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4 - 8 May 2015
The CGGS Equestrian team spent an exhilarating four days at the Interschools Gymkhana hosted by Snowy Mountains Grammar at Jindabyne last week.

CGGS equestrian team competes at the Interschools Gymkhana

The CGGS Equestrian team spent an exhilarating four days at the Interschools Gymkhana hosted by Snowy Mountains Grammar at Jindabyne last week.

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From the Principal

A huge thank you to all of you who signed up for Team Girls Grammar to run or walk the Mother’s Day Classic. As I write this we have 204 in our team! What a great result. It is wonderful to see the Girls Grammar community coming together for this worthy cause. Thank you to all the people who have sponsored me—I am very grateful.

I thought I’d tell you my two favourite mother/daughter stories to make you smile this Mother’s Day.

One little girl was watching her mother get ready for work. She was especially fascinated by her mother’s make up routine, asking what’s this, what’s that as she put on her mascara and lipstick. Finally, she said, “Mummy why do you put all that stuff on your face?” Her mother replied, “It makes me look more beautiful.” There was a pause, then the little girl said, “How long does it take to work?”

Another young girl was irrepressibly interested about other people. She would always stop stock still on the street and say in a ringing voice, “Look at that man’s funny leg,” or “Why is that lady’s hair so spiky?” Her mother sat her down and said, “Look, it is not nice to talk about people like that, they may be very sensitive about their leg or their hair. Don’t talk about it when they can hear, if you want to discuss it wait until we get home and we can talk about it together.” The very next day they got on a bus and sat next to a man with an enormous nose. The girl’s mother was on tenterhooks that her daughter would comment on it but, apart from some sideways glances, she kept quiet. As they were getting off the bus she said to the man, “Mummy and I are going to talk about your nose when we get home.”

Happy Mother’s Day!

Anne Coutts
Principal

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From the Head of Senior School

Our School Captain, Elizabeth Tridgell, spoke beautifully at the Founders’ Day Assembly this week when she reflected on the meaning of Founders’ Day from the student perspective.

In part she said, “I’ve been thinking about what makes CGGS unique, what sets us apart from other girls’ schools in Canberra? We may be the only one with a Boarding House and we may be the only one with skirts that go past our knees, but we’re also the only girls’ school in Canberra with 89 years under our belts. 89 years of tradition and values and community. From our humble beginnings, we have flourished into a ­­­­­leading light in girls’ education. A school that produces confident and compassionate women who are forces to be reckoned with, as evidenced by the ladies who join us today.”

Elizabeth’s comments were part of her thank you speech to a Grammarian from the Class of 2000, Carolyn Lloyd, who presented an inspiring Founders’ Day speech. Carolyn spent a Gap year in the UK, then attended university in Melbourne where she studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Health Promotion. After completing university and numerous nursing placements in remote Australia, Carolyn moved to the Northern Territory. She was the NT Graduate of the Year and was appointed to her dream job, Remote Area Nurse, in the isolated community of Numbulwar, which is situated on the coast in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Since her first job as a Remote Area Nurse, Carolyn has been fortunate to work in multiple remote communities as a Remote Area Nurse and Clinic Manger as well as working in Communicable Disease control, working to eliminate the infectious eye disease Trachoma from remote Indigenous communities.

Carolyn's latest adventure has been a move to the 'big smoke' Townsville, to work at James Cook University in the School of Public Health and has recently worked in Sierra Leone as part of the Australian Government Response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Carolyn also has a Masters Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is a Maternal, Child and Youth Health Nurse. Carolyn is married to Benjamin and they have a dog called Tuck and 3 Chickens; Tikka, Kebab, and Vindaloo. It was really wonderful to hear Carolyn’s story and her reflections on her experiences at Girls Grammar.

On a different note our Equestrian and Sailing teams enjoyed great success last weekend in their respective competitions. Our musicians performed locally and we hosted the African Youth Choir. Congratulations to Maddison Pearce, Year 12 Kilburn, on her selection in the ACT Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team. The Australian Championships will be held in Melbourne from 17 to 24 May. We wish her well. Congratulations also to Lily Daniher, Year 11 Glebe, who has just returned from France after being selected to present one of the readings at the Anzac Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux. Congratulations also to the History faculty and to the Year 8 students on their Medieval Day activities—a really wonderful event.

CASHLESS CANTEEN
It is now possible for students to make all purchases at the canteen using your CGGS ID card.  Your card has been linked to system through Flexischools.

Before you can use your card, you must register with Flexischools and then put some pre-paid credit on the card.  Instructions for how to do this are here. Students will need to get their parents to use their credit card to top-up your account. You can then keep track of your account balance by logging on to Flexischools.

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

On Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May Canberra Girls Grammar School celebrated its 89th anniversary.

89th Founders' Day

On Sunday 3 and Monday 4 May Canberra Girls Grammar School celebrated its 89th anniversary.

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Founders' Day Assembly at the Junior School

CREDIT: The Year 6 Publicity Committee

On Wednesday 6 May, the Year 8 History cohort attended Medieval Day in the Hall.

Year 8 celebrates Medieval Day7 May

On Wednesday 6 May, the Year 8 History cohort attended Medieval Day in the Hall.

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Junior School students are urged to sign up for the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.

Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge for Junior School students7 May

Junior School students are urged to sign up for the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.

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During their current Sports Nutrition unit, Year 9 Sports Science students were charged with the task of creating a pre-game or in-competition snack.

Year 9's sports nutrition challenge7 May

During their current Sports Nutrition unit, Year 9 Sports Science students were charged with the task of creating a pre-game or in-competition snack.

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Japanese language students from Years 9 and 10 toured Japan during the recent holidays.

Year 9 and 10's Japan Study Tour7 May

Japanese language students from Years 9 and 10 toured Japan during the recent holidays.

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Year 10 violinist Donica Tran attends the Australian Youth Orchestra's Young Symphonists Program.

Donica attends Young Symphonists Program7 May

Year 10 violinist Donica Tran attends the Australian Youth Orchestra's Young Symphonists Program.

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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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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 8 May6 May

Congratulations to the following students.

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Congratulations to the Burrows Jazz Band for their performance at the M16 Artspace in Griffith at the weekend.

Music News: Burrows Jazz Band, special dates and Friends of Music to meet7 May

Congratulations to the Burrows Jazz Band for their performance at the M16 Artspace in Griffith at the weekend.

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The Easter holiday program provided continuity for skills development, fitness, pre-season preparation and game understanding with fun and focus.

Holiday football coaching popular at CGGS6 May

The Easter holiday program provided continuity for skills development, fitness, pre-season preparation and game understanding with fun and focus.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE AT THE JUNIOR SCHOOL

Two cases of foot and mouth disease have been reported to the Junior School recently. This is particularly important to members of the CGGS community who may have immune problems. Please contact the Junior School on 6202 6411 if you have any concerns.

REMINDER: Changes to ACTION's Bus Services to CGGS from 18 May7 May

A message about ACTION's Bus Services to CGGS from 18 May.

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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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News from APFACTS7 May

News from APFACTS this week.

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Australia's best TRAIN in CGGS boats

Recently, the Australian Women’s Eight trained in CGGS rowing boats in preparation for World Cup and World Championship Rowing Regattas in Europe later this year.

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. 

SATURDAY 23 MAY, OFF THE BEATEN TRACK PERFORMANCE CLASSES

10-5pm, CGGS Drama Centre. Olivia Simone and Cody Fern a returning to CGGS for a May workshop. 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