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21 October 2016
Our three Pre-Prep classes embarked on their first excursion on Tuesday, 18 October, visiting the School Archives at the Senior School. Their current Unit of Interest is Change so what better place to look at how things have changed than a trip to the Archives!

PRE-PREP VISITS THE ARCHIVES

Our three Pre-Prep classes embarked on their first excursion on Tuesday, 18 October, visiting the School Archives at the Senior School. Their current Unit of Interest is Change so what better place to look at how things have changed than a trip to the Archives!

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TOMORROW'S P&F CARNIVAL AND OPEN AIR MOVIE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you to everyone involved with the planning of this event. Your efforts are most appreciated.

Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

This week we have been finalising our elections for our Senior Council team for 2017 (link here for the list). This has made me think, again, about how leadership characteristics and qualities can be seen very early in a student’s career.

One of those characteristics is the ability to see things differently; the importance of vision instead of short-sightedness. If this is coupled with determination to pursue this vision, then it becomes a powerful driver.

At the beginning of our election process our student leaders had to write me a letter of application to say why they were interested in nominating and what they could offer the school. These letters expressed the writer’s vision and also their beliefs about the essential qualities of leadership. They wrote about active listening, building trust and extraordinary determination. They discussed efficient organization, the need to be approachable and the importance of respect and teamwork. They were powerful letters, ones that reflected thought and passion. I enjoyed reading them and seeing the maturity of these students, many of who I had first met when they joined us in Year 7. In their interviews we talked about their ideas, what the school could do better and how they could contribute to their ideas becoming reality. We gained a clear sense of their optimism and their pride in our school. Many expressed their genuine desire to ‘give back’ to the community that had given them so much over the years. Some students emphasized the fun they had had at school and how they wanted to ensure that other students had the same experience.

So, we congratulate the Senior Council of 2017 and look forward to working closely with them as we plan for the next exciting developments at CGGS.

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

This week in Assembly we welcomed the new Senior Council for 2017 and acknowledged the Year 12 IB students as they embark on their exams in the next two weeks. 

The final of the ACT Mock Trial competition was held at the Supreme Court this week with the following Year 11 and Year 12 students representing Canberra Girls Grammar School: Juhi Malhotra (Year 12), Kate O'Brien (Year 12), Laura Johnston (Year 12), Kemiso Matlho (Year 11) and Tamar Barhen (Year 11). While we won the case on the day, the overall team results gave a well-deserved win to their opponents from Radford College.

Four CGGS representatives, Stephanie Jones (Year 10), Rhea Laverock (Year 10), Nicole Wang (Year 10) and Amna Ali (Year 10) not only made it through to the National Finals of the Australian Community Problem Solving Competition held in Melbourne last week, but their STEM projects earned all four a place in the Australian team to present at the World Problem Solving competition in Wisconsin next year. The competition in Melbourne was for Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students. All of our students are in Year 10 and all our submitted projects were accepted into the competition. It was a great credit to the students and staff to have been invited to participate let alone achieve the highest possible results. Well done to all.

A particular note of thanks to all students involved in the Mental Health Week activities conducted before school, at recess and lunchtimes every day this week. They were thoughtful, practical and very well received by fellow students and staff – a great initiative.

Best wishes

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

While I am sure we would all acknowledge there are many definitions and measures of success, as parents and teachers we want our children to achieve.

At Canberra Girls Grammar School we deliver a holistic education that addresses not only students’ academic needs but provides learning experiences that help children grow socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. So it was with interest that I read an article recently that referenced psychological research outlining a range of factors that claim to help predict success. Interestingly many of the factors listed fall within a parent’s sphere of influence. It may be worth reflecting on the list below, compiled by Rachel Gillett and Drake Baer for ‘Tech Insider’.

  1. Children have chores and are required to complete them.
  2. Children are taught social skills and the adults in their live are good social and emotional role models. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Duke University found that “…socially competent children who could cooperate with their peers without prompting, be helpful to others, understand their feelings and resolve problems on their own, were far more likely to earn a college degree and have a full-time job by age 25 than those with limited social skills.”
  3. Parents and teachers have high expectations.
  4. Children see healthy relationships modelled. “Young people who reported high conflict between their parents were far more likely to have feelings of loss and regret.”
  5. Parents are well educated and/or value education highly.
  6. Children are taught maths early.  Greg Duncan co-author and Northwestern University researcher said “The paramount importance of early math skills – of beginning school with a knowledge of numbers, number order, and other rudimentary math concepts – is one of the puzzles coming out of the study.” He went on to say that “Mastery of early math skills predicts not only future math achievement it also predicts future reading achievement.”
  7. Children have strong relationships with their parents and other significant adults in which these adults provide a secure base from which their children may explore the world.
  8. Parents are not stressed constantly and work to ensure they do not pass on unhelpful emotional states to their children.
  9. Parents and teachers value effort over avoiding failure. They promote a growth mindset.
  10. Mothers work. “According to research out of Harvard Business School there are significant benefits for children growing up with mothers who work outside the home.”
  11. They have a higher socioeconomic status. “According to Stanford University researcher Sean Reardon, the achievement gap between high and low income families is roughly 30% to 40% larger among children born in 2001 than those born 25 years earlier.”
  12. Parents are authoritative, rather than authoritarian or permissive.
  13. Children are taught “GRIT”.

