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16 September 2016
Young ICT Explorers is a national competition that encourages students to develop a technology related project of their choice. This year, Canberra Girls Grammar School had eighty students participating across twenty-eight teams.

After months of work, the teams presented their projects at the ACT judging event last Saturday. A panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals spoke to each team, assessing the projects on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.

STUDENTS EXCEL AT YOUNG ICT EXPLORERS COMPETITION

Young ICT Explorers is a national competition that encourages students to develop a technology related project of their choice. This year, Canberra Girls Grammar School had eighty students participating across twenty-eight teams. After months of work, the teams presented their projects at the ACT judging event last Saturday. A panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals spoke to each team, assessing the projects on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

This week Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago. I don’t know about you but I love his stories. I didn’t know that Dahl had a life full of tragedy. His father died when Dahl was four years old, he didn’t enjoy school because he was non-conformist and a practical joker. He was often punished for that. He became a fighter pilot in the second world war and suffered severe injuries to his skull, spin and hip as a result of crash landing. He was hospitalised for a long time.

Illness and injury seemed to dog his family. His young son was badly injured when a taxi collided with his pram, his eldest daughter died from complications from measles and his wife, the actress Patricia Neal suffered multiple brain haemorrhages and nearly died.

So, it is remarkable that Dahl wrote such funny, life-affirming and optimistic stories.

His stories and novels are so widely read because it’s possible to identify with the situations that are described in his usual bizarre way. Also Dahl doesn’t hold back from describing what isn’t exactly polite. This is really engaging. Finally, his books are funny. Sometimes they make us laugh out loud. At other times they provoke a wry smile as we recognise our own reactions in his story.

Even with all the tragedy he had endured, Dahl refused to be self-pitying. When he encountered a problem he sought a way to overcome it. His son had hydrocephalus, Dahl enlisted the help of an engineer to invent a special valve to drain the fluid from his brain. Following his daughter’s death, he fought passionately for research into measles and its complications.

I can’t be sure from where Dahl took his inspiration and motivation. I am sure that I admire his tenacity, optimism and creativity.

By the way I can recommend the stage version of Matilda, with music by Tim Minchin – see it if you can!

Anne Coutts
Principal

Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

This week I received an email from the Asha Niketan L’Arche Community in Kolkata reporting the passing of a long term resident of their community – Bapi. Being poor in India is a problem – being poor and having a disability is a much bigger problem.

Bapi had cerebral palsy and was welcomed into a L’Arche community that provided a home, love, and an opportunity to design, paint and print extraordinary fabric artworks.

Having got to know Bapi over the years I appreciated the gentle and warm way he greeted all visitors. There was always the obligatory tour of the residence as he introduced all his fellow residents. He had an amazing sense of humour and enormous pride in the tasks for which he had responsibility. The kitchen hummed when he was in charge! I know it is a long way from the slums of Tangra in Kolkata to CGGS but the way he enjoyed life made him memorable and something of his life and story worth sharing. Framed over his bed, Gandhi had a quote - it read - ‘My life is my message’. A simple but very powerful message for us all. Bapi’s life was his message and it was wonderful.

Last Friday evening two of our senior music students, Jaymie Wong-See and Donica Tran participated in the ACTcent 2016 fifth annual concert held in the Llewellyn Hall at ANU.  The ACTcent concert highlights outstanding Year 11 and Year 12 music students. The ACT Music Educators Network (ACTMEN), in partnership with the ANU School of Music, produce and sponsor the event. Jaymie, (Year 12 Kilburn), played a clarinet piece called Shalom-Aleichem, rov Feidman by Kovacs. Donica, (Year 11 Waverley), as part of the ANU Open School Classical group, played violin in Summer from Four Seasons by Vivaldi, arranged by A. Piazzolla. Congratulations to both students.

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

Early next school year we hope to bring author Judith Y Locke, Ph.D. to CGGS to be our first guest speaker in a program of inspirational and informative talks for the Canberra Community. Judith is a clinical psychologist and researcher who has identified ‘…a disturbing link between high-effort parenting and poor outcomes for children.’ Her book The Bonsai Child, is my bedtime reading and is proving to be interesting and provocative. As the name suggests a ‘bonsai child’ is formed in an environment of constant parental attention. However, rather than becoming happy and well-adjusted these children have a restricted ability to cope and their potential is ultimately limited.

