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19 February 2016
The Junior School has been ablaze with colour as we have started each day with a House breakfast. These breakfasts are an opportunity for staff, students and families to come together and develop a sense of House spirit for the coming year.

Junior School House Breakfasts

The Junior School has been ablaze with colour as we have started each day with a House breakfast. These breakfasts are an opportunity for staff, students and families to come together and develop a sense of House spirit for the coming year.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I was talking to the grandfather of a six year old today. He told me that she had been appointed to her Student Representative Council at school. Her reaction? "Oh, there’s so many meetings and all people do is talk, talk, talk!"

Welcome to the adult world!

It made me ponder that when we talk about balance in our children’s lives we are usually talking about co-curricular and academic. Rightly, we want them to balance their studies with sport, music and drama. We want them to have hobbies that can engage them. We want them to have exercise, to be out in the fresh air and to learn to work as a team.

But what about balance in their attitudes and behaviour? I want our students at Girls Grammar to be assertive but not aggressive. I’d like them to be able to put their point of view confidently, yet capable of listening to others with sensitivity. I certainly don’t want them to be ‘Yes women’ in any shape or form.

The student representative council is a great vehicle for learning this balance. To put it simply it is being able to listen as well as to speak and persuade.

Writer Charles Swindoll once found himself with too many commitments in too few days. He was nervous and tense. “I found myself snapping at my wife and children, choking down my food at mealtimes and feeling irritated at those unexpected interruptions through the day,” he recalls in his book Stress Fractures. “Before long things around our home started reflecting the patter of my hurry-up style. It was becoming unbearable.”

One evening his daughter wanted to tell him something important that had happened to her at school that day. She said, “I can tell you really fast Daddy.” Charles realised her frustration, felt ashamed and told her that she didn’t have to say it fast, that she could tell him slowly. She answered, “Then can you listen slowly?”

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

During the recent holiday break Abbey Friesen, (Year 11 Deakin), participated in a unique work experience opportunity with the Lowy Cancer Research Centre located at the University of NSW.

Abbey, upon her return to school, came in and asked if it would be possible for Dr Phoebe Phillips to come and share her work with the school at an Assembly. What struck me was not only the passionate manner in which Abbey spoke about the extraordinary work Dr Phillips is doing in the field of pancreatic cancer but I could see the personal impact Dr Phillips had made on Abbey. We so often talk about the importance of establishing a sound relationship in a classroom in order for quality learning to be possible. Dr Phillips had clearly ignited a passion for research work in Abbey as well as modelling an ability to communicate the scientific detail behind her research.

The following report (in part) describes Abbey’s time at the Lowy Research Institute:

‘Under the inspirational leadership of Dr. Phoebe Phillips (Senior Research Fellow - Head of the Pancreatic Cancer Transitional Research Group), and working with the Research Team, provided Abbey with a unique insight into the world of scientific research. Happily working long hours with the team, she viewed the commitment and dedication needed to take on this rewarding but challenging career. Abbey was noteworthy in the way she was able to develop friendly relationships with this young and inspiring team, viewing first hand that female participation at the highest level was achievable and encouraged.

Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with a dismal prognosis. The 5 year survival rate is less than 5% and most patients die within a few months.

Dr Phillip’s research team focuses on why pancreatic cancer is so bad and responds so poorly to treatment. Her studies have identified some proteins, which when blocked actually kill off pancreatic cancer helper cells. The research reveals that pancreatic cancer responds so poorly to treatment due to a scar tissue reaction that surrounds the tumor, therefore novel therapeutic approaches are needed. Current research is driven by the desire to improve the efficiency of the therapies for pancreatic cancer.

Abbey was able to work in the stunning modern purpose built scientific research building, a privilege few are afforded. Designed by Lahznimmo Architects this distinctive and award winning building was created to be a flexible and evolving research facility with a low level ecological footprint. Its bold colour scheme show the world that Australia boasts a strong and proud scientific tradition.

Dr Phillips said in relation to the work experience opportunity with Abbey: ‘I live in hope that in my lifetime I will improve survival of patients with pancreatic cancer. A highlight every day in my job is mentoring and transferring knowledge to young intelligent and enthusiastic women like Abbey. In turn I constantly learn so much from the students and my proudest moments are watching them achieve their highest goals. I have no doubt that Abbey has the potential to be a future leader in Australia – and hopefully I have planted the science/innovation bug in her blood.’ We are looking forward to finding a mutually appropriate time for Dr Phillips to visit CGGS and present to the Assembly. The Year 10 students of 2016 are already arranging their work experience opportunity and we are always very appreciative of the wide range of generous volunteer groups or businesses that are prepared to share their world and experience with our students.

