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17 June 2016
As part of our current unit of inquiry under the Transdisciplinary Theme ‘How We Organise Ourselves’, Year 3 visited Government House to learn about the role of the Governor General.

YEAR 3’S VISIT TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE

As part of our current unit of inquiry under the Transdisciplinary Theme ‘How We Organise Ourselves’, Year 3 visited Government House to learn about the role of the Governor General.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

For me, lunchtimes at school are often filled with meetings of various sorts. Yesterday was a wonderful exception.

This year we have started a new music instrument program in Year 7. During the year every Year 7 student can learn to play an instrument for one semester. For many students this is the first time they have picked up an instrument, never mind trying to make a harmonious sound from it.

So, my wonderful lunchtime was listening to their first concert. The recital room was filled with parents and Year 7 girls; the buzz was palpable. Given that these students had only had two terms to learn their instruments the groups played very well together. There was a huge range of instruments from double basses, french horns and bassoons to violins, flutes and trumpets. What I found so engaging was their excitement and pride as they performed for us. I know that many of them will want to continue with their music.

Music is such a good discipline for students of every age. It teaches perseverance, listening to each other, accuracy, analytical skills and teamwork. Singing or playing music is therapeutic too. I well remember coming home after very busy days when I was teaching in England and having to force myself to get into the car to drive to my evening choir practice. After 2 hours singing, I was a new woman! All tiredness gone, feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

I recommend music learning, practice and performance to everyone.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

During the memorial service for Muhammad Ali on the weekend many of the speeches referred to his sense of others. ‘Service is the rent we pay for our room here on earth’ was one quote attributed to Ali.

His capacity to put words into action in raising the living conditions, spirit and hope of the marginalised was just one inspiring facet of Muhammad Ali’s character. Another comment attributed to Ali was ‘that hate, no matter the religion, race or colour that is doing the hating, is wrong.’  We still need the Ali’s of the world to stand up and reject racism, bigotry, cultural differences, hatred and oppression of any kind. Henri Nouwen (1992) in Becoming the Beloved wisely counselled, ‘I very much like the expression ‘breaking bread together’, because there the breaking and the giving are so clearly one. When we eat together we are vulnerable to one another. Around the table we can’t wear weapons of any sort. Eating from the same bread and drinking from the same cup call us to live in unity and peace.’

Our senior students have completed their week of tests and have followed up with BSSS Checking Day on Tuesday of this week. The Year 12 BSSS students have AST Trials this week before returning to classes to continue their academic program. The current Year 10 students and prospective new CGGS students to Year 11, 2017, experienced a day of attending senior classes this week. The students selected subjects they intend to study next year and attended lessons prepared and delivered by senior staff. The day gave students an opportunity to not only experience the subject first hand but a time to reflect on their choice of subject for 2017. My thanks to the staff who organised and prepared the day. Best wishes to the Junior School next week for their musical production to be held in CGGS hall on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

For my most recent Head of Senior School Morning Tea, which aims to recognise the students who unobtrusively show their sense of others around the school, I invited staff to nominate students by writing a brief citation capturing the reason for their recommendation.

MORNING TEA CELEBRATES THE QUIET ACHIEVERS17 June

For my most recent Head of Senior School Morning Tea, which aims to recognise the students who unobtrusively show their sense of others around the school, I invited staff to nominate students by writing a brief citation capturing the reason for their recommendation.

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On Tuesday, 14 June, over 20 CGGS students represented the school at the ACT Cross Country Championships. The girls ran their best with some pleasing results.

SUCCESS AT CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS17 June

On Tuesday, 14 June, over 20 CGGS students represented the school at the ACT Cross Country Championships. The girls ran their best with some pleasing results.

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On Tuesday, 14 June, the Year 10 Japanese class were treated to a wonderful Japanese cooking and crafting morning with Shuji and Alison Yamazaki, parents of Miho in Year 10.

YEAR 10 JAPANESE COOKING AND CRAFTING17 June

On Tuesday, 14 June, the Year 10 Japanese class were treated to a wonderful Japanese cooking and crafting morning with Shuji and Alison Yamazaki, parents of Miho in Year 10.

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On Wednesday, 8 June a select group of Year 10 Commerce students were invited to attend an election debate between Senator the Honourable Mathias Cormann and the Honourable Tony Burke.

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: ELECTION DEBATE INVITATION17 June

On Wednesday, 8 June a select group of Year 10 Commerce students were invited to attend an election debate between Senator the Honourable Mathias Cormann and the Honourable Tony Burke.

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On Thursday, 9 June the 7/8 CGGS Futsal team competed in the ACT-wide Futsal Cup Finals day.

Their first game was a semi-final and they played against Lyneham High School.

ACT FUTSAL CUP FINALS DAY 201617 June

On Thursday, 9 June the 7/8 CGGS Futsal team competed in the ACT-wide Futsal Cup Finals day. Their first game was a semi-final and they played against Lyneham High School.

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Year 10 students will be attending the CareersXpo at EPIC on Tuesday, 3 August.  Parents should soon receive an excursion letter with the details. There is also an evening session for Year 11 and 12 students to attend individually or with their parents.

CANBERRA CAREERS XPO17 June

Year 10 students will be attending the CareersXpo at EPIC on Tuesday, 3 August. Parents should soon receive an excursion letter with the details. There is also an evening session for Year 11 and 12 students to attend individually or with their parents.

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Last week, some Year 7 and 8 students were invited by the Chair of the ACT Fundraising Committee for the Australian Olympic Council to attend the ACT Government’s Donation announcement for the Australian Olympic team.

MEETING OLYMPIANS17 June

Last week, some Year 7 and 8 students were invited by the Chair of the ACT Fundraising Committee for the Australian Olympic Council to attend the ACT Government’s Donation announcement for the Australian Olympic team.

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The School Shop page of the website has been updated with special opening hours to cover the end of Term 2, holidays and the beginning of Term 3. Here is a summary the upcoming opening hours...

SCHOOL SHOP NEWS17 June

The School Shop page of the website has been updated with special opening hours to cover the end of Term 2, holidays and the beginning of Term 3. Here is a summary the upcoming opening hours...

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As we head into another wet week the houses in the Senior School are stepping up their contributions to the Anglicare Winter Appeal and we will be taking a load in next week to St John's Care in Reid.

CHAPEL NEWS17 June

As we head into another wet week the houses in the Senior School are stepping up their contributions to the Anglicare Winter Appeal and we will be taking a load in next week to St John's Care in Reid.

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Here's a snapshot of some student achievements which have occurred over the past couple of weeks. Congratulations to all the girls.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS17 June

Here's a snapshot of some student achievements which have occurred over the past couple of weeks. Congratulations to all the girls.

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Grammarian Selena Wool (Herring, 1997) has been awarded the 2016 Queensland Police Credit Union (QPCU) Everyday Hero Award for Achievement!

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS17 June

Grammarian Selena Wool (Herring, 1997) has been awarded the 2016 Queensland Police Credit Union (QPCU) Everyday Hero Award for Achievement!

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