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24 June 2016
An exciting new partnership with the University of Canberra Capitals has been announced.

STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UC CAPITALS

An exciting new partnership with the University of Canberra Capitals has been announced.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I have always enjoyed visiting other schools and seeing the variety of ways that schools can approach quality teaching and learning. In England, as a serving Principal, I was also a qualified School Inspector for 13 years. This involved a week long scrutiny of a school, with a team of 10 or 12 professionals, to look at every aspect of the school’s operation. This was fascinating and probably one of the best professional learning experiences I have had.

Now that I have been at CGGS for 5 and a half years, the School Board has granted me a sabbatical. For the first 3 weeks of next term I shall be travelling in the UK, visiting schools, to see how they are approaching STEM, digital technology and how they now use their libraries/information centres. I am sure I will see many other interesting aspects along the way too.

So, I wish you a happy, enjoyable and relaxing Winter break. Unusually, you will not hear from me in the Weekly Update until Week 4 next Term.

Happy holidays!

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

I was really pleased for the students who participated in the World’s Greatest Shave event earlier in the semester when we received a call this week indicating that CGGS has come top of the fundraising list for this year’s event.

The placing on the list was not the priority here other than the recognition of the generosity of all those who valued the cause and contributed. I was pleased for our students because they did put in an extraordinary effort and modelled our commitment to altruistic endeavour.

Congratulations also to Mr Martin and Kilburn House for the well organised and very successful Red Nose Day lunchtime gathering in the quad.

As we come to the end of Semester One I would like to express my appreciation of the support given by parents in so many different ways across academic, pastoral and co-curricular endeavours.

The Academic Reports will go out during the holidays – an important opportunity to talk, reflect and renew commitments to striving to do one’s best.

The students are wonderful to work with and the staff are caring, committed and professional. It is such a pleasure to be part of the CGGS community and I wish everyone a very safe and enjoyable family time together over the break.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

In our ‘Year of Innovation’ it is important to remember the power of collaboration. While we may have romantic notions about individual genius and eureka moments, research indicates and history confirms that most game changing ideas are clearly collaborative projects, sometimes involving large numbers of people. In his presentation for Big Think, Tim Sanders outlines 3 myths that surround our understanding of innovation (1) the lone wolf inventor; (2) the eureka moment and; (3) the myth of the expert.

Many of us view successful and innovative people with awe and marvel at their creative genius, categorising them as rare and exceptional human beings. However, Sanders reports that great historical and contemporary figures like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs couldn’t have achieved what they did without a team of people working with and for them. Perhaps most surprisingly Thomas Edison, whose name is on 10,000 patents, was not a lone inventor but one of a group of 14 creative people who worked together and effectively changed the way people live. Among the things Edison and his talented group created is the long lasting electric light bulb, the motion picture camera, and the phonograph. Steve Jobs, often cited as a creative genius, openly credited his partners and employees with inventing the Apple technology that has become an integral part of our lives. Without Steve Wozniak there would have been no original Apple, without Jony Ive no iPod, and without Tony Fadell no iPhone. So while Jobs was a driving force and a guiding hand, he didn’t act alone.

The second myth is the eureka moment and we have a number of stories embedded in our collective cultural memory that propagate this view. The one that immediately springs to my mind is the story of Isaac Newton sitting under the apple tree and suddenly thinking of the Universal Law of Gravitation when an apple falls on his head. However, although a kernel of an idea may form in an individual’s mind it is only after it is worked on, bounced off other people, deconstructed and reconstructed many times that we have something worthwhile.

Lastly, the myth of the expert may be a barrier to collaboration if we only work with those who are completely versed in the field of endeavour. Sanders believes that it is often those on the edge of a domain that will ask the most poignant questions and come up with the most creative solutions. His advice is inclusivity.

For our students debunking these myths goes hand in glove with our focus on growth mindset and the power of ‘yet’. We can all aspire to excel at innovation and are more likely to be successful if we work together; valuing everyone’s perspective and contribution, and embrace setbacks and challenges as necessary to the learning and refining processes.

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School 

Tickets for this year’s CGGS P&F Gala Ball have officially gone on sale today!

P&F ASSOCIATION MASQUERADE BIRTHDAY BALL24 June

Tickets for this year’s CGGS P&F Gala Ball have officially gone on sale today!

