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6 May 2016
This Sunday, the CGGS Mother’s Day Classic team will not only be raising funds for a very worthy cause, but also defending its ‘Largest School Team’ title from last year.

CGGS TO DEFEND MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC TITLE

This Sunday, the CGGS Mother’s Day Classic team will not only be raising funds for a very worthy cause, but also defending its ‘Largest School Team’ title from last year.

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

I have talked with three women, on separate occasions this week, who have impressed me with their generosity and desire to help others.

The first was a highly regarded accountant who told me she thought it was really important for her to use her skills for others who might not usually have access to her experience. So she volunteers in her spare time as a Board member for small, not for profit charities who can benefit with some expert help in making their resources go as far as possible. She is also able to advise them about financial compliance issues and how to run their charity in the best way possible.

The second professional woman also volunteers for a health based children’s charity where she works directly with the parents of the sick children. Sometimes organizing a social get-together for mutual support or a fundraiser which can make all the difference to these charities.

The third was a young, post-graduate working for PWC (not in Canberra) who has developed an interest in charities and, again in her spare time, is doing research and giving advice to help these charities. It augurs very well for our country that people like this give so generously of their time and skills.

Last year at the Mother’s Day Classic, CGGS won a trophy for having the largest participating team in the ACT. AT 237 people, it was testament to all of you giving your time to walk or run to raise money for breast cancer research – such an appropriate charity for a girl’s school.

If you are planning to walk or run in the Mother’s Day Classic this Sunday, please register as a member of our team by pressing the relevant button on the MDC website. Last year, mothers, fathers, brothers, Grammarians, friends and school staff all combined to make our team. If you are not able to be there yourself on Sunday, please sponsor me (again on the MDC website) for this worthy cause.

See you on Sunday!

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

In the latter part of Term One we welcomed Mr Bill Bashford to CGGS in the role of cultural support to our Yalari students and to our Indigenous Focus Group. The staff mentor for the Indigenous Focus Group is Ms Louise Dwyer. Bill has a wide and extremely interesting background in indigenous support programs and has extensive experience in building respectful relationships in the workplace during his time at Reconciliation Australia, Air Services Australia and in other roles in the public, community and corporate sector. Bill has received several awards and nominations including the ACT NAIDOC Person of the Year, ACT Aboriginal Community Spirit Award and was a finalist in the Australia Day's ACT Community Local Hero.

Currently Bill is the Managing Director of Solid Aboriginal Consultancy and founding Managing Director of the highly successful Solid Sistas & Brothas Aboriginal Youth Program. The Solid Sista’s and Brotha’s Aboriginal Program aims to build strong leaders among the Aboriginal community in the Canberra region, in particular to inspire Aboriginal youth to grow in confidence, self-respect and capability which will enable them to achieve their goals and reach their full potential to prosper within contemporary society and become the best persons they can be. 

Bill started Solid Aboriginal Consultancy about 12 months ago and including Bill now has 4 Aboriginal staff - Robbie Abel (ACT Brumbies) responsible for the Mentoring & Leadership Programs, Chaydin Reid (A young Aboriginal academic in his final year of getting his teaching degree) responsible for the Didgeridoo & Empowerment Program and Karen Parter (Former Reconciliation Australia Manager) is responsible for the Cultural Safety Audits. Solid Aboriginal Consultancy supports schools, organisations and corporations by turning good intentions into meaningful relationships and provides expertise in building respectful relationships with the Aboriginal community. Through coaching they provide knowledge and the tools that enable organisations to build positive relationships with Aboriginal clients, staff, students and communities.

We are particularly keen to engage in Bill in the discussions with the wider staff and student body around cultural awareness. Aboriginal elder Miriam-Rose Un-gunmerr-Baumann described the quality of deep listening as ‘This is the gift that Australia is searching for. It is something like what you call “contemplation”. A big part of “dadirri” is listening. Over the years we have listened to our stories. They are told and sung, over and over, as the seasons go on. As we grow older, we ourselves become the storytellers. We pass on to the young ones all they must know. “Dadirri” renews us and makes us whole. It is just being aware. My people are not threatened by silence. They are completely at home in it.’

Term Two Winter sport is up and running with Water polo on Friday nights at the AIS; Basketball on Friday/Saturday/Sunday; Netball on Saturdays; Hockey on Friday nights and Saturday mornings; Soccer on Saturdays; Running Club has started on a Monday; Badminton - Fridays; Swim Fit on Monday and Thursday mornings and the Mountain Biking Club begins training this week. A big thank you in anticipation to all staff, parents and students involved in these activities.

Best wishes to all – particularly our Year Seven and Year Nine students who will participate in NAPLAN next week.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Mareeta Grundy Reid

FROM THE P&F PRESIDENT

Be a part of the exciting new P&F Night Markets on Friday, 20 May from 5.30pm. The senior school quad will become a wonderland of fairy lights, with jazz music, buskers and a thrilling youth circus.

