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18 March 2016
March 14 is known as Pi Day around the world. On this day, mathematicians celebrate Pi (π) recognizing its unique place in Mathematics. To recognise the day, girls competed to see who could recite the most digits of Pi from memory. Eager candidates gathered in the Science atrium, striving to win the prestigious Pi earrings.

PI DAY COMPETITION

March 14 is known as Pi Day around the world. On this day, mathematicians celebrate Pi (π) recognizing its unique place in Mathematics. To recognise the day, girls competed to see who could recite the most digits of Pi from memory. Eager candidates gathered in the Science atrium, striving to win the prestigious Pi earrings.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

‘We judge ourselves by our intent and we judge everyone else by their impact.’

Dom Thurbon, AHISA Conference, 15 March, 2016.

I attended the AHISA (Associated Heads of Independent Schools Australia) Conference on Tuesday. It was an interesting mix of speakers: Ian Chubb gave his usual insightful and sharply focused challenge about science education in Australia, Chris Richardson was both entertaining and informative about the economic future of the country. Bill Shorten, Simon Birmingham and Nick McKim covered the spectrum of political intent about education.

One quote stuck in my mind. Dom Thurbon is the founder and Chief Creative Officer at Karrikins Group, a growth focused consulting firm in Australia, New Zealand and North America. Dom’ work on quality teaching and school leadership has contributed to both AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) and AHISA. He told the story of speaking at a conference for CEO’s recently. He asked them to shut their eyes and then raise their hands if they always worked with integrity and fairness. All the room, without exception, raised their arm. Then he asked them to indicate if they felt others in their industry always acted with integrity and fairness. Without exception, no one raised their arm.

So his conclusion was that we judge ourselves by our intent and others by their impact. This is a two edged problem. Our intent is important but it must be translated into action and impact to have any effect. Similarly, we can not dismiss others intent simply because it has not achieved a significant impact yet.

This is particularly true in an educational setting; we want everything we do to have a positive impact on our students learning. It is not enough to have good intentions; we need to have plans to turn those good intentions into effective action.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

This week we welcomed a group of fourteen German exchange students and two staff from the Pascal Gymnasium in Münster, Germany. The reciprocal arrangement has been in place for over ten years with an exchange and homestay taking place every two years. My thanks to Ms Rhiannon Richards and her staff for the organisation of the visit and to the CGGS host families and staff for their generous offer of homestay accommodation. The group will be with us until Tuesday of next week.

At our Assembly this week we had a wide range of presentations and reports including two special guests. Ms Angie Piubello, from the Beryl Women’s Refuge, spoke about domestic violence and her appreciation that the Senior Council had chosen the Refuge as their 2016 charity focus. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr Matt Anderson, gave us an insight into Hope Town Orphanage, which Deakin tutor group PD6 have as their charity focus, and his pride in being a White Ribbon representative. PD6 and their tutor Mrs Spiker have been loyal supporters of the orphanage.

"The orphanage, better known as Mahboba’s Promise was founded by Mahboba Rawi, an Afghan refugee and now an Australian citizen, who has experienced first-hand the effects of a country torn apart by years of war and civil unrest.“While I live and breathe I will work tirelessly to protect, heal and educate the women and children of Afghanistan.” – Mahboba Rawi.

Mahboba’s Promise is an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to the women and children of Afghanistan. Founded in 1998, Mahboba’s Promise began its mission by helping to care for Afghan refugees who had been forced into a refugee camp in Pakistan by a devastating earthquake in Takhar, Afghanistan. Mahboba’s Promise’s ongoing projects have provided education and homes for children, vocational skills and training for women, and support and health care access for the wider community; and over 15 years later, still stands as a respected and effective organisation bringing valuable, sustainable change to the people of war-torn Afghanistan. - Mahhoba’s Promise website.

At the assembly the Swimming Carnival results were announced: 6th place = Burgmann; 5th place = Kilburn; 4th place = Glebe; 3rd place = Deakin; 2nd place = Waverley and 1st place to Robertson. All places received an extremely loud and enthusiastic response! The National rowing championships continue this week and over the coming weekend – results in the Weekly Update next week.

Congratulations to Madeleine Bessell-Koprek (Year 9, Burgmann) who was announced this week as the winner of the ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize. The writing competition is part of the Noted Writer’s Festival currently being held in Canberra – finishing this Sunday March 20. Madeleine received her award last Thursday evening at an event that included the awarding national literary award, the Stella Prize. Madeleine's story will be published in the Canberra Times. Well done!

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Damaris Patterson

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

It always gives me a great feeling of pride when the Junior School is able to showcase to the wider community the excellence that occurs on a daily basis.

School Tours are an example of this, providing the opportunity for prospective students and their families to see the Junior School in action. The first of these for 2016 was held on Wednesday. Indiana Saunders, Head Girl and Jacqueline Davis, Deputy Head Girl welcomed our visitors and spoke with genuine passion about their experiences of curricula and co-curricular offerings as well as the strong sense of pastoral care shown by the staff.

