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13 May 2016
Last week, Dr Tom Nehmy presented mental health workshops to years 8, 9 and 10 students, as well as a seminar to staff and later to parents - the day was a huge success.

HEALTHY MIND SECRETS REVEALED

Last week, Dr Tom Nehmy presented mental health workshops to years 8, 9 and 10 students, as well as a seminar to staff and later to parents - the day was a huge success.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I read an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review recently entitled “What Kind of a Thinker Are You?” by Mark Bonchek and Elisa Steele. They are emphasizing the importance of understanding how people think as we build teams or as we learn. They developed a simple three step process to help people to communicate and collaborate based on how they think. 

  1. Focus – do you tend to pay most attention to ideas, process, action or relationships when you think about a particular project or context? For example, in the morning is your first thought about the problems you need to solve in the day ahead, or the plans you need to make, or the actions you need to take or the people you need to see. The writers emphasise it isn’t about picking one focus to the exclusion of others, It’s about where your focus naturally lands.
  2. Orientation – do you tend to think big picture (macro) or detail (micro). A good way to identify this is what bothers you in meetings, are you more likely to complain about being bogged down by detail or about the discussion being too general.

 These dimensions are complementary to personality and skills. The writers suggest that the third step is to combine these two factors and see the thinking style at work in whatever context or setting you are facing.

This is a very simple way for our students to begin to know themselves and how they think. Dr Dietrich, our Careers Advisor, and myself have begun our series of individual conversations with every Year 10 student about their subject choices for Year 11 and their goals for the future. As part of this, we talk briefly with the student about how they are progressing using data in the form of simple graphs. Many students can identify their progress being underpinned by self-knowledge. “That was when I began to understand how I work best” or “That was when I realized it was all beginning to make sense”.

Even as adults we can benefit from first understanding how we think and then how others around us may approach the same problem differently. Teams that collaborate using these differences in focus and orientation are the teams that succeed.

I recommend reading the full article which gives more details and analysis about types of thinking.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

The P&F series of education evenings began very successfully last week. Dr Tom Nehmy, sponsored by the P&F led workshops with different year levels throughout the day and addressed a parent and staff gathering in the evening. The topics for each session were as follows:

Year 9 - Self-Compassion; Media Literacy; Optimalism and Gratitude

Year 10 - ‘Seven Secrets to a Healthy Mind’ - Focusing on integrating and applying multiple Healthy Minds concepts at this year level.

Year 8 - The function of emotions; The Helpful Thinking Process; Building Psychological Muscle; Appropriate Help Seeking for psychological difficulties- What’s normal and what’s not?

Parents/Staff - Overview of key concepts/’7 Secrets” -The essentials for your child’s resilience & wellbeing; Overview of latest relevant research findings; Identifying problems – what’s normal and what’s not?; Parent strategies for engagement, support & referral.

Typical of the parent/staff reactions were the following comments:

‘Thank you for the work you did to bring Tom here.’

‘I really enjoyed the sessions and there were lots of strategies and ideas that I can apply immediately.’

‘I think the sessions were pitched really well to the students and the changes to each session reflected the different age groups.’

‘I think Tom and what he had to say was fabulous!’

‘I liked Tom’s manner, his program linked to sound research and the activities he did with the students were really meaningful.”

I was interested in his comments related to ‘self-compassion’ – being less hard on yourself – perhaps asking questions like: What different questions could I ask in the future? or What other decisions could I have made in the situation?

Well done to Senior Hockey team who played St George’s School from Argentina at the National Hockey Centre on Monday afternoon. While the weather was cold wet and windy as you may recall, our team was very competitive. In terms of a result, 4-0 at halftime to St George’s School remained the final score. I was particularly proud of the manner in which team Captain – Victoria Smit addressed the post-match gathering. All the team and coaches are to be congratulated. A big thank you also to the ANU students who addressed Year 10 on Refugees and Year 8 on Cyber safety this week.

A reminder with regard to the interim winter coat – a black puffer style jacket –to be worn as the outer garment, over the winter uniform, including the school blazer. The puffer jacket is to be worn to and from school as the outer garment.

Congratulations to Mrs Coutts and the staff, parents and students who participated in the Mother’s day Classic last Sunday. Well done!

