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19 August 2016
The Science and Technology Faculty has had a jam packed week 5 in celebration of National Science Week.  Within the classroom, a number of junior science classes have been exploring the national theme of ‘Drones, Droids and Robots’ as they have taken on the task of designing and creating their own robots.

SCIENCE WEEK - DRONES, DROIDS AND ROBOTS…AND MARSHMALLOWS!

The Science and Technology Faculty has had a jam packed week 5 in celebration of National Science Week. Within the classroom, a number of junior science classes have been exploring the national theme of ‘Drones, Droids and Robots’ as they have taken on the task of designing and creating their own robots.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I am sure you will have read the disturbing reports this week about a pornographic web-site posting naked photographs of school-girls where school boys and young men are rating the girls bodies, trading them between each other and stalking their targets who they know personally.

This is disturbing on many levels: that school boys and young men think this is a game, that the language the boys are reportedly using on the site reveals an attitude of arrogance, entitlement and the treatment of these girls as objects, that so many schools across Australia are involved and that thousands of photographs have been posted.

They think this is a game, it most definitely is not.

You will know from pieces I have written in the past (published in the Canberra Times and The Age) that I believe this kind of behaviour towards girls may result in violence towards women in the future. The more boys and young men believe that women are objects and 'don't mind' or are 'asking for it' or 'need to know their place' the more they lose the ability to respect, give women dignity and build meaningful relationships.

Of course, my most immediate concern is the welfare of our students. CGGS was not named as one of the schools involved but that does not necessarily mean that some of our students have not been victimised in this way. I spoke to all our senior school staff on Wednesday and asked our tutors, in particular, to be aware in case any of our students have been affected. If so, we want to help and support them. I would also urge you to talk to your daughters (and sons) to explore their thoughts and feelings about this. I would advise you to go straight to the police with any issues that arise.

ACT police have confirmed that they are investigating complaints linked to the web-site and allegations have been referred to the Children's eSafety Commissioner. The Association of Parents and Friends of ACT schools (APFACTS) has described the 'horror' expressed by parents in the ACT community.

'They are surprised by the scale of it. There is a sense of sadness...these boys are being taught to stalk, to be derogatory towards women. These are people these children know.'

So please talk to your daughters and sons. Let us know if we can help and support your daughter. We are happy to talk to with you about any concerns you have.

The other advice for your daughters is never to post a naked picture of themselves on social media, or to send such a picture to anyone, however much they might trust them. Once a photograph is 'out there' it can be passed around and picked up by anyone.

If you need to contact school:

  • Anne Coutts – Principal; 
  • Peter Milligan - Head of Senior School; and
  • Jeanette Widmer - Director of Pastoral Care

can all be contacted through email or the main Senior School telephone number.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The initiative and enthusiasm of our students is always great to see. This week, in the spirit of the Olympic Games, our Seniors have organised a series of lunchtime events.

Next week a number of Book Week activities have been planned such as dress up as your favourite book (or comic or manga) character, a Book Parade at lunchtime with prizes for best dressed, food stalls including a BBQ, pizza, lollies, drinks and a bake stall. This will be alongside a book stall being run by the Indigenous Focus Group where students can buy books for a gold coin. The book week celebrations will begin on Monday with the Scavenger hunt.

A number of staff attended the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT Leadership breakfast held at the National Museum of Australia on Thursday morning. AISACT, in partnership with the ACT branch of The Australian Council of Educational Leaders, sponsor these events each term. The presenter on this occasion was Ms Silvia Damiano the creator, thought leader and master trainer of the i4 Neuroleader Model and 360 Feedback Assessment Tool. Ms Damiano also founded The About My Brain Institute with the purpose of democratising leadership and neuroscience. Her comments on the evolution or transition from an ‘Industrial Age’ manager model of leadership through the ‘Information Age’ to the ‘Imagination Age’ model were particularly interesting.

I mentioned last week that the ACTDU Advanced Open Grand Final was to be contested between CGGS 1 (Breanna Lee, Laura Johnston, Amelia McGrath and Courtney Henson) and CGGS 2 (Alice Warrington, Stephanie Jones and Ellen Thurlow). In a close and very high standard debate our CGGS 1 team were successful in winning the ACTDU title. Amelia McGrath was awarded Best Speaker on the night. We also secured six of the top 10 speaker awards for the competition overall. After participating in a minimum of four rounds students were then eligible to have their individual scores averaged to produce the end of season results. Ellen Thurlow was awarded the Best Speaker in the 2016 ACTDU Advanced Open category – very well done.

A note to remind parents that if you are running late for some reason, and will be picking your daughter up after 5.00pm, in the interests of safety and comfort we are asking the students to wait in the foyer of the Boarding House where they will sign in and then sign out when you pick them up.

Best wishes

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

Much has been written about how children learn and our thinking has evolved over time as educationalists, researchers and psychologists have contributed their findings and observations to the field.

Beginning with the work of Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Locke and Immanuel Kant in the 18th Century, the concept of “childhood” was consolidated, and paved the way for 19th Century practitioners like Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner whose schools and pre-schools are still popular today.

