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5 August 2016
Monday, 1 August was the 100th day of school for our Prep students. To celebrate this exciting milestone, we had a fun filled day all about the number 100!

100 DAYS OF PREP

Monday, 1 August was the 100th day of school for our Prep students. To celebrate this exciting milestone, we had a fun filled day all about the number 100!

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Peter Milligan

FROM THE ACTING PRINCIPAL

As Principal, or in my present role as Acting Principal, the school week always begins on a high note by being able to attend the Junior School Assembly on a Monday morning. Jacqueline Davis, Deputy Head Girl, Year 6, this week gave a wonderful address on ‘Inspiration’.

The subject of her talk was Eddie the Eagle or Michael "Eddie" Edwards, nicknamed "Eddie the Eagle" by the media. Eddie was a British ski jumper and skier who in 1988 became the first competitor since 1929 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. Jacqueline found the story to be inspirational by virtue of the significant health issues Michael Edwards had as a child, yet this did not stop his dream to attend the winter Olympics. Through the encouragement of his family he continued to dream and then he chose ski jumping despite the fact he did not know how to ski! Having stood at the top of the ski jump ramp in Calgary I must admit it does not strike me as the first event of choice for the winter Olympics when you cannot ski. His training included being strapped into skis on the top of a car to have the sensation of flying! The rest, as we know, is history and has now been portrayed in a movie. Eddie the Eagle’s qualities and personality, described so passionately by Jacqueline, certainly resonated as inspirational with the assembly last Monday.

The theme of encouragement is one that is worth reflecting on as parents, guardians or teachers. Maurice Balson from Monash University noted ‘To encourage is to focus on assets and strengths and to minimise mistakes and deficiencies. Courage is by far the most important factor in growth and development, as individuals can become skilled or competent only when they believe in their own abilities to do so. Further, to have confidence in others, one must have confidence in oneself. Yet some constantly discourage young people by pointing out their mistakes and deficiencies in the mistaken belief that this will help them develop. Some have no confidence in others to improve by themselves and they do not trust their own ability to encourage them. The ability to encourage is the ability to instil self-confidence; this is by far the most important single quality which must be learned today.’

Let’s do our best to always be on the encouraging side of the ledger not the discouraging side. Let us strive to encourage our students and daughters to be hope-filled people and not just hopeful people. The key is in making quality time to spend with family – this takes a determination to create such opportunities.

Best wishes,

Peter Milligan
Acting Principal

Jeanette Widmer

FROM THE ACTING HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

It has been another wonderful week at CGGS full of events and opportunities including choral workshops, debating evenings, Year 10 subject selections for senior years, as well as attending the Careers Expo, the Safe School Committees’ Father/Daughter/Son breakfast, Kilburn’s trivia night, Burgmann’s support for Jeans for Genes day and Waverley’s sleep over tonight. Also looking forward to the Year 10’s Semi-Formal or ‘Enchanted Evening’ on Saturday.

So how does one employ their emotional intelligence to deal with every day issues? For emotions are something you have – not something you are! As Daniel Goleman states -

 “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far”.

Guard your joy

Do not let others steal your efforts and achievements from you. Self-worth comes from within and should not depend upon the approval of others. Your happiness is something you must control.

Destroy the effectiveness of toxic people

Toxic friends are frustrating and it is easy to get angry with them. As difficult as it might be, consider their point of view and let respect be the controlling emotion for you.

Control, then let go of your anger

Anger is stressful. It interferes with your ability to function and, over time, stress can make you sick. Let go of those stressful grudges so that you feel happier and healthier.

Train yourself to be difficult to offend

Inappropriate behaviour of other people should be left to belong to them. It does not have to be something you own.

Know yourself

You are the sum total of your strengths and your weaknesses. Knowing yourself allows you to grow according to your strengths, while not allowing your weaknesses to hold you back.

Embrace the ‘new’ in your life

Change is inevitable. It is OK to like the past but that is exactly the point – it has passed so don’t get left behind. The emotionally strong person looks forward.

