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4 November 2016
Over the past two weeks, Year 12 photography student, Christine Drew, has found herself the centre of attention at Canberra Girls Grammar School after winning the Moran Photography Prize (Secondary Years 11-12 category) and being named the overall winner (highest scoring image) of the Australian Photography Awards.

CHRISTINE DREW WINS MAJOR PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZES

Over the past two weeks, Year 12 photography student, Christine Drew, has found herself the centre of attention at Canberra Girls Grammar School after winning the Moran Photography Prize (Secondary Years 11-12 category) and being named the overall winner (highest scoring image) of the Australian Photography Awards.

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Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

This week, a group of dozen students from Years 7 to 12 participated in an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with two local Canberra space centre scientists and a NASA-sponsored scientist, based the in Napa Valley in the USA, to operate a deep space satellite dish in the Mojave Desert. While the full story can be read elsewhere in the Weekly Update article, watching the students work on complicated formulae and then see the dish move 12,000 kilometres away was amazing. I understand this was the first time this was attempted in a school setting – usually this exercise is held at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla. Remarkable.

Year 12 student Christine Drew was the winner in the past week of the student section of the 2016 Moran Prize for excellence in portrait photography. I would encourage you to go to the Moran Prize website and select the Student section where will find the picture of her dad in the woolshed – a beautiful photo. The prize included $5,000 for Christine and $5,000 for our Creative Arts Faculty. Christine also was awarded the major prize in the Australian Photography Awards this week for the portrait. Jemima Campey (Year 12 Glebe) was a finalist in the Moran competition – a great achievement.  Congratulations to both students!

A big thank you to the Student Representative Council for their “Unsung Heroes Day” initiative where they recognised the work of the staff, particularly the Maintenance Crew, with messages of thanks and a chocolate! I know the staff were very appreciative of the gesture.

Finishing this week on a very practical yet important note – could I please ask parents for your support in relation to the summer uniform guidelines:

Hats:

Hats are to be worn to and from school, at recess and at lunchtime – even when sitting in shaded areas under the trees.

Dress Length:

Summer skirts must be worn at knee length.

Jumpers:

Jumpers, if needed in summer, should be kept clean and free from holes and must not be tied around the waist.  Jumpers can be worn as the outer school garment inside the school grounds.

Blazers:

The School blazer is a compulsory part of the uniform and all students must own a blazer which is clearly labelled with their name. The blazer is to be worn to Assembly, Chapels and official School functions, including excursions. The blazer is the outer garment to be worn outside of the School grounds. In the case of unseasonably cool weather during Terms 1 and 4, students should wear the summer uniform and the blazer, not the school jumper, as the outer garment when outside the School grounds.

Many thanks and best wishes

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

I recently read an article titled No more Little Miss Perfect that highlighted a problem I have been concerned about for a number of years - the crippling effects of being a perfectionist on our children’s ability to perform and their well-being. So last week when we held our Annual Junior School Concert I was very pleased to see our students make mistakes, refocus and carry on.  

The problem of perfectionism is particularly prevalent in girls with the author of the article, Clare Kermond, citing recent research findings linking perfectionism to anxiety, depression and eating disorders. As a mother of daughters I can share that one of my girls had, and occasionally still has, perfectionist tendencies and that she has struggled to complete school/university work, not because of ability but because of her own extremely high standards.

Now it is important to distinguish perfectionism from high achievement. Andrew Fuller, a mental health expert specialising in adolescent mental health clarifies the difference: "Perfectionists, like high-achievers, tend to set high goals and work hard. However, a high-achiever can be satisfied with doing a great job and achieving excellence, even if their very high goals aren't completely met. Perfectionists will accept nothing less than perfection. Almost perfect is seen as failure."

Concerns about perfectionism are growing in the educational and wider community and in February this year at the Global Forum on Girls’ Education in New York a particularly pertinent key session titled The Myth of Effortless Perfection: How It Harms Girls and what Schools Can Do to Fight It, challenged us to address the problem as an integral part of the school curriculum. The Global Forum was attended by more than 900 delegates from 23 countries including a group from the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia.

Dr Tom Nehmy, a clinical psychologist who you may remember from his sessions at Canberra Girls Grammar earlier this year, began to focus on perfectionism after identifying it as a “common thread” in many cases of depression, anxiety and eating disorders. The growing interest in understanding and combatting perfectionism is happening, according to Nehmy, because "people are joining the dots and understanding that it is a pervasive risk factor for many mental health problems".

Nehmy writes that if we want to tackle the problem of perfectionism effectively we must employ a strong pastoral care model and focus on process or effort, over product. "The challenge is to maintain a high achievement drive without seeing any mistake as a failure or being afraid to take a risk." Being a risk – taker is an attribute of the IBPYP Learner Profile and as such is a valued and often talked about trait we actively foster.

