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26 August 2016
On Thursday, 18 August, seven Year 12 Defence students attended the Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day Service held at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on ANZAC Parade.

The students assisted the organisers, the ACT and Districts Vietnam Veterans, and acted as wreath attendants at the ceremony.  The ceremony commemorated the service and sacrifice made by our service men and women during and after the Vietnam War.

YEAR 12 DEFENCE STUDENTS AT VIETNAM VETERANS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE

On Thursday, 18 August, seven Year 12 Defence students attended the Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day Service held at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on ANZAC Parade. The students assisted the organisers, the ACT and Districts Vietnam Veterans, and acted as wreath attendants at the ceremony. The ceremony commemorated the service and sacrifice made by our service men and women during and after the Vietnam War.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”.

John Dewey

I was talking to one of our teachers last week and she said, with a beaming smile, “I just love learning”. If you have had any conversation with a young child recently you will know that one of their favourite words is “why?”. Our ability to learn, and our desire to do so, is an advantage to us for the whole of our lives. We often talk to our students about lifelong learning, about not being afraid to embrace new challenges, to make mistakes or to reach beyond their comfort zone.

One of the ways we can help our children is to encourage them to create their own learning tool box. What strategies do they find most helpful? Is it listening to podcasts, drawing concept maps, jotting down notes, rehearsing what they have learnt aloud, teaching it to someone else or asking someone to ask them questions about that topic? How do they use digital technology to help them?

I had a friend at school who wrote key points on index cards (low tech was all we had when I was at school!). She would keep them in her pocket and bring them out to read at any spare moment. I saw her doing this at bus stops, in between her events at gymnastics competition and when in the lunch queue. She is now a Professor of Chemistry in England.

I have seen students benefit from teaching or mentoring others. Somehow, when you have to explain a theory or some facts to some else, it clarifies and enhances your own understanding. A study group with friends can help all its members.

At CGGS, we like to emphasise that asking questions is not a sign of ignorance, it’s a sign of maturity. Asking for clarification, for additional information or just a re-cap on what has been said can underpin clarity in our learning.

I recently read about a young American man, Jeremy Gleick, who is reading Bioengineering at the University of California. He has decided to Learn something new every day. His rules; it can not be related to his university work or reading a novel. Even if he is staying with friends, he commits an hour a day to this. “I just do it” he says. So far he has completed over 1,000 hours of self-study, most of it online.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

Author, John O’Donohue, observed, ‘Friendship needs a lot of nurturing. Often people devote their primary attention to the facts of their lives, to their situation, to their work, to their status. Most of their energy goes into doing.’

Meister Eckhart writes beautifully about this temptation. He says many people wonder where they should be and what they should do, when in fact they should be more concerned about how to be.’ Books have extraordinary power to invite us to reflect on issues such as friendship. Books can share wisdom, inspire us, stimulate our imagination, make us laugh or become part of our own life story.

CS Lewis was expansive in this following description of the place of literature in our lives, ‘Literature enlarges our being by admitting us to experiences not our own. They may be beautiful, terrible, awe-inspiring, exhilarating, pathetic, comic, or merely piquant. Literature gives the entrée to them all.

Those of us who have been true readers all our life, seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors … In reading good literature, I become a thousand men, and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in a Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and I am never more myself than when I do.’

Our students have had a great time celebrating Book Week – particularly with the dressing up as your favourite book or character activity on Wednesday. My thanks to the students and staff who organised the events with such enthusiasm. Please keep talking to your daughters about the books they are reading and why that particular choice of book.

Best wishes

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

Responding to the challenges of the world we live in is embedded in our curriculum and the outworking of this, in the form of giving back and adopting new and different ways to conduct ourselves, can be found in the essential element of the PYP called Action.

Action can take many forms and encompasses gestures both grandiose in scale and reach as well as those that are personal, immediate and basic. With young children action often begins with the self, the family, the classroom, and the playground. As children develop they may also choose to act by serving the wider community; locally, nationally and globally. 

