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20 November 2015
Good luck to the following students who are attending Nationals and Pacific School Games as ACT representatives in the next couple of weeks.

CGGS STUDENTS TO REPRESENT ACT AT NATIONALS AND THE PACIFIC SCHOOL GAMES

Good luck to the following students who are attending Nationals and Pacific School Games as ACT representatives in the next couple of weeks.

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Anne Coutts

From The Principal

All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.

Kenneth Graham, The Wind in the Willows.

It’s a wonderful experience to see something that takes your breath away. Our students would call it ‘awesome’. It may be a wonderful sunset, the majesty of a mountain or an unexpected vista.

I remember a quiet, balmy night in Greece. We were on holiday and we had found a small taverna with tables on the sand so that the ocean lapped at our feet. We had a simple delicious meal of souvlaki and salad. The only other diners was a group of around fifteen people who sat together. They obviously knew each other well and we heard talk and laughter drifting over to us. Then, they began to sing. The beautiful harmonies seemed to meld with the quiet, herb-scented scene and add to it. We listened, almost holding our breath, as they sung for pleasure. One of them brought a candle over to us as night fell and asked if they were disturbing us. ‘Far from it’ we replied.

I often tell people that, as teachers, we never have to ask if our job has meaning or is worthwhile. What we don’t acknowledge enough is how many times we are privileged to see or hear our students achieve amazing things. It does take our breath away.

On Wednesday this week we had the showcase from all the students who undertake an Independent Learning Project (ILP). These girls from Years 9 and 10 explore a vast range of open-ended projects of their choosing. From building a robot that measures distances to building a website where students can see the range of volunteering opportunities in Canberra. From cookery to psychology, from design to art. It was awesome.

 

Anne Coutts

Principal

Peter Milligan

From the head of senior school

The events of France, Lebanon, Egypt and Nigeria of recent days and weeks will have been watched by your daughters and commented on I am sure. I have suggested, at different times throughout the year, to talk about these very difficult times with you daughters - to reassure them and to listen to their concerns, fears or opinions as they try to make sense of these terrible acts of violence. Conveying the message of hope is so important in these conversations.

Gandhi believed that the human spirit has the strength to make sense and meaning of the world in such difficult times when he observed, “When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of good and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they seemed invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always.” The often used debating topic ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ explores dialogue, relationship and diplomacy versus action in more overt ways. This is exemplified in the lesson Aid worker Greg Mortensen says was the most important lesson he ever learnt in his life. He recounts, ‘I was working with local leaders in Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan in building schools, mostly for girls. Greg says his moral purpose and sense of urgency to push ahead with a desperate construction timetable was about the fact that the children had, literally no school buildings. He spent from sunrise to sunset at the construction site of his first school. Progress was too slow for his liking as he tried to cope with delays as workers had other priorities to attend to. At one point the local village leader, Haji Ali, took him aside and said, “You have done much for my people and we appreciate it. But now you must do one more thing for me.’ Greg replied he would do anything. Haji Ali requested, “Please you need to sit down and be still and quiet. You are making everyone crazy…If you want to thrive in Baltistan you have to respect our ways. The first time you share tea with us you are a stranger. The second time you share tea you are an honoured guest. The third time you share a cup of tea you become family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything, even die… Dr Greg, you must take the time to share three cups of tea.” Greg said, “That day Haji taught me the most important lesson I have ever learned in my life…to slow down and build relationships is as important as building projects.” Three weeks alter the building was finished and they helped local builders construct eighty-one more over the next decade – fifteen were in Afghanistan right in the middle of 9/11. Let us have Gandhi’s faith in the human spirit to find a way through the current challenges alluded to earlier and the respective leaders in the current conflicts share three cups of tea.

The P&F are following the enormous and very successful Fete effort with an exciting range of community events to celebrate our 90th next year. The first of the events is a family picnic to be held on Friday evening February 5. The P&F will send out the specific details to what I am sure will be a great way to begin the new year. The Independent Learning Project and the Visual Arts and Photography Exhibitions this week showcased the extraordinary talents of a wide range of students and staff. Congratulations to all involved.

 

Peter Milligan

Head of Senior School

On Friday 13 November 2015, David Holmesby, Chair Gabriel Foundation won the 2015 Carl Palmer Award for Leadership and Excellence in ACT Independent Education.

Gabriel Foundation Chair wins prestigious education award20 November

On Friday 13 November 2015, David Holmesby, Chair Gabriel Foundation won the 2015 Carl Palmer Award for Leadership and Excellence in ACT Independent Education.

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The Year 6 Mini-Fete, held over lunchtime on Monday 16 November, was a tremendous success!

YEAR 6 MINI FETE 20 November

The Year 6 Mini-Fete, held over lunchtime on Monday 16 November, was a tremendous success!

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This semester, Year 9 Commerce students have been learning all about the world of business.

YEAR 9 COMMERCE MARKET DAY 20 November

This semester, Year 9 Commerce students have been learning all about the world of business.

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Please remember to return your sold P&F Christmas Raffle tickets and monies to senior or junior receptions at your earliest convenience.

P&F CHRISTMAS RAFFLE20 November

Please remember to return your sold P&F Christmas Raffle tickets and monies to senior or junior receptions at your earliest convenience.

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Congratulations to Aleisha Ricketts, Year 11, and Tara Melhuish, Year 10, who played the Last Post and Reveille at last week's Remembrance Day Assemblies in the Senior and Junior Schools respectively.

MUSIC NEWS20 November

Congratulations to Aleisha Ricketts, Year 11, and Tara Melhuish, Year 10, who played the Last Post and Reveille at last week's Remembrance Day Assemblies in the Senior and Junior Schools respectively.

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After one false start due to the weather, around 20 girls represented CGGS on Tuesday 10th November at the ACT School Athletics Championships.

ATHLETICS NEWS20 November

After one false start due to the weather, around 20 girls represented CGGS on Tuesday 10th November at the ACT School Athletics Championships.

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Cricket ACT Meteors Erin Osborne, Jenny Taffs and Sam Bates hosted a cricket clinic last Thursday lunch.

CRICKET REPORT20 November

Cricket ACT Meteors Erin Osborne, Jenny Taffs and Sam Bates hosted a cricket clinic last Thursday lunch.

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Tuesday November 10 saw the launch of the CGGS 2017 Peru trip run in collaboration with Antipodeans.

SOUTH AMERICA 201720 November

Tuesday November 10 saw the launch of the CGGS 2017 Peru trip run in collaboration with Antipodeans.

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Grammarian Kelly Beer’s (Hodge, 1999) team, NIHR Cambridge BioResource has won the Clinical Research Nursing award at the Nursing Times Awards in the UK.

Grammarians' News20 November

Grammarian Kelly Beer’s (Hodge, 1999) team, NIHR Cambridge BioResource has won the Clinical Research Nursing award at the Nursing Times Awards in the UK.

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Congratulations to Georgia Connolly (year 6) who has been offered a place at the Gondwana National Choral School as a member of Junior Gondwana , a choir for young people aged 10-13 who show strong musical potential.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS20 November

Congratulations to Georgia Connolly (year 6) who has been offered a place at the Gondwana National Choral School as a member of Junior Gondwana , a choir for young people aged 10-13 who show strong musical potential.

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