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

 

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

I am currently finding the Twitter platform a very useful tool. It allows me to connect with people and organisations in the global education community and it helps me keep up with the many great new ideas and initiatives that constantly emerge in the education space. A recent article I retweeted was originally posted by the Independent Schools Council. The gist of the piece was the importance of choice when parents are selecting a school for their child and how a mix of single-sex and co-ed schools is a great example of this.

Of course we can easily mount persuasive arguments for both co-ed and single sex schools citing their merits and referencing research. I went to both co-ed and single sex schools as did my daughters, and I have taught in co-ed and single sex schools. However, my recent appointment to CGGS has prompted me to reflect carefully on my experiences and I’d like to share that I believe more girls do well in a girls’ only environment. I am sure this is due to the freedom girls experience as they are given the space to have a go at all areas of the curriculum as well as assume leadership roles and responsibilities. If I want evidence to support my conclusion I need go no further than our Junior School classrooms where I have seen, rather than just read in journals, girls demonstrating how capable and competent they are academically and socially, and how confident they are to speak and to lead.

As our Junior School girls move into the Senior School they are arguably more susceptible to gender stereotypes as portrayed in the media. They may also find an increase in the social pressure to conform or behave in ways they believe will make them more popular. It is therefore prudent, at this juncture, to reflect on what type of education will serve them best. As I’ve already mentioned, common sense and knowing your child must prevail over statistics but it is still wise to look at credible research much of which has shown girls in single-sex schools are more likely to have:

  • Higher participation in Physics and upper levels of Mathematics courses
  • High occupational status in terms of acquiring leadership roles
  • A stronger sense of capability, positive attitude and increased engagement in Mathematics and Science courses
  • Higher achievement test scores
  • A decrease in stereotypical views
  • More student-teacher interaction and increased focus on class work
  • More engagement during Science and Mathematics classes

(Lee & Lockheed, 1990; Stables, 1990; Steinback & Gwitzdala 1995; Watson, Quatman & Edler, 2002; Rowe, 2003) – reproduced with permission from the Alliance of Girls’ School brochure “Why a Girls’ School?”

Warm regards

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

Welcome to Week 3, Term 2! We have certainly appreciated the steady rain falling across Canberra. For those families who need the rain, we hope it is happening in your area! The colours of the leaves are also stunning but there is less daylight to appreciate this as the darkness and cooler air sets in around 5.30 pm.

BOARDING HOUSE NEWS13 May

Welcome to Week 3, Term 2! We have certainly appreciated the steady rain falling across Canberra. For those families who need the rain, we hope it is happening in your area! The colours of the leaves are also stunning but there is less daylight to appreciate this as the darkness and cooler air sets in around 5.30 pm.

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The air will be heavy with exotic food at the CGGS P&F Night Markets next Friday, 20 May at 5.30pm.

Excite your tastebuds at stalls such as Smokey G's Joint offering US Style low and slow barbeque meat such as beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder and Texas chilli. You can also get your hands on a delicious wood fired pizza, Kransky or delight your stomach with a warming soup or curry.

ONE WEEK UNTIL THE P&F ASSOCIATION’S FIRST NIGHT MARKETS13 May

The air will be heavy with exotic food at the CGGS P&F Night Markets next Friday, 20 May at 5.30pm. Excite your tastebuds at stalls such as Smokey G's Joint offering US Style low and slow barbeque meat such as beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder and Texas chilli. You can also get your hands on a delicious wood fired pizza, Kransky or delight your stomach with a warming soup or curry.

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This week heralds the release of Issue 102 of the Grammar Report – ‘Celebrating innovation’.

GRAMMAR REPORT CELEBRATES INNOVATION13 May

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It has been an eventful and exciting week for many CGGS choristers as their months of preparation have come to fruition.

CGGS SINGS BEETHOVEN WITH THE CANBERRA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA13 May

It has been an eventful and exciting week for many CGGS choristers as their months of preparation have come to fruition.

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This story is about nine courageous students and two daring teachers embarking on an adventure. This adventure is not an easy one. It will put up many barriers for these students and teachers, both physically and mentally. This adventure is a challenging but awesomely eventful and a lot of fun. This adventure begins at Cradle Mountain and finishes at Lake Saint Claire or otherwise known as the Overland track in Tasmania.

