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18 - 22 May 2015
The School wins its consecutive ASC cross country shield.

CGGS: Champion Girls School at the ASC Cross Country Championships

The School wins its consecutive ASC cross country shield.

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From the Principal

On the whole, girls love to talk. It’s one of the biggest strengths that parents of girls and teachers of girls notice—their ability to communicate. How do we respond to this flood of talk, how do we hear what our girls are really saying?

There are many articles written about Active Listening. A process where we pay attention and try to understand the underlying concern or truth in a conversation. This diagram puts it very simply.

                L – Look interested, get interested.

                I – Involve yourself by responding.

                S – Stay on target.

                T – Test your understanding.

                E – Evaluate the message.

                N – Neutralise your feelings.

As a mother, I found the last one the most difficult when listening to my daughters. It is natural to feel emotions on their behalf. Sometimes by being outraged on their behalf before I had heard the full story. Sometimes by wanting to jump around and celebrate without letting them tell me all the details of their triumph. Sometimes they are telling you things that are very difficult to hear. When they were upset I learnt that some of the simplest questions helped me to understand; what is worrying you most? What do you think might happen? It sounds like you are saying….. What do you mean when you say...?

We are all so busy it is easy to be distracted when we are listening to our children. We lend half an ear and interrupt when we think they are rambling on. We muster our counter arguments or points of view as they are talking. We filter what they say and make assumptions about how they are feeling or what they are getting at.

One small boy asked his mother, “Where do I come from?” She took a deep breath and told him the facts of life in full technicolour. He listened carefully and then said, “But Peter comes from Newcastle—where do I come from?”

I like this anonymous quote:

Listen earnestly to everything your children tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has been the big stuff.

-Anon

Anne Coutts
Principal

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From the Head of Senior School

Last Friday evening, before the Year 11 Op Shop Ball, I had the privilege of having dinner with the Boarders.

Tina Twigg (Head of Boarding), Jane Doherty (Deputy Head of Boarding) and the Boarding House staff do an extraordinary job in providing a real sense of a home and great care for the girls. Mary and the catering staff, similarly, were so welcoming and the meal was beautiful. The thing that stood out for me was the fun we had chatting around the table about the week just gone, life as a boarder and the discussion, as to how difficult it was to get all the boarders to agree on a movie for movie night, was the source for much laughter. The experience for me was cause for reflection on the importance of hospitality and community in our lives.

Joan Chittister OSB said of hospitality, “Hospitality is the ability to make another person comfortable in a strange space: ours.” While the Boarding House is not a strange space in one sense, I was visiting their home and as we know our home is such a special place for us. To invite and welcome someone into our homes—where our lives, our stories and those we love are, or should be, is an invitation far beyond a social gathering at the local coffee shop. What I found around the dinner table was such a warm and welcoming community.

C Gleeson SJ, observed in relation to community, “After all, community is the place where we learn to value and respect each other, even if we don’t get our own way or have our needs met. Here we learn that life is about us and not just about me. Community is that place where we learn to value and honour people with whom we might not always get along. Community, above all, is the place where we respect and celebrate our differences. Young people first learn about community, of course, in the shelter of their family. What they learn or fail to learn in the home they bring with them to the wider community of the School family. Not surprisingly, then, is the crucial importance of strong interaction and understanding between home and school.”

This week we have further tours for Year 6 into Year 7 2016 students. A good number of our current students volunteer to be the tour guides for the prospective students and their parents. The response we get from our visitors is how wonderful our girls are, how generous with their time and their pride in the School. I am particularly proud and not at all surprised, at the visitors’ comments on this sense of pride the girls have in their school. Best wishes for the week ahead. 

 Peter Milligan
 
Head of Senior School

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS WANTED FOR THE P&F FETE

The P&F are collecting good quality items to sell at the Fete including toys, clean clothing (no school uniforms, underwear or socks), sports equipment, books etc. Please note we cannot sell TVs, computers, electrical goods, furniture, encyclopaedias or reference books, magazines over 3 years old (unless collectables), broken heavy items or any large items, videos or floppy disks. 

Please pack and label items into boxes and leave them on the apron of the P&F shed just inside the Senior School gates on Chapel Drive. For valuable items please contact Ross Hicks 0419 684 330 or Rosshix8@gmail.com to arrange a suitable time for collection.