If you are interested in finding out more about perfectionism and how to combat it you may wish to view Reshma Saujani’s TED Talk, Teach girls bravery, not perfection. I will be sharing this Ted Talk with members of our Junior School teaching staff in the near future.

You may also want to reflect on the list below, provided by Clare Kermond, and see if your child exhibits any of the signs for unhelpful perfectionism.

  • constant self-criticism and comparison with others
  • withdrawing from social groups and activities over the fear that "others won't like me as I am". constant self-criticism and comparison with others
  • seeing any mistake as a failure
  • spending hours on school tasks that should take minutes
  • unable to accept constructive criticism
  • rigid thinking, i.e. there is only one way to get it right

Warm regards

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

References:

http://www.smh.com.au/national/no-more-little-miss-perfect-20161018-gs4q9d.html

https://www.ted.com/talks/reshma_saujani_teach_girls_bravery_not_perfection?language=en

Jeanette Widmer

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE

Mindfulness is a special way of paying attention that can help with how one copes with everyday life and there are great benefits for your physical and mental health.  As our senior students approach testing week and IB exams and other year levels engage in assessment tasks it is timely to consider:

Source: http://fitbottomedgirls.com/2016/06/15-things-mindful-people-do-differently/

Good luck to all students in your academic assessment tasks in the coming weeks.

Jeanette Widmer
Director of Pastoral Care

On Wednesday was a very special day for the Science Club at Canberra Girls Grammar School.

Ten happy and enthusiastic students had the opportunity to remotely control a radio telescope all the way in California to scan the skies for super massive black holes.

SCIENCE CLUB’S DATA MAKES IT TO NASA!4 November

On Wednesday was a very special day for the Science Club at Canberra Girls Grammar School. Ten happy and enthusiastic students had the opportunity to remotely control a radio telescope all the way in California to scan the skies for super massive black holes.

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We are a group of Year 6 students and members of the Canberra Sunshine Academy Committee. Last Monday we were lucky enough to go to St Jude’s Primary School and meet some of the other schools in Canberra that support Global School Partners. We learnt a little more about what it is like to be a student at a school in Kenya and the different ways we can support our sister schools.

GLOBAL SCHOOL PARTNERS SPEAK UP DAY4 November

We are a group of Year 6 students and members of the Canberra Sunshine Academy Committee. Last Monday we were lucky enough to go to St Jude’s Primary School and meet some of the other schools in Canberra that support Global School Partners. We learnt a little more about what it is like to be a student at a school in Kenya and the different ways we can support our sister schools.

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As part of their study of Devised Theatre in Semester 2, the Year 11 Drama class had the opportunity to participate in Canberra’s Come Alive! festival of museum theatre.

DRAMA STUDENTS PERFORM AT CANBERRA’S ‘COME ALIVE’ FESTIVAL 4 November

As part of their study of Devised Theatre in Semester 2, the Year 11 Drama class had the opportunity to participate in Canberra’s Come Alive! festival of museum theatre.

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Last Thursday, around sixty Canberra Girls Grammar School students hit the track to defend their title as the premier girls’ athletics school in the ACT. We were going for a sixth straight run as ASC Champions.

We were down quite a few athletes due to sickness, injury and other obligations and it was a delight to see so many of the girls step up and compete in extra events for the sake of the team.

CGGS RETAINS ASC ATHLETICS SHIELD FOR SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW4 November

Last Thursday, around sixty Canberra Girls Grammar School students hit the track to defend their title as the premier girls’ athletics school in the ACT. We were going for a sixth straight run as ASC Champions. We were down quite a few athletes due to sickness, injury and other obligations and it was a delight to see so many of the girls step up and compete in extra events for the sake of the team.

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Music on the Lawn promises to be the perfect mix of music, food, venue and entertainment! For the first time, the terraced lawns outside the Administration Hub building will be used for an outdoors concert. It will be unique with musical sounds emanating from all four corners of the lawns affording the audience not just a stereophonic sound but a ‘quadrophonic’ experience.

MUSIC ON THE LAWN4 November

Music on the Lawn promises to be the perfect mix of music, food, venue and entertainment! For the first time, the terraced lawns outside the Administration Hub building will be used for an outdoors concert. It will be unique with musical sounds emanating from all four corners of the lawns affording the audience not just a stereophonic sound but a ‘quadrophonic’ experience.

