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11 March 2016
On Thursday, ten brave girls saved their heads for the World’s Greatest Shave in support of the Leukaemia Foundation, supporting families and searching for cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. It was a very eventful day that got the whole Senior School together to watch the girls get their heads shaved, and some lucky girls even got to colour Mr Kent’s hair!

STUDENTS SHAVE FOR A CURE

On Thursday, ten brave girls saved their heads for the World’s Greatest Shave in support of the Leukaemia Foundation, supporting families and searching for cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. It was a very eventful day that got the whole Senior School together to watch the girls get their heads shaved, and some lucky girls even got to colour Mr Kent’s hair!

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

International Women’s Day has marked the achievements, concerns and struggles of women for more than a century. It’s theme this year is ‘Pledge for Parity’ and the official International Women’s Day website is calling on everyone, men and women, to take the pledge to achieve gender parity in areas such as the economy, education, health and politics. Much has been achieved since the days of the suffragettes but, around the world, there are many issues still to be addressed.

To honour International Women’s Day here are some quotes from women who have made a difference.

Extremists have shown what frightens them most, a girl with a book’.
Malala Yousafzai

You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right’.
Aung San Suu Kyi

'I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.'
Mother Theresa

‘I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
Jane Austen

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.’
Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage may be the most important of all virtues because without it one can not practise any other virtue with consistence.
Maya Angelou

Here’s to good women – may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The Head of the River regatta held last weekend at the International Rowing Centre in Sydney, was for many teams, a culmination of a season of early mornings, hard work and the development of great teamwork. Students, parents and the rowing staff, especially Mr Gwynn-Jones, are to be commended for their commitment to developing a fine spirit in the rowing community.

The Senior 1st Quad: Annalise Murn (cox, Year 12 Waverley), Julia Cronan (Year 12 Glebe), Rachel Toohey (Year 12, Glebe), Allulah-Beth Collins (Year 10 Glebe), Bianca Gillett (Year 11 Kilburn) have progressed to the National Championships this weekend after their victory by seven boat lengths on the weekend! We wish them well.

I was particularly taken by the efforts of the Year 8 - 4th Quad: Sarah O’Connor (Year 8 Waverley), Alexandra Peters (Year 8 Burgmann), Taylor Burns (Year 8 Waverley), Ayva Craig (Year 8 Robertson), Annabelle Ryan (Cox, Year 8 Kilburn) last weekend, who after about two hundred metres into the race, broke an oar. They were offered the chance to retire by race officials, which they declined, and chose to row the course and complete the race. While deeply disappointed that their season ended in such a way they can take heart from English lexicographer, critic and essayist Samuel Johnson’s observation ‘Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.’

The U16 Indoor Hockey team played their grand final on Sunday afternoon in very hot conditions. While they did not win the match, I was enormously proud of the way they also persevered in the heat. Their second half defensive effort was amazing. Congratulations also on a great season.

On Thursday we had nearly a dozen students participate in the World’s Greatest Shave event. The generosity of the girls in having their head shaved for such an important cause as the Leukaemia Foundation was appreciated by all involved. My thanks also to Ms Jenny Hall and her staff for the superb organisation behind the very successful Senior Swimming Carnival held at the AIS pool. The House spirit was very evident on the day. Thank you also to the BBQ volunteers – these hot days make such activities a challenge. This long weekend is an Exeat weekend for the Boarding House community and a well- deserved break for all. Enjoy!

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Jeanette Widmer

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE

Adapted from the work by Michael Herbert, Taking Students to a Higher Place are some significant messages of how staff and students relate at school.

Taking Students to a Higher Place
By Michael Herbert

Young people need caring adults in their day and schools are full of generous women and men who go beyond the call of duty in the best interests of their students.

Sometimes this care for students needs to be gentle, parent and supportive. There is nothing new about that thought.

However, it is not the only way to show genuine care for students.

Consider this: A person walking through a forest will notice and appreciate many wonderful things. But they will have very little understanding of the forest in its entirety. To see and appreciate the big picture, they must climb to a higher place.

As educators, the quality of care for students is only proven by the evidence of how we are helping them see the big picture of life.

Here are some signposts for educators to recognise as they help students climb to a higher place:

  • I am not their friend, I am their leader.
  • I will build mutual respect, the essential basis for all relationships in a school. Ralph Waldo Emerson says “The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” This lays the foundation for mutual respect to develop.
  • I will discipline students but, more importantly, I will teach them to be self--‐disciplined.
  • I will discern the difference between what they want and what they need, teaching them the importance of making informed decisions.
  • I will speak lovingly but I will tell them the truth. Carol Dweck from Stanford University says: “It is dangerous to tell children they can achieve anything.”
  • I will teach students to respond to their world with their heart, their mind and their soul.

Jeanette Widmer
Director of Pastoral Care

Jane O'Brien

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

All students in years, 7 and 9 are expected to sit the NAPLAN tests which this year will be held 10-12 May 2016. However, there are some instances where students may be exempted from one or more of the NAPLAN tests or marked absent (for the purpose of the tests) or withdrawn from the tests. Exemptions may be granted for students with a language background other than English or for students with a disability. Information on the types of adjustments available and for the necessary paperwork to apply for the exemption can be obtained from the NAPLAN website or the school. The forms should be forwarded to the school as soon as possible.

