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10 June 2016
Last Friday, Deakin held their Market Day to raise money for the Shepherd Centre. Thankfully, the sun smiled and the rain held-off! Various Tutor Groups organized stalls, which included: Pretty Cup Cakes, Hot Chocolate and Cookies, Dumplings, Soup and Pasta, Fairy Floss, Spiders, and BBQ sausages.

DEAKIN HOUSE MARKET DAY

Last Friday, Deakin held their Market Day to raise money for the Shepherd Centre. Thankfully, the sun smiled and the rain held-off! Various Tutor Groups organized stalls, which included: Pretty Cup Cakes, Hot Chocolate and Cookies, Dumplings, Soup and Pasta, Fairy Floss, Spiders, and BBQ sausages.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

‘To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.’

Albert Einstein.

‘I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.’

Lou Holtz

Anyone who has spent any time with a four year old will know that curiosity is baked into the human experience. I remember all the ‘why’ questions that tumbled out in an unending stream when my children where young.

As children get older they sometimes feel they can not ask questions. They feel it’s not ‘cool’ or they feel vulnerable if they don’t know something. I believe that part of our task as teachers is to encourage questioning. It is a valuable skill and it is good to challenge assumptions and dig deeper.

So how do we do it?

  1. Make it safe. Fear kills curiosity. If we as teachers, or parents, are not explicit in encouraging big picture questions, then we are not allowing children to develop into independent thinkers.
  2. Make it cool. The people who are breaking new ground are the people asking questions. Questioners are often the explorers, the entrepreneurs. If you are a questioner you are going against the grain.
  3. Make it fun. Puzzles, mysteries and riddles are all ways to make the process fun. One of the reasons I enjoy teaching science is that it’s all about ‘what if…..’, and ‘how could we …..’.
  4. Make it stick. We should explore questions with our children. Don’t just say ‘what an interesting question’. We should go and research with them. What can we find out as a result of their question?

Of course, this process doesn’t always go smoothly. One small boy asked his father where he came from. His father took a deep breath and sat him down to tell him the facts of life. At the end the boy, looking a bit bewildered, said ‘But Peter came from Newcastle, where do I come from?’

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

da Vinci Decathlon – Excite, Enrich, Challenge

Last week we had two teams represent Canberra Girls Grammar School at the annual da Vinci Decathlon competition. This was an academic inter-school gala day which offered students the opportunity to participate in a variety of challenging activities in a team-based environment. Students engaged in a range of tasks including a general knowledge quiz, code-breaking, art and poetry, drama and engineering challenges.

Our Year Seven team of Sarah Davies, Laura Gardner, Maia Hehir, Maddison Klar, Jaimie Noonan, Lola Power, Caitlin Webb and Selena Wiesel came 1st in English, 2nd in General Knowledge and 3rd in Philosophy and Code Breaking for a top ten finish overall – an outstanding effort. Our Year Eight team of Felicity Allanson, Caitlin Boyes, Emma Byatt, Gemma Hudson, Zoe Melhuish, Nevinka Perera, Phoebe Varela and Veronique Winter came equal first in their division. They were particularly pleased because this meant they were back to back winners after their win in Year Seven last year. Congratulations also to Mrs Yvonne McGarry and the staff involved in preparing the students for the competition.

Competitions such as the da Vinci Decathlon offer students the opportunity to express and challenge themselves outside the classroom. The elements of working in a team, both in the preparation sessions and in the actual event, can spark the competitive aspect or the excitement of working under pressure of rigorous academic challenge. I see the same challenges in our debating teams. We often talk about encouraging our students to be ‘lifelong learners’. We encourage our students to take the lessons of the classroom and ask questions, look at problem solving approaches, to be curious and to be ever mindful of others. This story reminded me of these points:

The first day of College our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know.

I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze.

"Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel."

"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

"I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know." As we laughed she cleared her throat and began:

"We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success.

You have to laugh and find humour every day.

You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.

We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!

There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability.

The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change.

Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

At the year’s end Rose finished the College degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

 

I would also like to add my congratulations to Ari Warrington, (Year 11 Waverley), on her two Bronze medals in the U17 and U20 Women’s Sabre class of the Southeast Asia Pacific Fencing Championships held in the Philippines recently. As noted, in the latest Weekly Update edition, Ari is now ranked No.1 in Australia at the moment! Well done.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

On Wednesday, 1 June, two excited teams of girls headed away from the Junior School on the school bus to attend the Da Vinci Competition at CGS.