The photos and reports back from our Year 8 camp this week have been great to receive. My thanks to the staff and students involved the camp experience.

*** A reminder to students that the 90th Anniversary full school photo will be taken next week. The uniform requirement is summer uniform with the blazer. Next Wednesday, 24 February, Years 10-12s photo will be taken in a block at 9.00am. Years 7-9 will be taken at 10.15am. The Junior School times are posted in their Weekly Update notices.

A huge congratulation s to Holly Abbey (Year 7 Waverley)! Holly recently defended her NSW Country Championships title for surf lifesaving and took out the Beach Sprint hat trick - the Gold medal for the third year in a row. A fantastic effort!

A final note – could I please ask parents not to drive under B Block and drop your daughters off at the lockers. There are many students in the area and we want to ensure the least possible risk to safety.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

Damaris Patterson

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.

Jane D. Hull

At this time of year schools and parents are focussed on getting into routines and establishing a firm footing for the year ahead with one goal in mind, success for students. This may be academic success, success in negotiating relationships, success in developing confidence or resilience, the list goes on.

The heart of this is the relationship between the school and the parent, in the shape of some form of involvement. This involvement can span from regular direct involvement in the classroom program to engaging with classroom activities via our class Blogs. There are a whole range of ways in which parents can strengthen their involvement with the School.

Next Tuesday evening there will be a Curriculum Information Session in the Junior School Hall at 7pm. Here you can become more involved in developing an understanding of what and how we teach and learn in the Junior School. Aimed more specifically at Early Learning Centre parents, on Tuesday 8 March there will be an Early Learning and Development session at 9.15am 8 March in the ELC Piazza. At this session parents will learn more about how to become involved in their child’s development. We are currently working on developing a calendar of information sessions for parents and will circulate that in the near future.

We are all busy in our daily lives, however, it is important to take some time out to browse Canvas, the School website, the school Diary and the Parent Handbook to explore ways you can be involved in your child’s schooling in order to best assist them in their learning journey.

Damaris Patterson
Acting Head of Junior School

Year 11 students participated in Peer Support Leadership Training delivered by their House tutors at Greenhills Retreat Centre.

PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM19 February

Year 11 students participated in Peer Support Leadership Training delivered by their House tutors at Greenhills Retreat Centre.

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On Monday afternoon, the Junior School staff engaged in some play-based learning in our new Innovation Space. Groups used the green screen and lights to film themselves in places such as Paris and Hawaii.

STAFF PLAYTIME IN THE INNOVATION SPACE!19 February

On Monday afternoon, the Junior School staff engaged in some play-based learning in our new Innovation Space. Groups used the green screen and lights to film themselves in places such as Paris and Hawaii.

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On Wednesday, 17 of February, 35 visual art students visited the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery to explore the practice of portraiture.

YEAR 10 VISUAL ART EXCURSION DAY19 February

On Wednesday, 17 of February, 35 visual art students visited the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery to explore the practice of portraiture.

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It might be expected that students’ energy levels would be fading come time for afternoon co-curricular activities following a Chisholm breakfast, however, enthusiasm was brimming over as the Junior School’s Robotics and Coding Club meet for the first time in our newly appointed Innovation space.

ROBOTICS AND CODING CLUB19 February

It might be expected that students’ energy levels would be fading come time for afternoon co-curricular activities following a Chisholm breakfast, however, enthusiasm was brimming over as the Junior School’s Robotics and Coding Club meet for the first time in our newly appointed Innovation space.

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During Week 2, Year 7 attended camp from Tuesday to Friday in Tathra on the NSW South Coast. The weather was perfect for all the fun filled team-building activities that were on offer.

YEAR 7 CAMP IN TATHRA19 February

During Week 2, Year 7 attended camp from Tuesday to Friday in Tathra on the NSW South Coast. The weather was perfect for all the fun filled team-building activities that were on offer.

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“I love that we actually ,have a library,” were the touching words written about our Junior School Library during ‘Library Lovers’ celebrations on Monday 15 February.