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“Erika Yurken never doubted her own genius; she felt superior to everyone at notorious Barringa East Primary. That is, until beautiful, rich and clever Alison Ashley unexpectedly turned up…”

HATING ALISON ASHLEY – YEAR 9-10 DRAMA PRODUCTION4 November

“Erika Yurken never doubted her own genius; she felt superior to everyone at notorious Barringa East Primary. That is, until beautiful, rich and clever Alison Ashley unexpectedly turned up…”

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In their final double lessons before leaving for study vacation, the Year 12 German and 12 IB French classes went on a tour of the collections of their respective languages at the NGA.

Both our guides had prepared interesting, interactive talks, containing a good deal of the language too. This visit tied in with the topics we have been studying.

SENIOR LANGUAGE STUDENTS VISIT NATIONAL GALLERY4 November

In their final double lessons before leaving for study vacation, the Year 12 German and 12 IB French classes went on a tour of the collections of their respective languages at the NGA. Both our guides had prepared interesting, interactive talks, containing a good deal of the language too. This visit tied in with the topics we have been studying.

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Avoid the back to school rush in January 2017!

The School Shop will open during the week commencing Monday 21 November 2016. This appointment week is specifically for new students commencing in 2017.

SPECIAL SCHOOL SHOP APPOINTMENT WEEK4 November

Avoid the back to school rush in January 2017! The School Shop will open during the week commencing Monday 21 November 2016. This appointment week is specifically for new students commencing in 2017.

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Amolika Iyengar, a student in the Year 9 Independent Learning Program (ILP) class, has been awarded a 2016 Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grant of $2000 to develop and extend on her ILP projects for this year.

INDEPENDENT LEARNING LEADS TO ENRICHMENT GRANT FOR AMOLIKA4 November

Amolika Iyengar, a student in the Year 9 Independent Learning Program (ILP) class, has been awarded a 2016 Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grant of $2000 to develop and extend on her ILP projects for this year.

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On Tuesday evening, November 22, Justin Porter from Culture College will be available to speak to parents of current Year 8 students about the possibility of their daughter opting be involved in a cultural immersion program to Arnhem Land as their Year 9 camp experience in 2017.

ARNHEM LAND CULTURAL IMMERSION FOR YEAR 9, 20174 November

On Tuesday evening, November 22, Justin Porter from Culture College will be available to speak to parents of current Year 8 students about the possibility of their daughter opting be involved in a cultural immersion program to Arnhem Land as their Year 9 camp experience in 2017.

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Late last term, Ashley Hollis from Woolmark’s student design competition, Wool4school, presented Bianca Armstrong with her award as the winner in the Year 9 category.

The competition is open to all students and this year Bianca was awarded with the prize of $600, a glass trophy and a Girlfriend magazine prize pack.

BIANCA ARMSTRONG WINS WOOL4SCHOOL AWARD4 November

Late last term, Ashley Hollis from Woolmark’s student design competition, Wool4school, presented Bianca Armstrong with her award as the winner in the Year 9 category. The competition is open to all students and this year Bianca was awarded with the prize of $600, a glass trophy and a Girlfriend magazine prize pack.

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As our Year 10 students prepare to commence work experience, student Leila West reports on her initial work experience encounter at Channel Ten in Sydney.

YEAR 10 PREPARES FOR WORK EXPERIENCE4 November

As our Year 10 students prepare to commence work experience, student Leila West reports on her initial work experience encounter at Channel Ten in Sydney.

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Last Saturday, Canberra Grammar Schools combined Dragon Boat Squad competed at the schools regatta at Grevillea Park.

This was a great day with the junior women's crew gaining an impressive fourth place finish in the 2km - against the adults!

DRAGON BOATS4 November

Last Saturday, Canberra Grammar Schools combined Dragon Boat Squad competed at the schools regatta at Grevillea Park. This was a great day with the junior women's crew gaining an impressive fourth place finish in the 2km - against the adults!

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All Saints Day was on Tuesday, which meant students in the Senior School could dress up for Halloween on Monday.

In the Junior School, we celebrated all saints day on the Friday (except Chisholm House which had its annual house chapel service in the Senior School).

CHAPEL NEWS4 November

All Saints Day was on Tuesday, which meant students in the Senior School could dress up for Halloween on Monday. In the Junior School, we celebrated all saints day on the Friday (except Chisholm House which had its annual house chapel service in the Senior School).

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Charlotte Fouracre (Year 7) competed at the Shetland Pony Society of Australia Super Show at the Bathurst Showground on 29–30 September 2016.  The Super Show is held every four years and attracted competitors from as far as South Australia and Queensland with international judges from Ireland and New Zealand.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS4 November

Charlotte Fouracre (Year 7) competed at the Shetland Pony Society of Australia Super Show at the Bathurst Showground on 29–30 September 2016. The Super Show is held every four years and attracted competitors from as far as South Australia and Queensland with international judges from Ireland and New Zealand.

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