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25 November 2016
2016 was declared the Year of Innovation at CGGS and as a result, students and staff across the entire School have embraced the theme enthusiastically.

YEAR OF INNOVATION WRAP-UP

2016 was declared the Year of Innovation at CGGS and as a result, students and staff across the entire School have embraced the theme enthusiastically.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

On Wednesday I attended the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Awards Dinner in Canberra.

ACEL actively supports the development of leadership capabilities across Australia through its national and branch initiated professional learning activities, international conferences, publications, online programs and other partnership activities in leadership development. ACEL’s stated purpose is to inspire, support, recognise and advocate for excellence in educational leadership. I am pleased to serve on the ACEL committee for the ACT. I enjoy working collaboratively with my Catholic and Government School colleagues.

The evening on Wednesday gave awards to teachers across the ACT in three categories. Firstly, ‘Growing in Leadership’ for those beginning their leadership journey in their schools and the ACT community. Then, ‘Excellence in Leadership’. These teachers had not only made a difference in their schools but more widely across the Territory. Finally, we had one Principal who gained a National Fellowship Award for his significant contributions and the engagement with the Catholic Education system, the ACT Education Directorate and the ACT Association of Independent Schools.

Encouraging leadership development is a key factor in ensuring schools provide the best quality of teaching and learning for their students. In my view professional learning is enhanced when teachers have the opportunity to find their own paths for professional learning and the pace with which they do so. It is enhanced when there is collaboration around a shared project. This enables rich learning between professionals with different perspectives. It is enhanced when settings for professional learning are transferable smoothly to their aims and tasks in school.

At CGGS we value professional learning highly and encourage our staff to undertake appropriate learning regularly, underpinning this with the necessary funding.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

Today we held a morning tea to recognise the 2016 Staff and Student Innovative Award recipients and nominees. The Innovation Award winners were:

Staff Awards 

  • Junior School: Jane Crawford – Number Wonder Board
  • Senior School: Mark Falkland – Infographic poster / project template / multidisciplinary approach

Student Awards

  • Junior School: Lauren Faulder – New student IOS app coded in Swift (in Xcode) – map swipe to learn about CGGS
  • Senior School: Carla Sanfrancesco – School Environment Improvement solution document

Nominees acknowledged were:

Junior School

  • Lucy Badzim – Beanies for Brain Cancer
  • Marina Markova – Laser for Writing
  • Indiana Saunders and Isra Eski – Ready, Settled, Go! – Refugee app
  • Elsa Guile, Lana Sault, Emily Ezaki-Swain and Zoe Theodorakis – Orang-utan Environmental Protection information gathering robot
  • Isabella Mitchell – Scan for Me – app for Cystic Fibrosis medication Creon - dose indicator
  • Charlotte Wright – Neuroplasticity – website with 11 quizzes to strengthen neuroplasticity
  • Bella Laverock – Beeware! App to give emergency alert information including asking for help/maps/pictures/texts/what has happened/nearest safe place 

Senior School

  • English Faculty – Genius Hour
  • Ms Rhea Chopra – Bracelet Yourself – wrist/mobile phone safety
  • Ms Mai Vannavong – Staff Online Interactive Calendar

Our thanks to all students and staff involved in the Innovation Awards. As you can see from the variety of responses there are fantastic initiatives happening in both the Junior and Senior school on the innovation front. The creativity of all participants reminds me of the Helen Keller observation ‘No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.’ 

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Wednesday morning saw our soon-to-be graduating Class of 2016 taking over of the Senior School campus in scenes of lively water-fights, jubilant singing, reminiscing over the year that was and finally, leaving the School grounds via a ‘guard of honour’.

In what must have been a long night, Year 12 students decorated various parts of the School with everything from balloons and streamers right through to a banner hung from the top floor of the Administration Building displaying the message: ‘90th Anne-iversary’.