Enjoy people

There is so much to learn from others. Be curious about them in a thoughtful, caring and kind way. Learn to be a sound judge of character so that your relationships are growth experiences for you.

Enjoy a great weekend with family and friends.

Jeanette Widmer
Acting Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

As part of my work for the Council of International Schools (CIS) I travelled across the Asia Pacific to evaluate and accredit schools. The experiences I had in this role were a rich form of professional development and I always returned to my own school having learned something new.

One of the last schools I visited before taking up my role at CGGS was in Kuala Lumpur. This school had adopted both the programmes of the International Baccalaureate and the Malaysian curriculum and had, in effect, created two separate schools on one large campus. The school was founded as the result of the vision of one man who sought to bring together the culturally diverse sections of the Malaysian population by promoting understanding, tolerance and an appreciation of difference through education. One of the challenges the school faced was keeping their founder’s vision alive and not devolving over time into factions that mirrored the divide in their curriculum or the society at large. At the time of my visit I was pleased to see that a vehicle they were successfully using to unite the school was their commitment to international mindedness and developing a shared understanding of this concept with the whole community – students, staff and parents.

As an accredited PYP school we at CGGS JS recognise that we live in a globalised world and that this brings benefits, opportunities and challenges. One of the Standards we are expected to work towards reads: “The school promotes international-mindedness on the part of the adults and the students in the school community.” This Standard is unpicked through 12 Practices that we must embed.

Our own community is rich in its diversity and we are lucky to have range of cultures represented.  We are also fortunate to have access to a range of technologies that give us tools to connect with people and ideas in the local, national and international sphere and we know that with guidance students can begin to make these connections from an early age. The students on our International Mindedness committee continue to work towards creating an inclusive environment where everyone’s mother tongue language and home country is celebrated and valued and I have spoken to the committee about the need to involve our whole community in developing a definition and shared understanding of global citizenship and international mindedness. Of course global citizenship / international mindedness fit hand in glove with our CGGS Way and with promoting action to make our world a better place.

Like the International Baccalaureate Organisation the CIS expects its schools to actively promote internationalism and interculturalism. Both organisations provide useful frameworks to help schools understand the breadth and depth of cultural citizenship. The following are areas the CIS expects its schools to address:

ETHICS:

the discussion of substantive matters of principle from multiple perspectives

DIVERSITY:

the understanding of the histories, cultures, beliefs, values and perspectives of a range of individuals and peoples

GLOBAL ISSUES:

the understanding of current issues of global significance relating to geopolitics, the environment, health, trade, sustainable development and human rights

COMMUNICATION:

the development of fluency in multiple languages including mother tongues, languages used in local environments and physical communication cues associated with languages

SERVICE:

the development of their disposition to serve the community, local and global, through engagement in meaningful and reflective service

LEADERSHIP:

the acquisition and refinement of the skills of leading and following within the cultural context

Warm regards

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

Tara Dunstall

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF STUDIES

A belated welcome back to Term 3…it has already been a busy three weeks of what will be a busy term!

Year 11 ACT Scaling Test (AST) Trial

On 11 August (next Thursday), all Year 11 BSSS tertiary students will sit the first of two AST trials. The first trial is for the students to experience the Multiple Choice and Short Answer components of the AST under the same conditions as the AST  they will sit in September 2018. The trial will be conducted in the Hall for all students.  As students will need to apply to the Board of Senior Secondary Studies for special accommodations for the AST, sitting this trial enables students to experience this form of testing before completing an application for special accommodations. Any special accommodations granted by the BSSS to individual students will be confirmed by the BSSS early next year and arranged for the second full AST trial in June 2018.

Students have been emailed further details about the trial. They are required to wear their full school uniform and to bring their lunch as the canteen will not be open next Thursday.

As next Thursday is Moderation Day, Year 11 students studying either an accredited package or the IB are not required to attend school.

ATAR and Scaling

Information sessions for parents explaining the ATAR and Scaling will again be held in the Multi-Media Theatre on two of the three parent-teacher evenings later this term. For the purposes of planning, the session will be between 6:00pm -7:00pm on Wednesday 14 September and Monday 19 September. Further information will be provided in upcoming Weekly Update newsletters and posted on Canvas however, the information is the same as that covered in previous sessions. Dr Easton and I look forward to seeing you there.

