' Day Family & Friends Chapel Service30 April

Canberra Girls Grammar School's Founders' Day celebrations begin on Sunday.

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1st place for our Women's A crew at the Australian Championships.

Dragon Boating Success in WA30 April

1st place for our Women's A crew at the Australian Championships.

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Year 12 student Claire Paton was one of Mr Milligan's guests at his inaugural Head of Senior School Morning Tea.

Morning Tea with Mr Milligan30 April

Year 12 student Claire Paton was one of Mr Milligan's guests at his inaugural Head of Senior School Morning Tea.

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In the Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) this year, let’s try and create the largest community team!

Almost 200 in the CGGS Mother's Day Classic team2 April

In the Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) this year, let’s try and create the largest community team!

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Year 5 student Jasmine Bagnall spoke at the Legislative Assembly recently as part of Just Sayin'.

Jasmine's Just Sayin'30 April

Year 5 student Jasmine Bagnall spoke at the Legislative Assembly recently as part of Just Sayin'.

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On Monday 27 April, the Year 6 classes were privileged to have two notable Australians visit them to talk about how their passionate actions have made a difference to the lives of others and are shaping the society we live in.

Libby Lloyd AM and Nipuni Wijewickrema (2010) speak to Year 630 April

On Monday 27 April, the Year 6 classes were privileged to have two notable Australians visit them to talk about how their passionate actions have made a difference to the lives of others and are shaping the society we live in.

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Welcome back to Term 2 in the Music Faculty.

Music News30 April

Welcome back to Term 2 in the Music Faculty.

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Congratulations Imogen.

Student Achievements this week of 1 May30 April

Congratulations Imogen.

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Congratulations to the CGGS Swimming Team who won the ASC Swimming Carnival recently.

CGGS wins the ASC Swimming Carnival30 April

Congratulations to the CGGS Swimming Team who won the ASC Swimming Carnival recently.

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CGGS Debating and Public Speaking Captain, Ellina Woodgate recently competed at the World Independent Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Hong Kong.

CGGS Debating Captain ranks in world's top 3027 April

CGGS Debating and Public Speaking Captain, Ellina Woodgate recently competed at the World Independent Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Hong Kong.

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Grammarian, Sarah Bradbury (2009) was part of the winning team at the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition.

Former CGGS Debating Captain Tops World Mooting 21 April

Grammarian, Sarah Bradbury (2009) was part of the winning team at the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition.

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Grammarians' News this week.

Grammarians' News1 May

Grammarians' News this week.

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Support Robertson House's charity Liver Kids Australia for Mother's Day this year.

Support Robertson House's charity Liver Kids Australia30 April

Support Robertson House's charity Liver Kids Australia for Mother's Day this year.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteers wanted30 April

Would you like to volunteer in the Junior School Library?

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In the first Boot Camp session 70 eager students participated and it's not too late to join.

70 students participate in Boot Camp at CGGS9 April

In the first Boot Camp session 70 eager students participated and it's not too late to join.

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News from APFACTS1 May

News from APFACTS this week.

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WHOLE SCHOOL FUN RUN

CREDIT: PHOTOGRAPHY CAPTAIN RILEY ANDERSEN

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH TRIP TO Murramarang National Park

CREDIT: ALEXANDRA LARCOMBE (YEAR 10)

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STUDENTS VISIT JAPAN

Some of our Year 9/10 Japanese language students visited Japan over the holidays. Pictured here at Todaiji Temple, Nara.



 

COMMUNITY NOTICES

FRIDAY 15 MAY, CGGS AUTUMN VOCAL RECITAL 

5.30pm, Music Centre Recital Room. Link here for more information.

WEDNESDAY 20 - SATURDAY 23 MAY, BARNUM THE MUSICAL

7pm and 2pm, CGS. 

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