THE LONG GOODBYE25 November

Wednesday morning saw our soon-to-be graduating Class of 2016 taking over of the Senior School campus in scenes of lively water-fights, jubilant singing, reminiscing over the year that was and finally, leaving the School grounds via a ‘guard of honour’. In what must have been a long night, Year 12 students decorated various parts of the School with everything from balloons and streamers right through to a banner hung from the top floor of the Administration Building displaying the message: ‘90th Anne-iversary’.

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The Junior School was a flurry of activity during lunch time on 14 November as the annual Year 6 Mini-Fete got underway. 

Students had been busily preparing for this event since the start of term – designing their stalls, conducting cost and revenue analyses, perfecting spread-sheeting skills and of course, making the items to go on sale.

YEAR 6 MINI-FETE25 November

The Junior School was a flurry of activity during lunch time on 14 November as the annual Year 6 Mini-Fete got underway. Students had been busily preparing for this event since the start of term – designing their stalls, conducting cost and revenue analyses, perfecting spread-sheeting skills and of course, making the items to go on sale.

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The Waterman Centre was dressed up to its finest for the Visual Art and Photography exhibition held last Friday evening.

The main foyer, upstairs balcony and two classrooms were full of artworks produced by Year 7-12 students.

A VISUALLY SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION25 November

The Waterman Centre was dressed up to its finest for the Visual Art and Photography exhibition held last Friday evening. The main foyer, upstairs balcony and two classrooms were full of artworks produced by Year 7-12 students.

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Watching a magic bauble, busy elves, jolly Santas, disgruntled reindeer and Christmas songs in abundance was how Year 3 classes from the Junior School spent Wednesday afternoon.

The students had been invited to watch the Year 10 Drama students’ performance of their self-devised Christmas plays.

A DRAMATIC START TO CHRISTMAS25 November

Watching a magic bauble, busy elves, jolly Santas, disgruntled reindeer and Christmas songs in abundance was how Year 3 classes from the Junior School spent Wednesday afternoon. The students had been invited to watch the Year 10 Drama students’ performance of their self-devised Christmas plays.

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Thank you to everyone who has already generously contributed to Gabriel Giving. 

Through the generosity of the Malkjovic family gift (made earlier this year) the School was able to purchase a 3D scanner/computer enabling Junior School students and teachers to reinvent the way we teach and learn.

GABRIEL GIVING - ENHANCED INNOVATION SPACES25 November

Thank you to everyone who has already generously contributed to Gabriel Giving. Through the generosity of the Malkjovic family gift (made earlier this year) the School was able to purchase a 3D scanner/computer enabling Junior School students and teachers to reinvent the way we teach and learn.

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The Parking Operations team from Access Canberra contacted me this week requesting that I remind the School community about parking around the School – specifically, on Melbourne Avenue.

Melbourne Avenue is officially a median strip and is therefore zoned as a NO STOPPING area under the Australian Road Rules. The primary reason for this zoning is in relation to safety.

BE AWARE – PARKING AROUND OUR SCHOOL25 November

The Parking Operations team from Access Canberra contacted me this week requesting that I remind the School community about parking around the School – specifically, on Melbourne Avenue. Melbourne Avenue is officially a median strip and is therefore zoned as a NO STOPPING area under the Australian Road Rules. The primary reason for this zoning is in relation to safety.

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Dancer Amy Andersen (Year 7) is performing in the Queensland Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker at the Canberra Theatre Centre this week. Congratulations on being selected, Amy!

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS25 November

Dancer Amy Andersen (Year 7) is performing in the Queensland Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker at the Canberra Theatre Centre this week. Congratulations on being selected, Amy!

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This week we are changing up the Grammarians’ News slightly.

Above is a photo that appeared in The Canberra Times of Canberra Girls Grammar School students ready to embark on a school trip to China in 1981. Can you help us identify these students?

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS25 November

This week we are changing up the Grammarians’ News slightly. Above is a photo that appeared in The Canberra Times of Canberra Girls Grammar School students ready to embark on a school trip to China in 1981. Can you help us identify these students?

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