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

Jeanette Widmer

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PASTORAL CARE

Jenelle Croato, Accredited Practicing Dietician presented to Year 12 students in the Day 9 personal development program last week.

Her interesting address entailed:

  • Finding balance : Pillars of Good Health
  • Nutrition – minimally processed, but eat real food
  • Activity – find out what works for you
  • Sleep – make sleep a health priority and practice good ‘sleep hygiene’
  • Joy – make time fun!

Jenelle outlined The Plate Module, to base your 3 main meals on:

  1. Plant food – vegies and fruit
  2. Protein rich foods – fish, seafood, legumes, dairy
  3. Low GI Carb-rich foods, legumes and whole grains
  4. Healthy Fat-rich foods – oreo, avocado, nuts, seeds

Drinks - water, milk, soda water with juice and tea.

Healthy eating on a budget

  1. Plan ahead
  2. Stick to a shopping list
  3. Drink tap water
  4. Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables
  5. Frozen vegetable garden
  6. Get back to whole foods
  7. ‘Meaty’ legumes instead of meat
  8. Cook in bulk
  9. Shared cooking

In summary, listen to your ‘head’ hunger versus your belly hunger, to get in touch with your hunger.

JERF - Just Eat Real Food

Enjoy food

Restorative sleep

Following the address, Jenelle answered 20 minutes worth of questions, sharing her wealth of experience and research. This proved to be another insightful and interesting presentation for our Year 12 students to enrich their lives beyond our walls.

Best wishes to all Year 12 during their upcoming testing weeks.

Jeanette Widmer
Director of Pastoral Care

More than 100 students and their fathers gathered last Thursday for the annual Year 6 Father Daughter dinner.

Students introduced their fathers to Mrs Coutts and Ms Whittaker on arrival and then made their way to the beautifully decorated tables.

YEAR 6 FATHER DAUGHTER DINNER21 October

More than 100 students and their fathers gathered last Thursday for the annual Year 6 Father Daughter dinner. Students introduced their fathers to Mrs Coutts and Ms Whittaker on arrival and then made their way to the beautifully decorated tables.

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During the recent holidays, Canberra Girls Grammar School played host to Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (AIDPSC) and Speakfest, drawing students from schools along the eastern seaboard and as far afield as Western Australia.

DEBATERS TO REPRESENT AUSTRALIA AT WORLDS21 October

During the recent holidays, Canberra Girls Grammar School played host to Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (AIDPSC) and Speakfest, drawing students from schools along the eastern seaboard and as far afield as Western Australia.

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In Physical Education (PE), our Year 2 students are currently doing a unit on team sports.

During PE in Weeks 1 and 2, they have been fortunate to participate in some ‘Brumby Jack’ clinics run by Mathew Vowles from the Brumbies.

YEAR 2 TEAM UP IN BRUMBY JACK CLINICS21 October

In Physical Education (PE), our Year 2 students are currently doing a unit on team sports. During PE in Weeks 1 and 2, they have been fortunate to participate in some ‘Brumby Jack’ clinics run by Mathew Vowles from the Brumbies.

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Mia Hodges (Year 12) and Cassidy Whitehouse (Year 10) represented Canberra Girls Grammar School at the Murama Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Summit on 16-17 October.

The Murama Gathering brought together Indigenous youth from all states and territories, and aimed to empower participants to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding.

MURAMA ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER YOUTH SUMMIT21 October

Mia Hodges (Year 12) and Cassidy Whitehouse (Year 10) represented Canberra Girls Grammar School at the Murama Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Summit on 16-17 October. The Murama Gathering brought together Indigenous youth from all states and territories, and aimed to empower participants to lead their schools and communities towards deeper cultural understanding.

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Do you want to see some amazing acting, dancing and modelling from both Canberra Girls Grammar School (and CGS) students? Are you keen for some food stalls?

Then the Senior Council Fash Pash 'NEVERLAND' is for you!