In the 20th Century the research of Vygotsky and Bruner became increasingly popular with their theories of learning heavily influencing the development of the International Baccalaureate Organisation’s program including the Primary Years Programme that we run in the Junior School. We also incorporate the ideas of Howard Gardner, Ferre Laevers, and Loris Malaguzzi who began his schools in Reggio Emilia Italy in the aftermath of WW11. Malaguzzi’s work informs the philosophy behind our own CGGS Early Learning Centre. I would add that in the 21st Century teaching professionals conduct action research and gather data to inform and drive their practise. From this foundation our approaches to education continue to evolve.

The following 10 principles reflect the latest research into how young children best learn. These principles may be found in Learning Through Play in the Early Years – A resource book.  

  1. The best way to prepare children for their adult life is to give them what they need as children
  2. Children are whole people who have feelings, ideas and relationships with others, and who need to be physically, mentally, morally and spiritually healthy.
  3. Subjects such as mathematics and art cannot be separated; young children learn in an integrated way and not in neat, tidy compartments.
  4. Children learn best when they are given appropriate responsibility, allowed to make errors, decisions and choices, and respected as autonomous learners.
  5. Self-discipline is emphasised. Indeed, this is the only kind of discipline worth having. Reward systems are very short-term and do not work in the long-term. Children need their efforts to be valued.
  6. There are times when children are especially able to learn particular things.
  7. What children can do (rather that what they cannot do) is the starting point of a child’s education.
  8. Imagination, creativity and all kinds of symbolic behaviour (reading, writing, drawing, dancing, music, mathematical numbers, algebra, role play and talking) develop and emerge when conditions are favourable.
  9. Relationships with other people (both adults and children) are of central importance in a child’s life.
  10. Quality education is about three things: the child, the context in which learning takes place, and the knowledge and understanding which the child develops and learns.

“Well-planned and well-resourced play activities which allow for progression in a child’s thinking and understanding can provide the context in which these principles become the reality for all our children.” Tina Bruce

Warm regards

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

David Blue

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS AND PLANNING

Subject Selections for 2017 – Students entering Year 9

Last week, the Year 8 students attended a preliminary information session about choosing their Elective subjects for Year 9 in 2017.

At this session, they were given some information about the process for selecting their subjects and the Electives available.

As well as the “core” subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Geography and History, students in Year 9 study three other subjects from the seventeen Elective subjects available. Some of these subjects are new for the students; Asian Studies, Commerce, Independent Learning Project, Sports Science and STEM, so students were given an introduction to the nature of these courses. More information is available in the Guide to Courses which is posted on Canvas.  (Go to “CGGS Documents and Policies”, then “Senior School” and “2017”.)

Today, the students were sent an email containing a link to their personalised on-line subject selections.  Students are asked to select five Electives in order of preference. Most students will be guaranteed their first three preferences, but this may not be possible for every student due to the large number of possible combinations.

Subject selection submissions are due to be completed for current Year 8 students by Friday August 26. The system allows several submissions if required – only the final version is incorporated into the timetabling program. The final step is to print the form for parents to sign and return to the school as confirmation that the subjects are correct.

As indicated in the Guide to Courses, students and parents have several avenues to assist them with the selection process if they are encountering any difficulties or have questions that need answering.

David Blue
Director of Projects & Planning

After our wonderful visit to the National Botanic Gardens, last week Year 3 were very fortunate to have scientist and parent Richard Watts (Matilda’s dad) come to Canberra Girls Grammar School to run some activities linked to our current unit ‘Sharing the Planet’.

YEAR 3 VISIT FROM A BIOLOGIST19 August

After our wonderful visit to the National Botanic Gardens, last week Year 3 were very fortunate to have scientist and parent Richard Watts (Matilda’s dad) come to Canberra Girls Grammar School to run some activities linked to our current unit ‘Sharing the Planet’.

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On Sunday, 14 August, an appreciative audience enjoyed an afternoon of fine Choral Music. It was a great celebration of our Canberra Girls Grammar School choirs.

The concert was wide-ranging in terms of repertoire, while the nature of groups performing was diverse in terms of choir size, age of the participants and styles of singing.

CHORAL MUSIC FILLS THE AIR19 August

On Sunday, 14 August, an appreciative audience enjoyed an afternoon of fine Choral Music. It was a great celebration of our Canberra Girls Grammar School choirs. The concert was wide-ranging in terms of repertoire, while the nature of groups performing was diverse in terms of choir size, age of the participants and styles of singing.

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On Monday, 8 August, CGGS participated in the annual interschool ASC hockey competition. Many girls participated on the day and CGGS entered a team in every age division.

The majority of students were required to play up an age division due to a clash with senior assessments. Thank you to those seniors who came out to the games after assessments to support their team.

HOCKEY PLAYERS DO CGGS PROUD19 August

On Monday, 8 August, CGGS participated in the annual interschool ASC hockey competition. Many girls participated on the day and CGGS entered a team in every age division. The majority of students were required to play up an age division due to a clash with senior assessments. Thank you to those seniors who came out to the games after assessments to support their team.