Exotic food from all corners of the world, mulled wine, handmade gifts, art, fashion, and things not so ordinary are just some of the attractions. A supervised crèche and children’s entertainment precinct will also be available free of charge to parents.

This will be an important community event so please come along, enjoy some hot food and soak up the wonderful atmosphere. Help us make the CGGS Night Markets the best in Canberra. (In the case of wet weather the event will be moved undercover).

Mareeta Grundy Reid
P&F President

The CGGS Equestrian team headed to Jindabyne on Wednesday, 27 April for the Snowy Mountains Interschools’ Equestrian Competition.

EQUESTRIANS RIDE HIGH IN JINDABYNE6 May

The CGGS Equestrian team headed to Jindabyne on Wednesday, 27 April for the Snowy Mountains Interschools’ Equestrian Competition.

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The Level 1 Band is a newly established ensemble for students who are relatively new to playing their instrument. It is lovely to see the enthusiasm the students have for playing music as part of a group and learning new skills.

LEVEL 1 BAND BEGINS6 May

The Level 1 Band is a newly established ensemble for students who are relatively new to playing their instrument. It is lovely to see the enthusiasm the students have for playing music as part of a group and learning new skills.

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Friday, 8 April the Junior School students gathered ready for the annual Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo Forest Park.  All students from Years 2 to 6 took part running in a variety of distances ranging from 1km to 3km.

JUNIOR SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL6 May

Friday, 8 April the Junior School students gathered ready for the annual Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo Forest Park. All students from Years 2 to 6 took part running in a variety of distances ranging from 1km to 3km.

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CGGS celebrated the 7th annual House Fun Run on the final Friday of Term 1 at Stromlo Forest Park. The Senior School presentations were held at a full school assembly this week and the following students were recognised...

HOUSE FUN RUN RECAP6 May

CGGS celebrated the 7th annual House Fun Run on the final Friday of Term 1 at Stromlo Forest Park. The Senior School presentations were held at a full school assembly this week and the following students were recognised...

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During the holidays, Tara Bourne, Lisa Cockerill and Jeanette Widmer presented ‘The CGGS Way’ at the ‘No2Bullying’ Conference hosted by the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association on the Gold Coast.

JUNIOR SCHOOL PRESENTS AT ‘NO2BULLYING’ CONFERENCE 20166 May

During the holidays, Tara Bourne, Lisa Cockerill and Jeanette Widmer presented ‘The CGGS Way’ at the ‘No2Bullying’ Conference hosted by the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association on the Gold Coast.

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Our Year 7/8 Defence students joined a combined schools’ activity day at Birrigai Outdoor School, Tidbinbilla on 4 May.  Defence students enjoyed a variety of team building activities including the low ropes course, a team challenge to rescue the endangered corroboree frog, a vertical climbing playpen and flying fox off the pole.

DEFENCE STUDENTS VISIT BIRRIGAI6 May

Our Year 7/8 Defence students joined a combined schools’ activity day at Birrigai Outdoor School, Tidbinbilla on 4 May. Defence students enjoyed a variety of team building activities including the low ropes course, a team challenge to rescue the endangered corroboree frog, a vertical climbing playpen and flying fox off the pole.

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Last week Canberra Grammar Combined Schools Dragon Boat Team hosted their end of Season Dragon Boat Dinner. With over 200 diners it was an excellent night and a celebration of the commitment of the paddlers, parents and staff.

SEASON END FOR DRAGON BOATS6 May

Last week Canberra Grammar Combined Schools Dragon Boat Team hosted their end of Season Dragon Boat Dinner. With over 200 diners it was an excellent night and a celebration of the commitment of the paddlers, parents and staff.

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Thank you to all those who attended last Sunday’s Family and Friends’ Service and enjoyed the music of the Gabriel Quartet.

CHAPEL NEWS6 May

Thank you to all those who attended last Sunday’s Family and Friends’ Service and enjoyed the music of the Gabriel Quartet.

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CGGS students are always doing incredible things - from sporting pursuits to making the world a better place. Put your hands together for these five inspirational students.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS6 May

CGGS students are always doing incredible things - from sporting pursuits to making the world a better place. Put your hands together for these five inspirational students.

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Grammarian, Meg Nuttall-Wicks (1992) is riding in the 2016 Tour de Cure (TdC), a 10 day ride travelling 1,520kms from Brisbane to Sydney to raise money to cure cancer.

GRAMMARIANS' NEWS6 May

Grammarian, Meg Nuttall-Wicks (1992) is riding in the 2016 Tour de Cure (TdC), a 10 day ride travelling 1,520kms from Brisbane to Sydney to raise money to cure cancer.

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