2017 Subject Selections

In the Weekly update last week, David Blue advised of the process for selection of 2017 subjects for current Year 10 and Year 11 students. Subject selections for current Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be available online in Week 5 of this term. Students will attend meetings early in Week 5 where information about the electives and the online selection process will be explained.

Tara Dunstall
Director of Studies

At Canberra Girls Grammar School we look to our values and vision to guide us. By building a caring, inclusive and nurturing school community, and delivering outstanding academic, pastoral and co-curricular programs, our students go out into the world confident and respectful.

ACKNOWLEDGING OUR REMARKABLE STUDENTS5 August

At Canberra Girls Grammar School we look to our values and vision to guide us. By building a caring, inclusive and nurturing school community, and delivering outstanding academic, pastoral and co-curricular programs, our students go out into the world confident and respectful.

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A very successful weekend at the ACT Southern NSW Interschools Championships, with many of our team members qualifying for the Australian Championships in September.

SNOWSPORTS NEWS5 August

A very successful weekend at the ACT Southern NSW Interschools Championships, with many of our team members qualifying for the Australian Championships in September.

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Octavia Whatman (Year 6) brought in cupcakes for her class (6R) to enjoy on Thursday, 4 August as a reminder to us all it is “Donate Life Week”, Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation.

6R CELEBRATES LIFE…WITH CUPCAKES5 August

Octavia Whatman (Year 6) brought in cupcakes for her class (6R) to enjoy on Thursday, 4 August as a reminder to us all it is “Donate Life Week”, Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation.

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On Friday, 30 July the Gabriel Singers were honoured to be asked to perform at the Charles Bean Legacy event held at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The Gabriel Singers performed a piece written for them by Melbourne-based composer, Dan Walker. This piece was a setting of the poem ‘Non Nobis Domine’ which was written by Charles Bean, the Australian Official WW1 Correspondent. The girls performed this work beautifully at this professional event and received lovely feedback.

BUSY WEEKEND FOR THE GABRIEL SINGERS5 August

On Friday, 30 July the Gabriel Singers were honoured to be asked to perform at the Charles Bean Legacy event held at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The Gabriel Singers performed a piece written for them by Melbourne-based composer, Dan Walker. This piece was a setting of the poem ‘Non Nobis Domine’ which was written by Charles Bean, the Australian Official WW1 Correspondent. The girls performed this work beautifully at this professional event and received lovely feedback.

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On Monday afternoon, 1 August, members of the Gabriel Singers, Senior Chapel Choir and Intermediate Chapel Choir had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Andrew Carwood.

ANDREW CARWOOD CHORAL WORKSHOP5 August

On Monday afternoon, 1 August, members of the Gabriel Singers, Senior Chapel Choir and Intermediate Chapel Choir had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Andrew Carwood.

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Join us on Sunday, 14 August at 3pm in the Chapel for the Annual Choral Concert. Afternoon tea will be available from 2pm.

This delightful event features Chapel Choirs, Gabriel Singers, Glee and Chorale.

CHORAL CONCERT5 August

Join us on Sunday, 14 August at 3pm in the Chapel for the Annual Choral Concert. Afternoon tea will be available from 2pm. This delightful event features Chapel Choirs, Gabriel Singers, Glee and Chorale.

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On Friday 24 June, the Junior School had nine students compete in the ACT Swimming Championships (representing the South Weston zone):

Zoe Bond (Year 6), Sofia Christopherson (Year 6), Lauran Faulder (Year 6), Lucy Hincksman (Year 6), Iris Leach Dowe (Year 6), Sophia Medina (Year 5), Lucy Piva (Year 5), Marina Tzanetos (Year 3) and Alessandra Wah (Year 5).

