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21 - 25 September 2015
CGGS entered two items; Welcome to the Mad House and Men in Black, with 80 students performing across two nights.

CGGS at Dance Festival 2015

CGGS entered two items; Welcome to the Mad House and Men in Black, with 80 students performing across two nights.

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From the Principal

The movie Frozen has been a phenomenal success. Most small children can sing Let it Go with the least provocation. Many parents have had to sit through the movie several times with their youngsters. One woman told me that she couldn’t bear to see it one more time.

In the movie Elsa is told, “Conceal, don’t feel!” She has special, magical powers but she is told to master them. In fact she becomes increasingly afraid and can not bring her powers under control. She can’t fully understand that her powers could be used for good. She sees them as things that could harm and destroy rather than the one thing that makes her different.

In the history of medicine it was thought that the body was made up of ‘humours’. These humours determined the temperament of a person and if the humours were unbalanced certain elements of your personality could be affected.

Nowadays, we don’t subscribe to the ancient idea of ‘humours’ but do recognise that strong, unresolved emotions that remain concealed may affect our wellbeing.

Shakespeare said, “’Tis the mind that makes the body rich.” (Taming of the Shrew). You might have experienced yourself a situation where you have had to keep everything internalised and then something small and innocuous can tip you over the edge. It’s the ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back’. And so it was with Elsa, she keeps it all inside until she can do so no longer. Her internal struggle becomes external as she creates eternal winter, a monster and an enormous storm.

So what saves Elsa? It’s very simple; love and understanding.

Sometimes we have to counsel our students to ‘let it go’. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of their distress and strong emotion. Part of their education is yes, to be resilient, but we also want to help them to ‘let it go’ and not create a storm, a monster and eternal winter.

Anne Coutts
Principal

From the Head of Senior School

The term finishes this Friday on a celebratory note with the House Music and House Sport Day.

There has been a great sense of community and enthusiasm in the preparation of the House music and dance performances over the last few weeks. There are a wide range of activities and achievements to acknowledge over the last week—the Senior and Junior Dance Fest performances at the Canberra Theatre were outstanding—well done to all participants and to Ms Mercer and her staff. There were Grand final wins in Netball, Basketball and Hockey to celebrate as well as participation in the Duke of Edinburgh expedition on the weekend. The Spring Concert performances were wonderful on Sunday and the Friends of Music’s hospitality showed a great sense of welcome and community. Our Senior students hosted the Mother Daughter Breakfast and we had eight students participating in the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Melbourne this week. The latest round of three Parent Teacher nights concluded this week and the parents of our Boarders attended a lovely dinner last night. We wish the students and staff on the French Language Tour to Vanuatu well during their time away as well as our Sailing Club students in the National Championships being held here in Canberra during the holidays.

The theme of ‘My Thought for the Week’ contribution at the full school Assembly this week was one of being positive. I offered the following:

A story is told of a North American, First People, grandmother telling her granddaughter one evening about a battle that goes on inside all people. She said, “My child, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One  ‘wolf’ is a negative force and can destroy our sense of who we are—It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other ‘wolf’ is positive and gives our life, and the lives of those around us, meaning—it is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The granddaughter thought about this story for a minute and then asked her grandmother, “Which wolf wins?” The grandmother simply replied.“The one you feed.”

I wish to thank students, families and Staff for the many great things that have happened during the term—have a great and safe break.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

From the Head of Junior School

With the finish to the winter sport season it was timely to congratulate the many, many students who participated in our core winter sports: netball, hockey, basketball and football (soccer).

Over the weekend just gone the Junior School boasted three teams in basketball grand finals and two teams in netball grand finals. We were delighted to take home a total of three premierships and two runners-up after some very close games. We also had a fine team of students who have represented the School in snowsports and these students are all congratulated on an excellent season. Please see other articles in the Weekly Update for more specifics.

A show of hands at Assembly clearly indicated that we have huge participation in our sporting program. It was important to stress that playing sport is not about winning, but about making improvement over the course of the season by listening carefully to the coach and by practising and refining the game skills. More importantly, it is the teamwork and co-operation and the ability to bounce back and persevere when faced with challenges that we can learn when participating in team sports. The commitment our students have shown towards their respective teams has been admirable and although not every team can win a premiership, every team member can be cooperative, turn up to training and games and follow instructions so that the team continues to improve throughout the season.

We do congratulate all teams, coaches and managers for a terrific season of sport and also thank the enthusiastic band of parents who have ferried their children about to the games and been at the grounds, courts or slopes to support them in all conditions!