LIBRARY LOVERS CELEBRATIONS19 February

“I love that we actually ,have a library,” were the touching words written about our Junior School Library during ‘Library Lovers’ celebrations on Monday 15 February.

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CGGS has a long and proud tradition of offering scholarships to girls on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

We are delighted to announce the addition of a fourth scholarship commencing in 2017.

CGGS SCHOLARSHIPS CLOSING SOON12 February

CGGS has a long and proud tradition of offering scholarships to girls on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. We are delighted to announce the addition of a fourth scholarship commencing in 2017.

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Registrations close for the P&F Association’s Twilight Family Picnic at COB on Monday, 22 February, to avoid missing out book your place today!

FINAL CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE P&F ASSOCIATION’S TWILIGHT FAMILY PICNIC19 February

Registrations close for the P&F Association’s Twilight Family Picnic at COB on Monday, 22 February, to avoid missing out book your place today!

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Now that Lent has started in earnest the chapel committee are putting the St John's Care baskets out for collection again. Their weekly newsletter is always posted on the chapel window and includes this week's wish list of pasta sauce, long life milk, spaghetti, rice, toiletries.

CHAPEL NEWS19 February

Now that Lent has started in earnest the chapel committee are putting the St John's Care baskets out for collection again. Their weekly newsletter is always posted on the chapel window and includes this week's wish list of pasta sauce, long life milk, spaghetti, rice, toiletries.

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“Each individual within the School community is important and will be treated with respect, kindness and fairness.” This statement forms part of the Vision and Values of Canberra Girls Grammar School.

THE CGGS WAY19 February

“Each individual within the School community is important and will be treated with respect, kindness and fairness.” This statement forms part of the Vision and Values of Canberra Girls Grammar School.

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Last weekend, 3 CGGS crews travelled up to Penrith (again) to compete in the NSW Rowing Championships. This is a tough regatta with top end crews from QLD & VIC competing as well. It is used as to trial crews sometimes before they are entered in the Australian National & Australian Schools Rowing Championships which are held in March.

CGGS Rowers Triumph at NSW Rowing Championships19 February

Last weekend, 3 CGGS crews travelled up to Penrith (again) to compete in the NSW Rowing Championships. This is a tough regatta with top end crews from QLD & VIC competing as well. It is used as to trial crews sometimes before they are entered in the Australian National & Australian Schools Rowing Championships which are held in March.

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The Senior School House Swimming Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 9 March. It is an important event on the CGGS calendar and part of our whole School program. Our carnival theme is participation at all levels and I encourage all students to become involved in all aspects of the Carnival and support their House groups.

SENIOR SCHOOL HOUSE SWIMMING CARNIVAL19 February

The Senior School House Swimming Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 9 March. It is an important event on the CGGS calendar and part of our whole School program. Our carnival theme is participation at all levels and I encourage all students to become involved in all aspects of the Carnival and support their House groups.

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“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” Robert Greenleaf.

JUNIOR SCHOOL INDUCTION SERVICE 19 February

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” Robert Greenleaf.

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Following the successful launch of this exciting trip, a mixture of social service, leadership development, trekking and cultural experiences, a second parent and student information evening is being held next Tuesday, 23 February.

PERU 2017 ANTIPODEANS INFORMATION EVENING19 February

Following the successful launch of this exciting trip, a mixture of social service, leadership development, trekking and cultural experiences, a second parent and student information evening is being held next Tuesday, 23 February.

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No doubt you have all received your copy of the 2015 Burrawi magazine and enjoyed the articles and photos. Unfortunately there was a page omitted from the publication, however, we have printed inserts for anybody who would like one and the archived copies of Burrawi have been updated.

BURRAWI UPDATE19 February

No doubt you have all received your copy of the 2015 Burrawi magazine and enjoyed the articles and photos. Unfortunately there was a page omitted from the publication, however, we have printed inserts for anybody who would like one and the archived copies of Burrawi have been updated.

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Calling all members of the CGGS Community who are located in Hong Kong or Japan or know of someone that is! In March this year Canberra Girls Grammar School is hosting events in Hong Kong and Tokyo for members of our CGGS Community who are located there.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS19 February

Calling all members of the CGGS Community who are located in Hong Kong or Japan or know of someone that is! In March this year Canberra Girls Grammar School is hosting events in Hong Kong and Tokyo for members of our CGGS Community who are located there.

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