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13 November 2015
Canberra Girls Grammar School is excited to announce that Jess Bibby has joined the School in the role of Head Coach of Basketball.

Canberra Capital's Jess Bibby joins CGGS

Canberra Girls Grammar School is excited to announce that Jess Bibby has joined the School in the role of Head Coach of Basketball.

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Anne Coutts

From the Principal

This week I have been thinking about memories, reminders and our consciousness of the past. This is because we have had three school reunions of Grammarians over the past two weekends and we have also held Remembrance Day services on both campuses.

The speakers at these Remembrance Day services, Rear Admiral Peter Marshall at the Senior School service, and Commander Scott Palmer at the Junior School service both told us how struck they were by our students quiet and respectful attitude during this solemn occasion. Even our youngest students were fully engaged in the ceremony; you could have heard a pin drop. Our students are not remembering war, as my mother and father would do, but we are reminding them of the people who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country. It is said that those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. Certainly it is an important part of our students’ education to learn about the past.

The Grammarians’ Reunions were joyful occasions. On 31 October we had 40 women who were celebrating 50 years since they left Girls Grammar. It was an absolute pleasure to meet them all and see their amazement and delight in the facilities that students enjoy today. One woman had come from Japan to join us and another from Scotland. What shone through was their love for the school and their sense of community, still strong after 50 years.

Last Saturday we had Grammarians who graduated in 1995 in the morning; their 20 year reunion and those who graduated in 2005 in the afternoon; their 10 year reunion. We were so pleased that the majority of each year group took the time to come and visit their school. There were lots of children running around enjoying the “balloon man” who was creating balloon animals or, even more popular, balloon swords. There was laughter, food and many, many memories.

We are so grateful for the support of our Grammarians for our school community. Remembering the past enriches our life today and extends the reach of our community.

Anne Coutts

Principal

Mr Peter Milligan

From the head of senior school

This week we celebrated the final Year 11/ 12 Chapel Service which included the induction of the Service Captain, Rebecca Francis, and Head Chorister, Sarah Fraser for 2016. The Reading, from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, captured many of the core values of Canberra Girls – “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, clothe yourself with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” The choir ‘sang’ the Year 12’s out of the chapel in a very moving and beautiful manner.

The Year 9 and Year 10 Dance and Drama Performance Evening held in our Drama Centre on Tuesday was a really great night. The drama classes had challenging, issue based, pieces as well as other engaging contemporary pieces. The Year 9 and Year 10 Dance students presented a variety of high quality interpretation of a range of dance styles.

Rear Admiral Peter Marshall (Retired) delivered our Remembrance Day service address and in a special moment was introduced by his Year 12 daughter Charlotte. Rear Admiral Marshall had a distinguished Navy career commencing as soon as he left school. He completed an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Engineering Science. Much of his junior career was spent on board ships, serving at sea, including two deployments to Iraq. During his time in the Navy he has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra, and had two years in Washington DC working with the US Navy. In 2009 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his work with the Navy and to naval engineering. The following year he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral responsible for the maintenance of the Navy's fleet of 52 ships, and for procurement of future ships, with an annual budget exceeding $1 billion. He retired from the Navy last year. The Australian Federation Guard Catafalque party was an important symbolic form of respect for those who have fallen in the line of duty. Thank you our Defence Liaison Officer, Ms Rebecca Loan, for her work in organising the ceremony.

Good luck to all students in the upcoming testing weeks.

 

Mr Peter Milligan

Head of Senior School

Heather Ablett

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

This time of year encourages us to be very forward thinking as we prepare for the year ahead, whilst still giving attention to the closing weeks. Over the last couple of weeks we have welcomed many students who will join the Junior School in 2016. Many classes have included one or more students into their class and have taken the time to get to know them and show them around our beautiful school. Students coming to Year 3 and into Prep will also enjoy the specific Orientation days that are planned in the next fortnight or so. As we are preparing to welcome our new students, our 75 Year 6 leaders are giving considerable energy to thinking about the next chapter in their school life in preparation for their move to the Senior School and students in Year 5 have been anticipating their year of leadership when they progress to Year 6.

With this focus I have had much pleasure in devoting the time to read the many applications from students who would like to lead the school in one or more of the many captain roles, and particularly those for Head Girl. As there are always more applications than positions available, by putting one’s name forward, each takes a risk and this is a risk that demands courage. At the end of the day, it is inevitable that many students miss out. These girls will be disappointed.

In guiding our students we encourage them to look at how fear of failure can stop us from ‘having a go’. Feeling afraid is normal but it is how to act on that feeling that develops leadership capacity. At all levels teachers encourage students to push through the fears. Only this way will they grow. The fact that we had so many fine applications highlights that our students are well on the way to having self-confidence and trust, aiming high and silencing any fear.

On Monday, along with the staff and students from Years 3-6, I listened intently to the outstanding presentations from the seven short listed candidates. Each exemplified the values of our School. Their words demonstrated their enthusiasm, confidence and pride as a member of the CGGS community. We would be proud to have any one of these girls at Head Girl in 2016.

 

Heather Ablett

Head of Junior School

On the 11 November, the Junior and Senior Schools respectively held ceremonies to commemorative Remembrance Day.

Junior School and Senior School Remembrance Day Ceremonies13 November

On the 11 November, the Junior and Senior Schools respectively held ceremonies to commemorative Remembrance Day.

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Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Award for Educational Leadership

MRS ALEX GALLAND RECEIVES AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP13 November

Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Award for Educational Leadership

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P&F Christmas Raffle books will be sent home on Monday 16th of November, with extra books of tickets available from the senior and junior receptions.

P&F CHRISTMAS RAFFLE13 November

P&F Christmas Raffle books will be sent home on Monday 16th of November, with extra books of tickets available from the senior and junior receptions.

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All students, family and friends are invited to the annual Art Exhibition to be held on Friday 20 November from 5-7pm in the Waterman Centre.

VISUAL ART & PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS13 November

All students, family and friends are invited to the annual Art Exhibition to be held on Friday 20 November from 5-7pm in the Waterman Centre.

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It has been a busy week for the musicians, with several very successful performances.

MUSIC NEWS13 November

It has been a busy week for the musicians, with several very successful performances.

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The Junior School library has turned Art Gallery to house an exhibition of STEM inspired artwork produced by Year 6 students in yet another Art / Library collaboration.

JUNIOR SCHOOL LIBRARY STEM INSPIRED ARTWORKS13 November

The Junior School library has turned Art Gallery to house an exhibition of STEM inspired artwork produced by Year 6 students in yet another Art / Library collaboration.

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We have been very lucky to have some experts from Canberra Capitals Basketball team visit for a lunchtime clinic.

CANBERRA CAPITALS – BASKETBALL CLINIC13 November

We have been very lucky to have some experts from Canberra Capitals Basketball team visit for a lunchtime clinic.

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On Saturday 7th November, the class of 1995 had their 20 year reunion. The huge turnout was a lovely reminder that after 20 years we continue to treasure our time at Canberra Girls Grammar, the friendships we forged and the experiences we had altogether.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS13 November

On Saturday 7th November, the class of 1995 had their 20 year reunion. The huge turnout was a lovely reminder that after 20 years we continue to treasure our time at Canberra Girls Grammar, the friendships we forged and the experiences we had altogether.

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Congratulations to Laura Carter (11B) and Grace Carter (8B) who have both been accepted to attend the Gondwana National Choral School.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS13 November

Congratulations to Laura Carter (11B) and Grace Carter (8B) who have both been accepted to attend the Gondwana National Choral School.

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