End of Term 3

The last day of Term 3 is always eagerly anticipated with the final round of House Sport with round robin netball for Years 3 and 4 and soccer for Years 5 and 6. Following House Sport a festival of beautiful music with the House Music Competition is a spectacular way to send our students off at the end of the term.  In both of these hotly contested events, students in the Junior School have been practising in an effort to win the coveted trophies for their House.  The chosen music for the House Chorals this year included songs chosen from Disney and the set piece Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

These events take much time and effort to organise but the responsibility falls mostly to Mr Cross and the PSPE staff, Mrs Groom and the Music staff and the House Co-ordinators and House Captains.  Thank you to all of these people.

I would like to thank all the students and staff for term of outstanding learning.  Added to the winter sport and House activities, a number of major events this term included: Year 6 Exhibition, GGG Day, Book Week Celebrations, PYP Evaluation, 100 Days of Prep, five Music Concerts, Student Led Conferences, ELC Fathers’ Day Event and French Day.  Is it any wonder students and staff are ready for a break? I would like to wish everyone a restful holiday and look forward to a new term commencing on Monday 12 October.

Term 4 Reminders

  1. Students should be in summer uniform on their return to school next term. The blazer and straw hat should be worn to and from school and, in keeping with the Sun Smart Policy, students must wear their blue broad brimmed hat for all activities outdoors. As the sun becomes stronger, it is suggested that students apply sunscreen before school and have a supply of sunscreen with them at school.
  2. All families have been issued with a fluro laminated name card to display from your car when driving into the Pick Up area at the end of the day. We ask for full co-operation in this matter to assist in the smooth flow of this zone at the end of the day. It is advisable to keep the name card on the passenger side sun visor to be flipped down at the appropriate time.

Heather Ablett
Head of Junior School

From the Chief Operating Officer

A message regarding Term 4 Statements.

Statements were emailed to parents on Wednesday 16 September.  Payment is due on the 1st day of Term 4 - 12 October 2015.  

For more information, please contact our Fees Clerks; Judith Bingley (Monday to Wednesday) or Lisa Christie (Thursday and Friday) at debtors@cggs.act.edu.au

Matt Clowry
Chief Operating Officer

From the Director of Admissions

A reminder from our Admissions office.

We anticipate that the majority of students will remain at CGGS, nevertheless we appreciate that in special circumstances some students may be leaving the School at the end of Term 4 this year. We require final notification before the last day of Term 3 this year, Friday 25 September 2015.

A term’s notice of intention to withdraw a student from the School or to change a student from boarding to a day place, must be given in writing to the Principal, otherwise half a term’s fees will be charged in lieu of notice should the School not be able to fill the place.

A term’s notice must also be given in writing to the Principal of intention to withdraw a student from the School for a limited period of one term or more. Half a term’s fees will be charged should the School not be able to fill the place for the period of absence. Re-entry to the School after absence of more than one term is dependent upon a place being available. Due fees apply for absences of less than one term.

Barbara Connolly
Director of Admissions

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From the School Chaplain

An update to the Family and Friends' Chapel Services for 2015.

The Blessing of the Animals service on 6 September now be combined with the All Saints Day Service on the Sunday 1 November.

Please also note that the time of the Lessons and Carols on Sunday 29 November has changed to 7.30pm.

The Family and Friends' Chapel Services for 2015 flyer has now been updated to reflect these changes. Link here.

The Rev'd Paul Harris
School Chaplain 

FETE ANNOUNCEMENTS

CGGS welcomes the Canberra community to the annual P&F Fete on Saturday 31 October, 10am to 3pm.

CANBERRA’S ‘COUNTRY FAIR’ SCHOOL FETE IS BACK FOR 2015

CGGS welcomes the Canberra community to the annual P&F Fete on Saturday 31 October, 10am to 3pm.

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GOODS AND SERVICES WANTED FOR SILENT AUCTION

Calling all business owners, artists and tradies the P&F Fete needs your help!

We are currently seeking donations of goods and services for the silent auction. 

Please contact Helen Hesse-Patching at fetesponsorship@cggs.act.edu.au, if you are interested to know more.

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

The CGGS U15 Division 2 Hockey team scored a convincing win over University Juniors 3-0, placing them on the top of the ladder at the end of the season.

Go Grammar! U15 Div 2 ACT Junior Girls Hockey Premiers for 2015

The CGGS U15 Division 2 Hockey team scored a convincing win over University Juniors 3-0, placing them on the top of the ladder at the end of the season.

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Five of our students competed in the ACT Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships on Saturday 12 September at the ANU.

CGGS: Champion school at the ACT Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships 24 September

Five of our students competed in the ACT Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships on Saturday 12 September at the ANU.

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Canberra Girls Grammar School is supporting the Children’s Book Council of Australia Christmas Book Appeal to provide a book for a child in need in the Canberra region at Christmas time.

