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4 March 2016
Yesterday we held our 90th Anniversary Church Service at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka – a service specifically for the CGGS Community to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Canberra Girls Grammar School.

CGGS 90TH ANNIVERSARY CHURCH SERVICE

Yesterday we held our 90th Anniversary Church Service at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka – a service specifically for the CGGS Community to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Canberra Girls Grammar School.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

On the 1st of March it was World Compliment Day. Did you know? When I was young, my parent’s generation were very wary of paying their children compliments. I overheard them say, on more than one occasion ‘Oh, don’t tell her that, it will only make her head swell.’

I swung to the opposite end of the spectrum and tried to pay my own children compliments regularly and encourage them as best I could. Their reaction was. ‘Oh, you always say that,’ or, ‘You’re my Mum, of course you think that.’ I don’t actually think that’s a bad reaction, children should have an innate conviction that we, as parents, are on their side.

However, back to compliments. It certainly makes my day when someone pays me a genuine compliment. I expect most people feel the same. It lifts our spirits and gives us reassurance. Do we sometimes think how well someone has done in a particular situation, but not told them so? Compliments cost nothing but the impact can be huge.

At school I have two useful files. A DIBNY (do it better next year) file where I list improvements we can make to school events, and a compliments file. We do from time to time receive emails or letters complementing our staff or students. It’s great, on a bad day, to open that file and re-read some of those compliments.

Let’s think, over this weekend, how we can tell our family and friends how much we value all they do.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The 2016 Senior Council began their year with a leadership skills outdoor education trip to Tallowa Dam. The few days away provided a wonderful opportunity to discuss and set 2016 goals on a personal level and as the senior student leadership group.

On Moderation Day this week our Senior Council attended a Year 12 Leadership Program with one hundred and twenty other senior leadership students from schools across Canberra. The program focussed on skills needed to be effective leaders. The first session of the day centred on building healthy relationships with peers, younger students and teachers and encouraged a team based approach to their leadership. As senior students they discussed key leadership questions such as – What is leadership? How do I lead? Why does leadership matter? These questions were explored through reflecting on and recognising their own strengths and investigating effective leadership qualities.

The second session explored their values and vision for the future whilst equipping them with skills to be the most effective leader they can be – including decision making, servant leadership, resolving conflict, finding a balance and celebrating diversity and difference.

The final session included leaving a legacy as a year group, exploring the challenges and difficulties in leadership and how we can positively address them and cultivating gratitude and finding perspective. The very positive atmosphere and sense of connection with student leaders from other schools made for a very rewarding and useful day.

Congratulations and thanks to Mareeta Grundy Reid, President of our CGGS P&F Association, for the success of the twilight picnic held last Friday evening. It was a lovely community event. The organising committee did a superb job and a special note of thanks to the students of the Senior Council for preparing and dispensing the pre-ordered picnic pack and to Year 8 students Avya Craig (Year 8 Robertson) and Amelia Reid (Year 8 Deakin) who were noteworthy for the generous manner in which they worked from straight after school until the close of the event.

We wish our rowers all the best for their Head of the River event at the Olympic Rowing Centre in Penrith this coming Saturday. Next week we have the Senior School Swimming Carnival and I would expect all students to attend and enjoy the House atmosphere – there are events for all swimming ability levels as well as the House "war cry" contest and the opportunity to share the day as a school community.

Best wishes

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Damaris Patterson

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

When I reflect on my own days at school of course I remember the facts and figures that we learnt in the classroom, the memorable teachers and the hot school lunches, however what I remember most vividly are the events that took place outside the classroom, the camps, excursions and overseas trips.

Over the next three weeks all of our Primary Years classes will be heading off to camp. These camps are complementary to the learning and development that takes place in the classroom in our pursuit to provide a holistic education for our students. At camp students develop a whole range of skills to assist them back in the classroom and in their everyday lives, such as, problem solving, independence, resilience, communication and leadership.

Early Learning Centre students and Junior Primary students experience a strong foundation towards future camps in their trips across the oval to the ‘big school’ and the variety of excursions that take them out of their usual routines and out of their comfort zone.

Many students find the prospect of camps and off campus experiences daunting. They may have understandable concerns: What if I can’t sleep? What if I can’t sit with my friend on the bus? What if I miss home? It is important that teachers and parents help children to feel positive as they embark on these adventures. This can be done by openly talking about concerns, talking positively about the activities ahead, packing together and being upbeat and cheerful on the morning of departure.

This year I have the privilege of attending the Year 4 camp to Borambola. I have mentioned this to many adults around Canberra and almost all of them who were brought up in the area light up as they relive their own Borambola experience. It is the same when talking about camp in general. With so many positive memories of camp, and no negative reports, we can be confident that no matter how anxious some children are in the anticipation of time away from home they will all return home full of excitement and stories to tell.