On the PYP planners teachers use to collaboratively plan our Units of Inquiry there is a section to record student initiated action in response to the learning that has taken place. When children take action they are demonstrating they are able to apply the knowledge and understandings that have been explored. So while teachers play a role in coordinating class, year group or school wide action, it is student initiated action in response to a need that we are particularly interested in.

I have been impressed with many of the recent action initiatives in the Junior School and would like to mention a few to give you a tiny taste of what is happening in our community. 

  • Our Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser was a great success and the students and staff continue to wear the beanies on cold Canberra mornings
  • Sophie, one of our Year 2 students raised $800 for the Canberra Sunshine Academy by selling chocolate frogs
  • We saw a great response to our first “Nude Food” day and are planning another

If your child takes action in response to the learning that has taken place please inform the classroom teacher and let us know if s/he is involved in charitable works in the wider community as we are currently looking at ways to acknowledge and celebrate these efforts.

Warm regards

Angela Whitaker
Head of Senior School

David Blue

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS AND PLANNING

Elective subject selections for students in Year 7 and Year 9

Year 7

This morning, the Year 7 students attended an information session about selecting their Language preferences for Year 8 in 2017. At this session the students were also shown how to use the on-line selection system. An email has been sent to their school email account containing a link to this selection system. Students are asked to complete their selections by next Friday (September 2). To complete the process, parents/guardians are asked to sign a print-out of the form generated in the system to confirm the selections.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 have been sent an email to the on-line subject selection system for their Elective subjects in 2017. Students are aware that they must continue at least 2 of their electives into Year 10 – this is to introduce them to the idea of a 2-year block of study as will be required in either the BSSS or IB systems when they are in Years 11 and 12.

Students entering Year 10 will have the opportunity to select a new elective subject, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). For this elective, the students are asked to provide a short statement about their interest in this area on the selection system.

For all students, information about the subjects is contained in the Guide to Courses which is posted on Canvas. These guides also contain information about where parents and students can seek more information and assistance if required. 

David Blue
Director of Projects and Planning

Recently we emailed all Year 6 parents about the upcoming Father Daughter Dinner.

Please note, the correct date of this event is Thursday, 13 October, not 15 October (which is a Saturday).

CORRECTION TO DATE – FATHER DAUGHTER DINNER26 August

Recently we emailed all Year 6 parents about the upcoming Father Daughter Dinner. Please note, the correct date of this event is Thursday, 13 October, not 15 October (which is a Saturday).

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The Canberra Girls Grammar School Junior School community united as one in order to raise much needed funds for Brain Cancer research.

The ELC to Year 6 students enthusiastically supported TV personality Carrie Bickmore’s ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ fundraiser.

JUNIOR SCHOOL UNITE AS ONE TO SUPPORT BEANIES FOR BRAIN CANCER26 August

The Canberra Girls Grammar School Junior School community united as one in order to raise much needed funds for Brain Cancer research. The ELC to Year 6 students enthusiastically supported TV personality Carrie Bickmore’s ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ fundraiser.

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The National Youth Science Forum brings 400 young people to Canberra for a 12-day immersive science experience during the January School holidays.

The NYSF program consists of a mix of scientific, formal, personal development, and social activities.

THREE STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO THE NYSF RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM IN JANUARY 201726 August

The National Youth Science Forum brings 400 young people to Canberra for a 12-day immersive science experience during the January School holidays. The NYSF program consists of a mix of scientific, formal, personal development, and social activities.

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From 19–22 August, five Canberra Girls Grammar School students represented the ACT in the Australian National Cross Country Championships held at our home course, Stromlo Forest Park

AUSTRALIAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS26 August

From 19–22 August, five Canberra Girls Grammar School students represented the ACT in the Australian National Cross Country Championships held at our home course, Stromlo Forest Park

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Congratulations to the following Junior School students who, based on their results from the South Weston Athletics Carnival, have been selected in the South Weston team to compete at the ACT PSSA Athletics carnival on Tuesday, 6 September at Woden Park Athletics Field.