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Congratulations to the following girls for their great success at the recent ACT Cross Country Championships.

JUNIOR SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS23 June

Congratulations to the following girls for their great success at the recent ACT Cross Country Championships.

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Kilburn House has maintained the tradition of supporting SIDS and Kids ACT as marked by the Red Nose Market Day held on Wednesday 22 June.

KILBURN SEES RED IN SUPPORT OF SIDS AND KIDS ACT23 June

Kilburn House has maintained the tradition of supporting SIDS and Kids ACT as marked by the Red Nose Market Day held on Wednesday 22 June.

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110 girls attended Music at Midday on the June 21 as part of the band co-curricular program.

MUSIC AT MIDDAY23 June

110 girls attended Music at Midday on the June 21 as part of the band co-curricular program.

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On Tuesday during recess, an exhibition was held in the Science atrium, showcasing the semester-based projects of Year 9 and Year 10 Independent Learning Program students.

YEAR 9 & 10 ILP SHOWCASE23 June

On Tuesday during recess, an exhibition was held in the Science atrium, showcasing the semester-based projects of Year 9 and Year 10 Independent Learning Program students.

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Year 7 Japanese students celebrated the Japanese star festival Tanabata on Friday 17 June. The Tanabata festival originated from the Chinese legend of two lovers in heaven who were punished by being separated and and permitted to meet on earth only once a year on July 7.

YEAR 7 JAPANESE STUDENTS CELEBRATE START FESTIVAL24 June

Year 7 Japanese students celebrated the Japanese star festival Tanabata on Friday 17 June. The Tanabata festival originated from the Chinese legend of two lovers in heaven who were punished by being separated and and permitted to meet on earth only once a year on July 7.

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On Thursday 16th of June the doors to Grammars Got Talent opened. The night was a huge success and all performers were wonderful. We had 6 special guests and judges, 15 acts, and many sponsors of the evening.

GRAMMARS GOT TALENT23 June

On Thursday 16th of June the doors to Grammars Got Talent opened. The night was a huge success and all performers were wonderful. We had 6 special guests and judges, 15 acts, and many sponsors of the evening.

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On a cold, foggy Monday morning at the end of May twelve year 9 students from CGGS attended Altitude Day at the ANU Commons.

ALTITUDE DAY: A LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR YEAR 9 STUDENTS23 June

On a cold, foggy Monday morning at the end of May twelve year 9 students from CGGS attended Altitude Day at the ANU Commons.

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On Thursday 16 June, parents, staff and students were treated with a lovely lunchtime concert.

YEAR 7 AND LEVEL 1 BAND LUNCHTIME PERFORMANCE24 June

On Thursday 16 June, parents, staff and students were treated with a lovely lunchtime concert.

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It is exciting to announce that two of our Grammar girls have made it through a stringent audition process to be granted the opportunity to perform at the X Factor live auditions.

CGGS STUDENTS MAKE IT TO X FACTOR LIVE AUDITIONS23 June

It is exciting to announce that two of our Grammar girls have made it through a stringent audition process to be granted the opportunity to perform at the X Factor live auditions.

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Staff from the Boarding House and Community Relations teams enjoyed meeting the locals in Griffith and Wagga Wagga last week.

OUR REGIONAL CONNECTIONS23 June

Staff from the Boarding House and Community Relations teams enjoyed meeting the locals in Griffith and Wagga Wagga last week.

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Senior School Level 1 String Ensemble and Senior School Level 1 Band

MUSIC NEWS23 June

Senior School Level 1 String Ensemble and Senior School Level 1 Band

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Congratulations to Ashley Vowles and Leah Robertson who have been selected to represent the ACT at the Australian Calisthenic Federation’s National Championships at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide on Thursday 7 July.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS23 June

Congratulations to Ashley Vowles and Leah Robertson who have been selected to represent the ACT at the Australian Calisthenic Federation’s National Championships at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide on Thursday 7 July.

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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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Don’t miss out on your chance to attend the Canberra Girls Grammar School cocktail reception in London on Tuesday 5 July 2016.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS24 June

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend the Canberra Girls Grammar School cocktail reception in London on Tuesday 5 July 2016.

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