NEWS

What a wonderful evening Year 6 and their parents had on Thursday 14 May as they created a waxworks museum in the Junior School Hall.

A Night at the Wax Works: Year 6 showcase notable Australians

What a wonderful evening Year 6 and their parents had on Thursday 14 May as they created a waxworks museum in the Junior School Hall.

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BARNUM: Behind the scenes on opening night

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Junior School raises $900 for the Canberra Sunshine Academy.

Raising Money for the Canberra Sunshine Academy22 May

Junior School raises $900 for the Canberra Sunshine Academy.

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This week, five Year 12 economics students attended Westpac's annual Budget Dinner at the Hyatt Hotel.

Economics students attend Westpac's annual Budget Dinner 20 May

This week, five Year 12 economics students attended Westpac's annual Budget Dinner at the Hyatt Hotel.

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Op Shop Ball is an annual event organized by the SRC Year 11 representatives from CGGS.

Year 11 Op Shop Ball20 May

Op Shop Ball is an annual event organized by the SRC Year 11 representatives from CGGS.

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ABC News Presenter Virginia Haussegger visited the Year 6 students on Friday 15 May to talk about some of her experiences as a reporter.

Virginia Haussegger visits Year 622 May

ABC News Presenter Virginia Haussegger visited the Year 6 students on Friday 15 May to talk about some of her experiences as a reporter.

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Each year, the Boarding House holds a fundraiser to support our World Vision sponsor child Guraya, who is 14-years-old and lives in Ethiopia.

Boarders raise $300 for Guraya21 May

Each year, the Boarding House holds a fundraiser to support our World Vision sponsor child Guraya, who is 14-years-old and lives in Ethiopia.

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Last week the Year 12 French IB class visited the Canadian High Commission.

French IB visits the Canadian High Commission20 May

Last week the Year 12 French IB class visited the Canadian High Commission.

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Last Friday, the Environment Club ran a stall at lunchtime in aid of the campaign 'For the Love of the Reef'.

Environment Club raises more than $500 For the Love of the Reef20 May

Last Friday, the Environment Club ran a stall at lunchtime in aid of the campaign 'For the Love of the Reef'.

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Last Wednesday, a group from the senior fashion class attended an information session by Ethical Clothing Australia.

Senior fashion attends Ethical Clothing Australia seminar 20 May

Last Wednesday, a group from the senior fashion class attended an information session by Ethical Clothing Australia.

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Each year, a bunch of hardy parents venture out onto the water to experience what their daughters do in the CGGS rowing program.

CGGS parents try rowing20 May

Each year, a bunch of hardy parents venture out onto the water to experience what their daughters do in the CGGS rowing program.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 22 May19 May

Congratulations to the following students.

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Grammarians' news this week.

Grammarians' News21 May

Grammarians' news this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

Entertainment books are back!8 April

The Entertainment Book Fundraiser is on again!

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News from APFACTS20 May

News from APFACTS this week.

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COMMUNITY NOTICES

PLAYERS WANTED: GUNGAHLIN WILDCATS GRIDIRON TEAM

We are looking for girls who would like to give full kit Gridiron a go. We have a junior team for 14 to 17-year-olds (however they can be 13 if turning 14 by 1st September 2015) and our ladies team which is 17 and over. There's no experience required and there is a place on the team for anyone. Link here for more information.

SOUTHERN CROSS CULTURAL EXCHANGE IS LOOKING FOR HOST FAMILIES

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is once again seeking volunteer host families to host international exchange students arriving in July 2015 for a stay of one term, one semester or two semesters. 

Volunteer to host an international high school student arriving into Australia in July 2015 through Southern Cross Cultural Exchange and prepare to be amazed at the way this unique and rewarding opportunity helps your family to become closer, to understand themselves better and see the world in a new light.

Carefully selected students will arrive in July for one term, one semester or two semesters from France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. They will attend a local High School, arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive health insurance cover – all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. To enquire about becoming a volunteer host family visit us at  www.scce.com.au email scceaust@scce.com.au or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our international student profiles and capture the spirit of family and friendship.
 

WODEN BROWNIE UNIT

The Woden Brownie Unit has spaces open for girls interested in participating in Girl Guides. Girls attending range in age from 6 to 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. 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