Wednesday also saw the launch of Grammar Gazette and JSTV. These two innovations led by our Year 6 Publicity and Innovations Committees showcase events and activities that are occurring in the Junior School. Junior School students and staff had lunch in the hall together as they shared the very first episode of JSTV, featuring an interview with our Principal, Mrs Anne Coutts. Details of how these online publications can be securely accessed will be shared in the Head of Junior School Weekly Email to Parents. Thank you to Mrs Alex Galland and Miss Lucy Badzim for their leadership in these initiatives.

Sharing our excellence with the wider professional community is always rewarding. On Friday the Junior School hosted over fifty Junior School leaders from Independent Schools across the ACT and New South Wales for the Annual IPSHA Joint Deputies and Curriculum Coordinators Conference. The theme for the conference was ‘Supporting Innovative Classroom Practices in a Junior School Setting’ tying in beautifully with the CGGS direction for 2016. Mrs Alex Galland, Mrs Bethany Farrell, Miss Tara Bourne and Mrs Meghan Scougall all confidently shared their expertise, proving that CGGS is truly a leader of excellence in the area of innovation. Thank you to Mr Luke Ritchie for organising this successful event.

We look forward to further opportunities to share our innovative practices as the year progresses.

Damaris Patterson
Head of Junior School

In 11ENGMM and 8EN7 we were recently fortunate to enjoy a visit from author and Paraguayan Chargé d'Affaires, Mr Esteban Bedoya. Perhaps best known for his novella, The Apocalypse According to Benedict, a work published in 2008 in which the author has Benedict retire...

PARAGUAYAN AUTHOR VISITS ENGLISH CLASSES17 March

In 11ENGMM and 8EN7 we were recently fortunate to enjoy a visit from author and Paraguayan Chargé d'Affaires, Mr Esteban Bedoya. Perhaps best known for his novella, The Apocalypse According to Benedict, a work published in 2008 in which the author has Benedict retire...

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This week, the Junior School Publicity and Innovation Committees launched our very own online newspaper (Girls Grammar Gazette) and TV channel (JSTV).

JUNIOR SCHOOL ONLINE NEWSPAPER AND TV CHANNEL LAUNCHED 18 March

This week, the Junior School Publicity and Innovation Committees launched our very own online newspaper (Girls Grammar Gazette) and TV channel (JSTV).

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In honour of International Women’s Day, Sarina Hicks (Year 11), Imogen Laing (Year 11) and Jessie Glassock (Year 12) attended the Women in Defence high tea last Thursday.

STUDENTS ‘DARING TO LEAD’17 March

In honour of International Women’s Day, Sarina Hicks (Year 11), Imogen Laing (Year 11) and Jessie Glassock (Year 12) attended the Women in Defence high tea last Thursday.

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The AIS Aquatic Centre underwent a transformation last week as CGGS Senior Students gathered for the annual Senior School House Swimming Carnival. Houses each dressed up in the chosen theme, chants rung out and our students put in some terrific performances in the pool.

SENIOR SCHOOL HOUSE SWIMMING CARNIVAL17 March

The AIS Aquatic Centre underwent a transformation last week as CGGS Senior Students gathered for the annual Senior School House Swimming Carnival. Houses each dressed up in the chosen theme, chants rung out and our students put in some terrific performances in the pool.

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This Sunday is Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, and starts Holy Week in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Church calendar. Unlike previous years we are not having a family and friends service on either Palm Sunday or Easter and I encourage you to connect with a local church during this time if that is part of your tradition.

CHAPEL NEWS17 March

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, and starts Holy Week in the Anglican and Roman Catholic Church calendar. Unlike previous years we are not having a family and friends service on either Palm Sunday or Easter and I encourage you to connect with a local church during this time if that is part of your tradition.

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Congratulations to the following students on being selected to represent the South Weston Region at the ACT softball carnival to be held on Thursday 7 April:

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS17 March

Congratulations to the following students on being selected to represent the South Weston Region at the ACT softball carnival to be held on Thursday 7 April:

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On Tuesday, 15 March renowned contemporary artist and former grammar student Nike Savvas (1981) visited as a guest speaker to students in the years 9-12 taking Art, Graphics or Photography as an elective. As a former art student of CGGS, Nike reflected on how she enjoyed the course while in school, and how it sparked the beginning of a long fascination and love for art which followed her into her professional life.

GRAMMARIANS' NEWS17 March

On Tuesday, 15 March renowned contemporary artist and former grammar student Nike Savvas (1981) visited as a guest speaker to students in the years 9-12 taking Art, Graphics or Photography as an elective. As a former art student of CGGS, Nike reflected on how she enjoyed the course while in school, and how it sparked the beginning of a long fascination and love for art which followed her into her professional life.

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