JUNIOR SCHOOL ATHLETES TO REPRESENT AT ACT CARNIVAL26 August

Congratulations to the following Junior School students who, based on their results from the South Weston Athletics Carnival, have been selected in the South Weston team to compete at the ACT PSSA Athletics carnival on Tuesday, 6 September at Woden Park Athletics Field.

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Would you support a campaign to improve the lives of refugees in a refugee camp?

On Monday, 22 August, Year 11 and 12 Global Studies students work-shopped with the Sydney based non-profit organisation Act for Peace, to create a range of campaign options which they then had to pitch to the marketing team from the organisation.

ACT FOR PEACE WORKSHOP26 August

Would you support a campaign to improve the lives of refugees in a refugee camp? On Monday, 22 August, Year 11 and 12 Global Studies students work-shopped with the Sydney based non-profit organisation Act for Peace, to create a range of campaign options which they then had to pitch to the marketing team from the organisation.

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Canberra Girls Grammar School competed at the ACT Touch Football Community day on Thursday, 18 August. The team, all in Year 6, trained with Mrs Dwyer and Mrs Burrows for the competition over a few weeks and were well prepared.

TOUCH FOOTBALL COMMUNITY DAY26 August

Canberra Girls Grammar School competed at the ACT Touch Football Community day on Thursday, 18 August. The team, all in Year 6, trained with Mrs Dwyer and Mrs Burrows for the competition over a few weeks and were well prepared.

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The Annual General Meeting for the CGGS Rowing Club will held at the Boat Shed at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

CGGS ROWING CLUB 2016 AGM16 August

The Annual General Meeting for the CGGS Rowing Club will held at the Boat Shed at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

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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 CONCERT26 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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Most tertiary institutions have open days in the lead up to the closing date for tertiary admissions. Canberra’s five main tertiary education providers – the Australian National University, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University, Canberra Institute of Technology and the Australian Defence Force Academy - will open their doors to prospective students on Saturday, August 27.

TERTIARY OPEN DAYS26 August

Most tertiary institutions have open days in the lead up to the closing date for tertiary admissions. Canberra’s five main tertiary education providers – the Australian National University, University of Canberra, Australian Catholic University, Canberra Institute of Technology and the Australian Defence Force Academy - will open their doors to prospective students on Saturday, August 27.

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Congratulations to Mia Byron (Year 6) for ably representing Canberra Girls Grammar School at the ACT Rostrum Grand Final, held on the evening of Monday, 22 August at the ACT Legislative Assembly.

MIA REPRESENTS AT ACT ROSTRUM GRAND FINAL26 August

Congratulations to Mia Byron (Year 6) for ably representing Canberra Girls Grammar School at the ACT Rostrum Grand Final, held on the evening of Monday, 22 August at the ACT Legislative Assembly.

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Join us on Monday, 5 September at 5.30pm to hear performances from our talented music students.

SMALL ENSEMBLES CONCERT26 August

Join us on Monday, 5 September at 5.30pm to hear performances from our talented music students.

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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 FEST26 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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Students and teachers from Canberra Girls Grammar School along with ADFA Pack Marchers, KPMG and Sydney supporters participated in this year’s City2Surf campaign.

The Podmore Foundation assists some of our students financially scholarships, but more importantly provides guardians, mentors and tutors to assist the girls to reach their full potential.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS26 August

Students and teachers from Canberra Girls Grammar School along with ADFA Pack Marchers, KPMG and Sydney supporters participated in this year’s City2Surf campaign. The Podmore Foundation assists some of our students financially scholarships, but more importantly provides guardians, mentors and tutors to assist the girls to reach their full potential.

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