Damaris Patterson
Acting Head of Junior School 

On Sunday 28 February, Year 6 students Sarah Palmer and Charlotte Wright laid a wreath on behalf of the school at the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

YEAR 6 STUDENTS LAY WREATH AT THE LAST POST CEREMONY3 March

On Sunday 28 February, Year 6 students Sarah Palmer and Charlotte Wright laid a wreath on behalf of the school at the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

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Last Friday evening over 630 parents and students gathered for the first P&F Twilight Family Picnic.

There could have been no better way to kick off this year’s Canberra Girls Grammar School 90th Birthday celebrations.

FAMILY PICNIC RECEIVES RAVE REVIEWS!3 March

Last Friday evening over 630 parents and students gathered for the first P&F Twilight Family Picnic. There could have been no better way to kick off this year’s Canberra Girls Grammar School 90th Birthday celebrations.

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At assembly on Tuesday 23 February 2016 the members of the 2016 Safe School Committee were presented with their badges.

SAFE SCHOOL COMMITTEE 20163 March

At assembly on Tuesday 23 February 2016 the members of the 2016 Safe School Committee were presented with their badges.

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Congratulations to all students who participated in the swimming carnival. There were 311 students who entered races.

Well done and thank you to everyone who was involved, students, teachers and parents.

JUNIOR SCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL RESULTS3 March

Congratulations to all students who participated in the swimming carnival. There were 311 students who entered races. Well done and thank you to everyone who was involved, students, teachers and parents.

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After 10 weeks of the regular indoor hockey season (throughout Term 4 2015 and Term 1 2016) the semi-finals quickly approached.

Both the under 18 division 1 team and the under 16 green team made the semi-finals last weekend, with special mention going out to the under 16 red team who narrowly missed out.

INDOOR HOCKEY UPDATE3 March

After 10 weeks of the regular indoor hockey season (throughout Term 4 2015 and Term 1 2016) the semi-finals quickly approached. Both the under 18 division 1 team and the under 16 green team made the semi-finals last weekend, with special mention going out to the under 16 red team who narrowly missed out.

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As we are an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, one of our aims is to encourage our students in their internationally-mindedness.

At lunchtime on Thursday, 24 February the new Internationally Minded Committee organised a multilingual celebration in the library.

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY AT THE JUNIOR SCHOOL3 March

As we are an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school, one of our aims is to encourage our students in their internationally-mindedness. At lunchtime on Thursday, 24 February the new Internationally Minded Committee organised a multilingual celebration in the library.

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To avoid struggling home with a heavy backpack full of enormous textbooks, please remember that most textbooks and language workbooks come with an electronic version (online or CD).

MESSAGE FROM THE SENIOR SCHOOL LIBRARY3 March

To avoid struggling home with a heavy backpack full of enormous textbooks, please remember that most textbooks and language workbooks come with an electronic version (online or CD).

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All 22 crews have now had their final training sessions before the Head of the River regatta this coming weekend. Last weekend, we won five local Championships at the ACT Rowing Championships; WU15, 16, 17, 19 Coxed Quad and the WU15 Single Scull. We also won six silver and seven bronze medals - a great effort.

ROWING: PENULTIMATE WEEK 3 March

All 22 crews have now had their final training sessions before the Head of the River regatta this coming weekend. Last weekend, we won five local Championships at the ACT Rowing Championships; WU15, 16, 17, 19 Coxed Quad and the WU15 Single Scull. We also won six silver and seven bronze medals - a great effort.

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Our next family and friends service is on Sunday at 5:30pm in the chapel. It will be a Lenten service but because it is on refreshment Sunday there will be chocolate! Come along as part of your preparation for Easter.

CHAPEL NEWS4 March

Our next family and friends service is on Sunday at 5:30pm in the chapel. It will be a Lenten service but because it is on refreshment Sunday there will be chocolate! Come along as part of your preparation for Easter.

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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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Congratulations to Alanah Jansen (Year 9) who has been selected as Goalie for the ACT U15 Outdoor Hockey representative team.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS3 March

Congratulations to Alanah Jansen (Year 9) who has been selected as Goalie for the ACT U15 Outdoor Hockey representative team.

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Grammarian and Canberra-based author Dr. Penny Olsen (Woollard, 1965) has recently been featured in the Gang-Gang section of the Canberra Times for her lasting contribution to the biological richness and diversity of the blue planet.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS3 March

Grammarian and Canberra-based author Dr. Penny Olsen (Woollard, 1965) has recently been featured in the Gang-Gang section of the Canberra Times for her lasting contribution to the biological richness and diversity of the blue planet.

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