Jane O’Brien
Director of Teaching and Learning

During the Junior School Assembly on 29 February, the Year 6 Rostrum Grand Final was held. Seven finalists from across all of Year 6 had been chosen to present their speeches to an entranced audience of students, teachers and parents.

YEAR 6 ROSTRUM FINALS11 March

During the Junior School Assembly on 29 February, the Year 6 Rostrum Grand Final was held. Seven finalists from across all of Year 6 had been chosen to present their speeches to an entranced audience of students, teachers and parents.

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After months of hard work, loads of early mornings, heaps of pasta and many blisters, the CGGS Rowing Club travelled up the highway for last time as a Shed for the 2016 season last Friday to compete in the NSW SGHOTR. All the crews had a good training session out at the course on Friday afternoon before we all headed back to the motel. At the end of dinner that evening, Sarah McCredie & Rachel Toohey (Captain of Boats & Vice-Captains of Boats) presented crested gym towels to every girl in the team as the ‘Shed Gift’ for 2016.

103 ATHLETES, 21 CREWS, 17 COACHES, 1 SCHOOL11 March

After months of hard work, loads of early mornings, heaps of pasta and many blisters, the CGGS Rowing Club travelled up the highway for last time as a Shed for the 2016 season last Friday to compete in the NSW SGHOTR. All the crews had a good training session out at the course on Friday afternoon before we all headed back to the motel. At the end of dinner that evening, Sarah McCredie & Rachel Toohey (Captain of Boats & Vice-Captains of Boats) presented crested gym towels to every girl in the team as the ‘Shed Gift’ for 2016.

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Year 12 IB Theory of Knowledge students travelled to the Australian Academy of Science headquarters at the Shine Dome on 3 March.

TOK AT THE SHINE DOME11 March

Year 12 IB Theory of Knowledge students travelled to the Australian Academy of Science headquarters at the Shine Dome on 3 March.

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In just a few short weeks the members of the Dragon Boat club will head over to Adelaide to compete in the Australian Championships, as well as the World Club Crew Championships. To assist in our preparation for these events, over the past weekend a mini training camp was held on Saturday morning, working in our Australian Championship boats in mixed 20s and having a first paddle in our World’s Women’s 10s crews, adjusting to the changes.

DRAGON BOATS UPDATE11 March

In just a few short weeks the members of the Dragon Boat club will head over to Adelaide to compete in the Australian Championships, as well as the World Club Crew Championships. To assist in our preparation for these events, over the past weekend a mini training camp was held on Saturday morning, working in our Australian Championship boats in mixed 20s and having a first paddle in our World’s Women’s 10s crews, adjusting to the changes.

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We are seeking expressions of interest from 2016 Year 9, 10 and 11 students of CGGS who would like to experience the history, language and religion of Spain.

HISTORY, LANGUAGE AND RELIGION IN SPAIN3 March

We are seeking expressions of interest from 2016 Year 9, 10 and 11 students of CGGS who would like to experience the history, language and religion of Spain.

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The Indoor Hockey Grand Finals quickly approached this season and we are proud to say our CGGS U16 Green Team made it all the way. It was a tough game on Sunday afternoon in 35°C at Lyneham Indoor Hockey Centre against the University Juniors team, however, all the girls fought hard and put in their all until the very end.

Indoor Hockey 201611 March

The Indoor Hockey Grand Finals quickly approached this season and we are proud to say our CGGS U16 Green Team made it all the way. It was a tough game on Sunday afternoon in 35°C at Lyneham Indoor Hockey Centre against the University Juniors team, however, all the girls fought hard and put in their all until the very end.

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DOROTHEA MACKELLAR AWARDS11 March

On Tuesday, 1 March, the English Captains, Emily Alder (12R) and Sara Warner (11D) along with Ms Devlin and Ms Willis attended the launch of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry competition at Parliament House.

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Senior and Junior School swimming carnivals - As with many of our events at the school both of these started with a small ceremony to bless the occasion. In this case we use an idea borrowed from our Greek Orthodox sisters and brothers and have the house captains swim for a wooden cross which is thrown into the water as part of the opening ceremony.

CHAPEL NEWS11 March

Senior and Junior School swimming carnivals - As with many of our events at the school both of these started with a small ceremony to bless the occasion. In this case we use an idea borrowed from our Greek Orthodox sisters and brothers and have the house captains swim for a wooden cross which is thrown into the water as part of the opening ceremony.

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Over the past week and a half Director of Admissions, Barbara Connolly and Director of Studies, Tara Dunstall have visited China, Hong Kong and are currently in Japan attending the education expos run by Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS).

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS11 March

Over the past week and a half Director of Admissions, Barbara Connolly and Director of Studies, Tara Dunstall have visited China, Hong Kong and are currently in Japan attending the education expos run by Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS).

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