ACT SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS5 August

On Friday 24 June, the Junior School had nine students compete in the ACT Swimming Championships (representing the South Weston zone): Zoe Bond (Year 6), Sofia Christopherson (Year 6), Lauran Faulder (Year 6), Lucy Hincksman (Year 6), Iris Leach Dowe (Year 6), Sophia Medina (Year 5), Lucy Piva (Year 5), Marina Tzanetos (Year 3) and Alessandra Wah (Year 5).

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On Thursday, 28 July two Year 9 students, Katherine Flint and Nithya Mathew, attended the ‘Ask Us’ Student Voice forum, hosted by the ACT Youth Coalition at the Headley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning.

‘ASK US’ STUDENT VOICE FORUM5 August

On Thursday, 28 July two Year 9 students, Katherine Flint and Nithya Mathew, attended the ‘Ask Us’ Student Voice forum, hosted by the ACT Youth Coalition at the Headley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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On Tuesday, 26 July, three teams consisting of girls from Years 7-12 competed in the ASC Netball Carnival. All three teams displayed consistent performances throughout the day.

WINTER NETBALL UPDATE – ASC NETBALL & SCNA CRAZY HAIR AND SOCK DAY!5 August

On Tuesday, 26 July, three teams consisting of girls from Years 7-12 competed in the ASC Netball Carnival. All three teams displayed consistent performances throughout the day.

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Last Sunday, girls from Glebe and Kilburn went to Blue Cow for a days' skiing. With an early start at 5.00am, we were ready to hit the slopes at 9.00am. All students participated in a lesson with the ski/snowboard instructors before shredding the snow in groups of at least three.

GLEBE/KILBURN SKI TRIP 20165 August

Last Sunday, girls from Glebe and Kilburn went to Blue Cow for a days' skiing. With an early start at 5.00am, we were ready to hit the slopes at 9.00am. All students participated in a lesson with the ski/snowboard instructors before shredding the snow in groups of at least three.

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It’s no secret the CGGS P&F Masquerade Ball on Saturday, 13 August will be glamorous.

You may have heard the original ticket allocation for the ball SOLD OUT last week?

P&F ASSOCIATION MASQUERADE BIRTHDAY BALL5 August

It’s no secret the CGGS P&F Masquerade Ball on Saturday, 13 August will be glamorous. You may have heard the original ticket allocation for the ball SOLD OUT last week?

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We have our commemorative 90th Anniversary umbrellas available in the School Shop now.

90TH ANNIVERSARY UMBRELLAS AVAILABLE IN SCHOOL SHOP5 August

We have our commemorative 90th Anniversary umbrellas available in the School Shop now.

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This Sunday is another of our Family and Friends’ Services entitled Winter Feast. It is designed to coincide with the notional end of our winter appeal for St Johns (Church) Care in Reid and the collection for the service will all go to them this time. I say notional because we leave out baskets for donations throughout the year. The next big push for St Johns will be next term for Christmas presents, so stay tuned for more about that.

CHAPEL NEWS5 August

This Sunday is another of our Family and Friends’ Services entitled Winter Feast. It is designed to coincide with the notional end of our winter appeal for St Johns (Church) Care in Reid and the collection for the service will all go to them this time. I say notional because we leave out baskets for donations throughout the year. The next big push for St Johns will be next term for Christmas presents, so stay tuned for more about that.

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Ella Borgo (Year 7) recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the North American Irish Dance Championships – a premier event which included 4,500 competitors. Ella’s hard work and commitment paid off with her best dancing to date.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS5 August

Ella Borgo (Year 7) recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the North American Irish Dance Championships – a premier event which included 4,500 competitors. Ella’s hard work and commitment paid off with her best dancing to date.

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We wish Grammarian Zoe Buckman (2006) all the best as she heads off to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Women’s 1500m event taking place on Saturday, 13 August.

Zoe made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games in the women’s 1500m finishing eighth in her heat and tenth in her semi-final.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS5 August

We wish Grammarian Zoe Buckman (2006) all the best as she heads off to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Women’s 1500m event taking place on Saturday, 13 August. Zoe made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games in the women’s 1500m finishing eighth in her heat and tenth in her semi-final.

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