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For those of you who couldn’t make it to the P&F Masquerade Ball last Saturday night you missed a real spectacle.

From the moment guests arrived in their intriguing masquerade masks the evening was something really special.

MASQUERADE BALL OUTSTANDING SUCCESS19 August

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the P&F Masquerade Ball last Saturday night you missed a real spectacle. From the moment guests arrived in their intriguing masquerade masks the evening was something really special.

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“I didn’t realise the government was so important in a city.”

“To be happy, people need so many things in the city.”

YEAR 7 STUDENTS BECOME BUDDING MAYORS AND LEARN ABOUT URBAN DESIGN19 August

“I didn’t realise the government was so important in a city.” “To be happy, people need so many things in the city.”

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On Wednesday, 3 August, the Year 9 Dance classes travelled to Sydney for the day to support their studies in the Semester 2 unit Jazz and Musical Theatre. We attended a matinee performance of Singin’ in the Rain at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

YEAR 9 DANCE SEE ‘SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’19 August

On Wednesday, 3 August, the Year 9 Dance classes travelled to Sydney for the day to support their studies in the Semester 2 unit Jazz and Musical Theatre. We attended a matinee performance of Singin’ in the Rain at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

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Join us at Canberra Girls Grammar School's 90th Anniversary Gala Concert on Saturday 17 September 2016 at 6pm.

This spectacular evening will showcase talent from across the Music, Drama and Dance departments’ along with special performances from our Grammarians.

90TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT19 August

Join us at Canberra Girls Grammar School's 90th Anniversary Gala Concert on Saturday 17 September 2016 at 6pm. This spectacular evening will showcase talent from across the Music, Drama and Dance departments’ along with special performances from our Grammarians.

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On Monday, 15 August, the Year 12 Career Development lesson was visited by Grammarians Alix Biggs (2012) and Bec Richards (2015).

STUDENTS RETURN TO DISCUSS TRANSITION TO UNIVERSITY AND FUTURE CAREERS19 August

On Monday, 15 August, the Year 12 Career Development lesson was visited by Grammarians Alix Biggs (2012) and Bec Richards (2015).

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Seventeen brave Canberra Girls Grammar School students took up the challenge to run City2Surf 2016.

Some were tackling the fourteen kilometres for the first time, while others returned with the knowledge of both the joy and the exhaustion that comes from pushing through every last step to sunny Bondi.

EVEN A FALL COULDN’T STOP THEM19 August

Seventeen brave Canberra Girls Grammar School students took up the challenge to run City2Surf 2016. Some were tackling the fourteen kilometres for the first time, while others returned with the knowledge of both the joy and the exhaustion that comes from pushing through every last step to sunny Bondi.

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Last Friday after school about 40 students from Robertson House headed to Skyzone Belconnen for an afternoon of trampolining. This was a great opportunity for bonding across the year groups as students from Year 7-12 attended.

ROBERTSON HEAD FOR SKYZONE19 August

Last Friday after school about 40 students from Robertson House headed to Skyzone Belconnen for an afternoon of trampolining. This was a great opportunity for bonding across the year groups as students from Year 7-12 attended.

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On Friday, 6 August, Year 7 and Year 11 Waverley students participated in an exciting and memorable sleepover at the Senior School campus.

WAVERLEY YEAR 7 AND 11 SLEEPOVER19 August

On Friday, 6 August, Year 7 and Year 11 Waverley students participated in an exciting and memorable sleepover at the Senior School campus.

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On Friday, 5 August, Burgmann House hosted a major fundraiser to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

We raised $2,132.55 from a gold coin donation and various stalls held at lunchtime.

JEANS FOR GENES DAY FUNDRAISER – BURGMANN HOUSE19 August

On Friday, 5 August, Burgmann House hosted a major fundraiser to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute. We raised $2,132.55 from a gold coin donation and various stalls held at lunchtime.

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Canberra Girls Grammar School will be represented by two groups at this year’s Ausdance ACT’s Youth Dance Festival (Dance Fest as it is affectionately known), running from 7-9 September 2016.

SUPPORT CGGS AT DANCE FEST19 August

Canberra Girls Grammar School will be represented by two groups at this year’s Ausdance ACT’s Youth Dance Festival (Dance Fest as it is affectionately known), running from 7-9 September 2016.

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Both the Junior and Senior Schools we have a “Chapel Committee.”

CHAPEL NEWS19 August

Both the Junior and Senior Schools we have a “Chapel Committee.”

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Congratulations to Year 7 students Thea Armstrong, Hayley Macdonald, Elise Finney and Lara Essex who all represented the ACT in the PSSA 12 Years Basketball team last week. The girls finished fourth which is the best result the ACT has ever had in this event. They had very exciting wins over New South Wales, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS19 August

Congratulations to Year 7 students Thea Armstrong, Hayley Macdonald, Elise Finney and Lara Essex who all represented the ACT in the PSSA 12 Years Basketball team last week. The girls finished fourth which is the best result the ACT has ever had in this event. They had very exciting wins over New South Wales, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

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