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7 - 11 September 2015
On Thursday 10 September, Glebe fundraised for the amazing charity RUOK? Day.

RU OK? Day - a conversation can change a life

On Thursday 10 September, Glebe fundraised for the amazing charity RUOK? Day.

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From the Principal

At our Alumni Reunion in London in July one woman told me that her time at Girls Grammar was ‘seminal’ and ‘changed her life’.

She said that this positive change came about directly because of the encouragement and care of her teachers. They believed she could succeed and so she did.

Many teachers have had the experience of a student thanking them for something the teacher said or did years ago. Sometimes we have forgotten the incident that had such a profound effect on that student. This is both the privilege and the responsibility of teaching. We can empower students when we speak and act with the kindness, clarity and direction that allows the student the opportunity to grow and become better.

Kindness underpins empowerment. It says to the other person ‘I believe and trust in you’. Teachers who listen and respond positively to students and colleagues are empowering and their attitude is contagious. We love to spend time with them. We leave feeling brighter more optimistic and relaxed. They bring out the desire to do our best and their kindness encourages us to extend ourselves and take on new challenges. Empowerment is both an attitude and a habit.

I still remember, all these years on, a teacher who encouraged me at school, “You are a resourceful girl Anne, you can do this,” he said. And so I did.

Anne Coutts
Principal

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From the Head of Senior School

Last week was the final round of the winter sport program.

A number of teams will now move on to the finals and we will share their results over the next couple of weeks. I would like to thank all students, parents, staff, and coaches involved the preparation and support of the teams. Sport and studies have an important connection I believe.

Grand finals have a life of their own I have found. So many times we hear a team or individual say they seemed to have saved their worst performance for the grand final or conversely the amazing GF ‘underdog’ win. Grand finals are hard to win because the excitement of the lead up week and the emotion of the day overtake the training and successful game plans and performance that got you there in the first place. The game starts to go awry and then the panic sets in and in a flash it is all over. So, how do you win grand finals? In my humble coaching experience it is about being settled in the preparation, enjoying the lead up but assuming nothing about the game until the final whistle. It is listening to the same coaching advice and game plan that got you there and more times than not you will at least deliver a fine performance. If it is good enough for a win then well done. If not celebrate a great season and day with family. Not easing up at any stage is an absolute basic attitude. There was a stark example of this in the recent Athletics World Championships.

As the American runner, Molly Huddle, approached the finish line in the 10,000m World Championships race, held recently in Beijing, she raised her arms in celebration at what she believed was to be a certain Bronze medal. To her complete surprise her teammate ran through the line and took the medal in the final metre. A number of things struck me about the result. Ms Huddle’s warmth in congratulating her teammate; her openness about missing the opportunity to be the first US athlete since 2007 to have gained a medal in the event and more importantly the dealing with her personal disappointment about the years of training that had earned her a place in the event being diminished by her easing up and not running through the line.

The sport studies connection lies in ensuring that all tasks are completed to the best of your ability–handed in on time. For senior students, the effort needs to be there until the end of semester–it is never time to say I think I have done enough to secure the ATAR or IB result–don’t ease up a metre from the line.

A special congratulations to Isabella Davis (Year 7 Burgmann) – the new U14 Australian Ski Champion. Very well done.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

CGGS P&F FETE - 31 OCTOBER 2015

Please donate your household items by Monday 12 October

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

MORE PHOTOS FROM YEAR 6 EXHIBITION

Last weekend 19 girls participated in the annual Snowsports ACT Schools Cup.

ACT Schools Cup10 September

Last weekend 19 girls participated in the annual Snowsports ACT Schools Cup.

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We have had an exciting week in the Music Department with Motet Choir singing at the National Service to Celebrate the Queen on Thursday morning at St Paul's in Manuka.

Music News10 September

We have had an exciting week in the Music Department with Motet Choir singing at the National Service to Celebrate the Queen on Thursday morning at St Paul's in Manuka.

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On Tuesday 4 August Senior School students participated in the annual CGGS House Athletics Carnival.

2015 House Athletics Carnival results8 September

On Tuesday 4 August Senior School students participated in the annual CGGS House Athletics Carnival.

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Congratulations to Isabella Davis (Year 7) and Lara Agnew (Year 7), two Year 7 students who have had some very successful results at The Australian National Children’s Series for Alpine Skiing at Thredbo and Mount Buller.

Ski and Snowboard Australia - National Children’s Series10 September

Congratulations to Isabella Davis (Year 7) and Lara Agnew (Year 7), two Year 7 students who have had some very successful results at The Australian National Children’s Series for Alpine Skiing at Thredbo and Mount Buller.