JUNIOR SCHOOL SUCCESS AT PRIMARY DA VINCI COMPETITION!10 June

On Wednesday, 1 June, two excited teams of girls headed away from the Junior School on the school bus to attend the Da Vinci Competition at CGS.

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Over the last two years the Year 10 Textiles and Design students have met with Fiona Kirk from Angel Gowns to discuss infant loss and the process involved with designing and constructing the gowns.

GIFT OF GRATITUDE RECEIVED FROM ANGEL GOWNS10 June

Over the last two years the Year 10 Textiles and Design students have met with Fiona Kirk from Angel Gowns to discuss infant loss and the process involved with designing and constructing the gowns.

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Last week, Year 5 Drama Club students entertained audiences with the traditional fairytale Cinderella.

YEAR 5 DRAMA CLUB PERFORMS CINDERELLA10 June

Last week, Year 5 Drama Club students entertained audiences with the traditional fairytale Cinderella.

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Debaters and public speakers have some exciting upcoming events to look forward to in the coming weeks: Kitchen Tyrrel, a poetry slam and PESA (a public speaking competition for those aged 15-18 years).

EXCITING FUTURE FOR DEBATING10 June

Debaters and public speakers have some exciting upcoming events to look forward to in the coming weeks: Kitchen Tyrrel, a poetry slam and PESA (a public speaking competition for those aged 15-18 years).

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A truly collaborative event took place in the Junior school on Wednesday, 25th May - Canberra Girls Grammar Junior School joined with over 500,000 participants in over 3,000 locations around Australia to host an ALIA event - National Simultaneous Storytime.

SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME10 June

A truly collaborative event took place in the Junior school on Wednesday, 25th May - Canberra Girls Grammar Junior School joined with over 500,000 participants in over 3,000 locations around Australia to host an ALIA event - National Simultaneous Storytime.

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On 16 June the Senior Council are hosting a Talent show fundraiser ‘Grammar’s Got Talent’ for their selected charity of 2016, Beryl Women’s Inc. This is an incredible establishment that provides shelter, security and support to women and children who have been a victim of domestic abuse.

DONATIONS FOR GRAMMARS GOT TALENT – WE NEED YOUR HELP10 June

On 16 June the Senior Council are hosting a Talent show fundraiser ‘Grammar’s Got Talent’ for their selected charity of 2016, Beryl Women’s Inc. This is an incredible establishment that provides shelter, security and support to women and children who have been a victim of domestic abuse.

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Year 10 Commerce students were given the opportunity to tour the High Court of Australia, as part of the Introduction to Law unit. Students learned about the different ways in which cases can be brought to the High Court and what the three courtrooms are used for.

HIGH COURT TOUR WITH 10CM110 June

Year 10 Commerce students were given the opportunity to tour the High Court of Australia, as part of the Introduction to Law unit. Students learned about the different ways in which cases can be brought to the High Court and what the three courtrooms are used for.

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The annual Year 6 Musical will be held over two nights on Wednesday, 22 and Thursday, 23 June in the Senior School Hall – commencing at 7.00pm

SNOW QUEEN – YEAR 6 MUSICAL10 June

The annual Year 6 Musical will be held over two nights on Wednesday, 22 and Thursday, 23 June in the Senior School Hall – commencing at 7.00pm

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

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SCHOOL SHOP10 June

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

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The Kate Tominac Cup is a tournament to find the best schoolgirls’ basketball team in the ACT and is always hotly contested. Our CGGS team played in this tournament last Thursday, 2 June.

BASKETBALL – KATE TOMINAC CUP10 June

The Kate Tominac Cup is a tournament to find the best schoolgirls’ basketball team in the ACT and is always hotly contested. Our CGGS team played in this tournament last Thursday, 2 June.

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CGGS Boarders have a special relationship with our chapel - The Chapel of the annunciation - not only is it their evacuation point if the fire alarm goes off in the Boarding House but they have a chapel service every Sunday at 5:30pm to start their week.

CHAPEL NEWS10 June

CGGS Boarders have a special relationship with our chapel - The Chapel of the annunciation - not only is it their evacuation point if the fire alarm goes off in the Boarding House but they have a chapel service every Sunday at 5:30pm to start their week.

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