GET ENCHANTED AT FASH PASH – ‘NEVERLAND’21 October

Do you want to see some amazing acting, dancing and modelling from both Canberra Girls Grammar School (and CGS) students? Are you keen for some food stalls? Then the Senior Council Fash Pash 'NEVERLAND' is for you!

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On Monday, 18 October the Canberra Girls Grammar School Chamber Orchestra were treated to a 90 minute workshop with one of the leading Baroque cellists in Australia, Louise King. The girls were given music that they had never seen before and were then coached from whoa to go in the correct musical styles, techniques and historical context of the music.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH LOUISE KING21 October

On Monday, 18 October the Canberra Girls Grammar School Chamber Orchestra were treated to a 90 minute workshop with one of the leading Baroque cellists in Australia, Louise King. The girls were given music that they had never seen before and were then coached from whoa to go in the correct musical styles, techniques and historical context of the music.

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To celebrate Children’s Week, the children at after school care are organising a family BBQ.

This is an opportunity for the children to share their after school care experiences with their families.

CHILDREN’S WEEK BBQ21 October

To celebrate Children’s Week, the children at after school care are organising a family BBQ. This is an opportunity for the children to share their after school care experiences with their families.

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Future Problem Solving Program Australia (FPSP) offers many programs in which gifted students can display their problem solving abilities.

Canberra Girls Grammar School entered three projects that students have been developing during their Year 10 STEM elective. All three projects where entered into the Community Problem Solving section of FPS.

SUCCESS AT STEM21 October

Future Problem Solving Program Australia (FPSP) offers many programs in which gifted students can display their problem solving abilities. Canberra Girls Grammar School entered three projects that students have been developing during their Year 10 STEM elective. All three projects where entered into the Community Problem Solving section of FPS.

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Our Gabriel Singers were invited to perform the national anthem at the opening of the Australian Minerals Industry Annual Dinner held in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Wednesday, 12 October.

The girls performed beautifully and were well received by the 400 strong delegation including members of parliament and senior ranks of industry, public service, diplomatic corps, academia, business and media.

GABRIEL SINGERS PERFORM AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE21 October

Our Gabriel Singers were invited to perform the national anthem at the opening of the Australian Minerals Industry Annual Dinner held in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Wednesday, 12 October. The girls performed beautifully and were well received by the 400 strong delegation including members of parliament and senior ranks of industry, public service, diplomatic corps, academia, business and media.

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Twenty-three Canberra Girls Grammar School students braved the cold at the Woden Athletics Track to compete in the ACT Schools Knockout Athletics competition on Friday, 14 October -

Competing in teams – junior, intermediate and senior – our students did really well across the board.

ACT ATHLETICS SCHOOL KNOCKOUT COMPETITION21 October

Twenty-three Canberra Girls Grammar School students braved the cold at the Woden Athletics Track to compete in the ACT Schools Knockout Athletics competition on Friday, 14 October - Competing in teams – junior, intermediate and senior – our students did really well across the board.

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The Australian Business Competition is an annual competition run by the University of NSW. The competition aims to assess Year 11 and 12 students from across Australia...

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS COMPETITION: JOSI JAHAL NAMED AS STATE WINNER21 October

The Australian Business Competition is an annual competition run by the University of NSW. The competition aims to assess Year 11 and 12 students from across Australia...

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The Canberra Girls Grammar School Intermediate Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra had a lovely morning performing at Floriade on Friday, 14 October.

It was warm – the sun was shining, and we had the opportunity to take in the beauty of the gardens in addition to performing on Stage 88.

FLORIADE MUSIC PERFORMANCES21 October

The Canberra Girls Grammar School Intermediate Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra had a lovely morning performing at Floriade on Friday, 14 October. It was warm – the sun was shining, and we had the opportunity to take in the beauty of the gardens in addition to performing on Stage 88.

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Term 3 culminated with the House Sports Carnival on Friday, 23 September and the House sporting competition continued its strong tradition this year. The participation rates were certainly a credit to all Houses.

HOUSE SPORT 201621 October

Term 3 culminated with the House Sports Carnival on Friday, 23 September and the House sporting competition continued its strong tradition this year. The participation rates were certainly a credit to all Houses.

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The provisional date for Confirmation is now Sunday, 5 March 2017.

CHAPEL NEWS21 October

The provisional date for Confirmation is now Sunday, 5 March 2017.

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Last month, Lucy Piva (Year 5) represented the ACT at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Darwin. Lucy achieved some amazing results coming forth in 100m backstroke and ninth three other events – 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS21 October

Last month, Lucy Piva (Year 5) represented the ACT at the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Darwin. Lucy achieved some amazing results coming forth in 100m backstroke and ninth three other events – 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

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