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On Wednesday 9 September the Year 10 Latin class went to the ANU Classics Museum.

Year 10 Latin visits the ANU Classics Museum10 September

On Wednesday 9 September the Year 10 Latin class went to the ANU Classics Museum.

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The U7 Diamonds girls soccer team shone during 2015.

U7 Diamonds shine in 201510 September

The U7 Diamonds girls soccer team shone during 2015.

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The 8 Gems have both enjoyed and improved this season.

Netball report: Year 8 Gems10 September

The 8 Gems have both enjoyed and improved this season.

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This week is the start of the finals for the basketball competition.

Winter Basketball10 September

This week is the start of the finals for the basketball competition.

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On Saturday 5 September two teams from the Senior School participated in the Tournament of Minds competition, one in the Social Science challenge and one in Maths Engineering.

CGGS teams participate in Tournament of Minds Regional Challenge10 September

On Saturday 5 September two teams from the Senior School participated in the Tournament of Minds competition, one in the Social Science challenge and one in Maths Engineering.

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Last Friday, the Year 12 Exercise Science class travelled to the AIS in Bruce for our annual Biomechanics excursion.

Year 12 Exercise Science to AIS Biomechanics Lab10 September

Last Friday, the Year 12 Exercise Science class travelled to the AIS in Bruce for our annual Biomechanics excursion.

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The 7 Firebirds had a tremendous season, a huge improvement in every player made all those cold and frosty Saturday's well worth it.

Netball report: Year 7 Firebirds10 September

The 7 Firebirds had a tremendous season, a huge improvement in every player made all those cold and frosty Saturday's well worth it.

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Our Year 10 PDHPE Bronze Medallion Program has started this semester.

Year 10 Bronze Medallion Program10 September

Our Year 10 PDHPE Bronze Medallion Program has started this semester.

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8 Topaz had a fabulous season.

Netball report: Year 8 Topaz10 September

8 Topaz had a fabulous season.

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Our school is part of the Red Cross’ Red25 group and around 60 girls from Years 10, 11 and 12 will donate blood for the cause.

60 students donate blood to Red Cross10 September

Our school is part of the Red Cross’ Red25 group and around 60 girls from Years 10, 11 and 12 will donate blood for the cause.

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A fantastic spring day saw the end of the 2015 round series on Saturday.

2015 Winter Netball wrap-up10 September

A fantastic spring day saw the end of the 2015 round series on Saturday.

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The Spring Concert is on Sunday 20 September at 1pm and 3.30pm at the CGGS Senior School Hall.

2015 Spring Concert9 September

The Spring Concert is on Sunday 20 September at 1pm and 3.30pm at the CGGS Senior School Hall.

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The Grammarians’ Association and Principal Anne Coutts are delighted to be holding an event for the Canberra Girls Grammar School community in Sydney.

Sydney calling8 September

The Grammarians’ Association and Principal Anne Coutts are delighted to be holding an event for the Canberra Girls Grammar School community in Sydney.

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Dance Festival 2015 is here! The biggest youth dance event in the ACT has returned to the Canberra Theatre from 16-18 September and CGGS has over 80 Senior School students performing.

AUSDANCE FEST IS BACK FOR 201528 August

Dance Festival 2015 is here! The biggest youth dance event in the ACT has returned to the Canberra Theatre from 16-18 September and CGGS has over 80 Senior School students performing.

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Grammarians' news this week.

Grammarians' News10 September

Grammarians' news this week.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

National Healthy & Physical Education Day 

Senior School students celebrated National Health & Physical Education Day on Wednesday 9 September by flying kites at lunchtime.

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YALARI - ADFA WATER COURSE CHALLENGE

Last Friday, a group of Year 8 and 9 students made up of Yalari students and those who completed the Sydney City2Surf visited the campus of ADFA organised by the Podmore Foundation. The students toured the campus, watched manoeuvres and the day culminated with the over water obstacle course. In this picture three students are working their way through the first part of the course consisting of cargo nets, balance beams and hanging bells.

COMMUNITY NOTICES

12 SEPTEMBER, CANBERRA SCHOOL OF TENNIS OPEN DAY

1.30-4.30pm, Chisholm. Link here for more information.

18 - 20 SEPTEMBER, LIFELINE BOOK FAIR

10am-1pm, Exhibition Park. Link here for more information.

19 SEPTEMBER, LITTLE ATHLETICS REGISTRATION DAY

9am-2pm, Woden Park. Link here for more information.

2 OCTOBER, CANBERRA CHESS CHALLENGE 9

Melba Copland Secondary School. 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.