CGGS community gets behind book appeal24 September

Canberra Girls Grammar School is supporting the Children’s Book Council of Australia Christmas Book Appeal to provide a book for a child in need in the Canberra region at Christmas time.

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Grand final results from Saturday 19 September are in.

Netball Grand Final results23 September

Grand final results from Saturday 19 September are in.

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Year 8 Latin students recently travelled to Sydney for the weekend with CGS Latin students for the annual Year 8 Latin Camp.

Year 8 Latin Camp24 September

Year 8 Latin students recently travelled to Sydney for the weekend with CGS Latin students for the annual Year 8 Latin Camp.

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This year we had 120 students in the Junior School take part in our curricular Football program.

Junior School Football24 September

This year we had 120 students in the Junior School take part in our curricular Football program.

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Music news this week.

Music News24 September

Music news this week.

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Over winter we had 60 players in nine teams playing every weekend and training every week.

Junior School Winter Basketball wrap-up24 September

Over winter we had 60 players in nine teams playing every weekend and training every week.

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Five Year 10 students participated in a three-day sea kayaking and hiking adventure over the weekend.

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Silver Adventurous Journey24 September

Five Year 10 students participated in a three-day sea kayaking and hiking adventure over the weekend.

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This year the Blue Bangles consisted of mostly Year 1s, which meant that this was their first time playing netball.

Blue Bangles: Net Set Go!24 September

This year the Blue Bangles consisted of mostly Year 1s, which meant that this was their first time playing netball.

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A great opportunity to start off your week by having fun and getting fit for summer at the same time.

CGGS BOOTCAMP IS BACK FOR TERM 423 September

A great opportunity to start off your week by having fun and getting fit for summer at the same time.

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2015 was a very enjoyable and successful season for the CGGS U11 hockey team.

U11 Hockey Report22 September

2015 was a very enjoyable and successful season for the CGGS U11 hockey team.

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This year, our team consisted of 14 girls from Years 5 and 6. It was a great mix of girls with many different skills and abilities.

U13 Hockey Report22 September

This year, our team consisted of 14 girls from Years 5 and 6. It was a great mix of girls with many different skills and abilities.

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At our very first training session, our team of Hook in2 Hockey girls were full of enthusiasm and eager to learn.

Hook in2 Hockey 201522 September

At our very first training session, our team of Hook in2 Hockey girls were full of enthusiasm and eager to learn.

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The snow melting on the mountains brings with it the end of another successful Snowsports season for the Junior School.

Junior School Snowsports wrap-up24 September

The snow melting on the mountains brings with it the end of another successful Snowsports season for the Junior School.

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I thoroughly enjoyed coaching the Year 9 Amethyst netball team this year.

Netball report: 9 Amethyst24 September

I thoroughly enjoyed coaching the Year 9 Amethyst netball team this year.

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CGGS in the media this week.

CGGS in the Media24 September

CGGS in the media this week.

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Congratulations to the following students.

Student Achievements this week of 25 September23 September

Congratulations to the following students.

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In 2016, Canberra Girls Grammar School will be celebrating 90 years since the founding of the School.

Help us celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Canberra Girls Grammar School25 September

In 2016, Canberra Girls Grammar School will be celebrating 90 years since the founding of the School.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

P&F WORK READY WORKSHOP

Thank you to the P&F for arranging a ‘work ready’ workshop for senior students on Monday 21 September. Cathy Develin gave interested students great tips on looking for jobs, presenting themselves in applications and interviews and how to understand their employment. Students were most grateful for Ms Develin’s inside perspective as an employer for Priceline and other pharmacies. She helped them to think about what prospective employers might be looking for when hiring and what kind of workers they want to be.

Jessica Dietrich
Careers Advisor

COMMUNITY NOTICES

29 SEPTEMBER, INANNA INC. FREE COMMUNITY LUNCH

11.30am-1.30pm, Red Hill Shops, next to the playground. Come along and hear all about Inanna's groups and activities we have on offer and how we can assist you with NDIS Planning. Or just come along and have a bite to eat with us! Link here for more information.

29 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER, ACTING & THEATRE CAMP

9am-3pm, CGGS Drama Centre. Link here for more information.

2 OCTOBER, CANBERRA CHESS CHALLENGE 9

Melba Copland Secondary School. Link here for more information.

10 OCTOBER, Canberra Highland Gathering 2015

10am-5pm, Kambah Oval. For a day of traditional Scottish events and activities including pipe band displays, highland dancing competition, Scottish food and craft stalls, heavy athletics events, Clan displays, Scottish country dancing and much more family entertainment. Link here for more information.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 12 OCTOBER, COME AND SING MESSIAH

Canberra Choral Society is currently inviting Canberra singers to join us to sing Handel’s Messiah at the end of the year. Parents and students are welcome to come together! Applications close 12 October. 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.