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY13 May

This story is about nine courageous students and two daring teachers embarking on an adventure. This adventure is not an easy one. It will put up many barriers for these students and teachers, both physically and mentally. This adventure is a challenging but awesomely eventful and a lot of fun. This adventure begins at Cradle Mountain and finishes at Lake Saint Claire or otherwise known as the Overland track in Tasmania.

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The Junior School Environment Committee, led by Environment Captain Sarah Palmer, are launching a new initiative to promote the work done by students in the school veggie garden.

ENVIRONMENT & GARDENING CLUBS REAP WHAT THEY SOW13 May

The Junior School Environment Committee, led by Environment Captain Sarah Palmer, are launching a new initiative to promote the work done by students in the school veggie garden.

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On Monday, 9 May, our Under 18 CGGS hockey team played against the St George School from Argentina. This was a very unique and exciting opportunity for CGGS hockey considering we usually only play against local ACT teams. Despite the gloomy weather the game went on and a competitive hockey match was played.

CGGS HOCKEY TAKES ON ARGENTINA13 May

On Monday, 9 May, our Under 18 CGGS hockey team played against the St George School from Argentina. This was a very unique and exciting opportunity for CGGS hockey considering we usually only play against local ACT teams. Despite the gloomy weather the game went on and a competitive hockey match was played.

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On 5-6 May, Year 11 and Year 12 Geography students travelled to the Riverina to study different agricultural enterprises. On the first day, they visited an organic farm, a beef lot and a farm specialising in irrigation, ending the day at a local Italian pizza restaurant in Griffith.

SENIOR GEOGRAPHY TAKES GRIFFITH13 May

On 5-6 May, Year 11 and Year 12 Geography students travelled to the Riverina to study different agricultural enterprises. On the first day, they visited an organic farm, a beef lot and a farm specialising in irrigation, ending the day at a local Italian pizza restaurant in Griffith.

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On Thursday, 5 May, two touch football teams represented CGGS at the Southside Gala Day. Both teams were successful - they worked well together and developed their touch football skills during their competitive matches. Collaborative team work was evident from both teams during the matches. Special thanks to Raelene Ernst who worked with the 7/8 team during the day.

ACT TOUCH FOOTBALL GALA DAY13 May

On Thursday, 5 May, two touch football teams represented CGGS at the Southside Gala Day. Both teams were successful - they worked well together and developed their touch football skills during their competitive matches. Collaborative team work was evident from both teams during the matches. Special thanks to Raelene Ernst who worked with the 7/8 team during the day.

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All winter sports for Term 2 are up and running, we still have spaces available in a number of sports...

SIGN UP FOR WINTER SPORTS13 May

All winter sports for Term 2 are up and running, we still have spaces available in a number of sports...

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From next Monday, 16 May there will be a two week trial of breakfast service at the canteen from 7:30am-8:30pm.

TRIAL BREAKFAST SERVICE13 May

From next Monday, 16 May there will be a two week trial of breakfast service at the canteen from 7:30am-8:30pm.

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ATTENTION: All parents, friends and members of the CGGS community!

The Senior Council have decided to organise a fundraising talent show for the school and we need your help!

SEEKING TALENT, CELEBRITY AND DONATIONS – CGGS TALENT SHOW!13 May

ATTENTION: All parents, friends and members of the CGGS community! The Senior Council have decided to organise a fundraising talent show for the school and we need your help!

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Winter, Term 2 and beyond...

NEW AT THE SCHOOL SHOP13 May

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This week we take the opportunity to reacquaint you with the regular services held across both campuses of CGGS.

CHAPEL NEWS 13 May

This week we take the opportunity to reacquaint you with the regular services held across both campuses of CGGS.

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Between 30 April and 8 May, Tallulah Farrow (Year 10) represented the ACT at the Secondary School Sport Tennis Nationals which were held in Albury.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS13 May

Between 30 April and 8 May, Tallulah Farrow (Year 10) represented the ACT at the Secondary School Sport Tennis Nationals which were held in Albury.

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CGGS ALUMNI COCKTAIL FUNCTION – FINAL CHANCE TO REGISTER

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend the Canberra Girls Grammar School Alumni Cocktail Function on Saturday 21 May 2016 to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary.

GRAMMARIANS' NEWS13 May

CGGS ALUMNI COCKTAIL FUNCTION – FINAL CHANCE TO REGISTER Don’t miss out on your chance to attend the Canberra Girls Grammar School Alumni Cocktail Function on Saturday 21 May 2016 to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary.

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