Chapter 3 titled Overparenting – too much of the good stuff, deals with parents over-helping their child. Locke writes that parents who over-help may be doing their child’s homework, emailing or calling a coach to get their child placed on a team, running errands for their child or dropping off forgotten home learning. So while it is natural for a household to revolve around the needs of a newborn infant, many families now take this child centredness well beyond the first few months and find themselves planning all family activities, holidays, and meals around their children. ‘When a family is centred on the needs of a child, the family becomes focused on satisfying those needs.’ This is, as Locke points out, exhausting.

So what do we do if we recognise that, with the best intentions in the world, we may be stunting the growth of our children? Locke recommends ‘…fling[ing] open the doors and windows, and let[ting] the wind in a little.’ The following suggestions resonate with me: focus your praise on effort rather than talent; reflect the truth in your praise; don’t always make your child special or the centre of attention; ignore whining; watch your own worry and expectations; set the rules and establish predictable consequences for defiance.

We will forward the date and venue when we have secured the booking and hope that you will join us for what I believe will be a useful and timely presentation.

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

Jane O'Brien

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

At the beginning of Term 4, selected Year 10 students will be undertaking the National Assessment Program for Civics and Citizenship (NAP-CC).

NAP-CC assessments have been held every three years since 2004. In 2013, for the first time, NAP-CC was trialled and delivered to students online.

Civics refers to the study of Australia’s system of government, historical and current governance practices, Australian identity and culture, democratic processes, the judicial system and the impact of local, state, national, regional and global influences. Citizenship relates to being part of a group that carries with it a sense of belonging or identity and includes rights and responsibilities, duties and privileges.

In 2016, NAP-CC will again be delivered online. Students from approximately 630 government, Catholic and independent schools in metropolitan, rural and remote locations around Australia will participate in the assessment in October 2016.

The online assessment will include multiple choice and short answer questions and a student survey.

A public report on the results of the assessment will be released in 2017. The report will provide nationally comparable state and territory performance data and overall trends for Year 6 and Year 10 students. The report will also provide an analysis of performance by gender, geographic location, Indigenous status, and language background other than English at each year level in addition to an insight into students' perceptions of citizenship, their attitudes towards a number of civic-related issues and their civic engagement.

Students and parents/guardians will be notified by email regarding the time and date of the assessment.

Jane O’Brien
Director of Teaching and Learning

Last Thursday Glebe students encouraged the student body to participate in their annual R U OK day fundraiser.

R U OK? is an organisation founded to inspire and empower meaningful connections between people and those around them who might be struggling with life, by asking the simple question are you okay?

GLEBE’S ANNUAL R U OK DAY FUNDRAISER16 September

Last Thursday Glebe students encouraged the student body to participate in their annual R U OK day fundraiser. R U OK? is an organisation founded to inspire and empower meaningful connections between people and those around them who might be struggling with life, by asking the simple question are you okay?

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It was my pleasure to act as the manager for the Canberra Girls Grammar School U12 Grammar Gryphons football team this season.  The girls as a team are a fine example of our CGGS values on and off the field.  They dominated the competition and only conceded one match to the opposition.

U12 GRAMMAR GRYPHONS FOOTBALL TEAM CHAMPIONS16 September

It was my pleasure to act as the manager for the Canberra Girls Grammar School U12 Grammar Gryphons football team this season. The girls as a team are a fine example of our CGGS values on and off the field. They dominated the competition and only conceded one match to the opposition.

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Year 8 Latin students recently spent a weekend in Elanora Heights, Sydney, for the annual Year 8 Classics Camp.

A fantastic time was had by all; highlights included a mythological bushwalk into the underworld, t-shirt making, a mock gladiatorial battle and an evening concert of mythological plays.

YEAR 8 CLASSICS CAMP16 September

Year 8 Latin students recently spent a weekend in Elanora Heights, Sydney, for the annual Year 8 Classics Camp. A fantastic time was had by all; highlights included a mythological bushwalk into the underworld, t-shirt making, a mock gladiatorial battle and an evening concert of mythological plays.

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A capacity audience was treated to an evening of fine music in the Senior School Recital Room on Monday, 5 September 2016.

Performers included the Canberra Girls Grammar School Level 1 Band, Level 1 String Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble, Flute & Clarinet Ensemble, Gabriel Quartet, CGGS Piano Quartet & the Chamber Orchestra.

CGGS SMALL ENSEMBLES CONCERT16 September

A capacity audience was treated to an evening of fine music in the Senior School Recital Room on Monday, 5 September 2016. Performers included the Canberra Girls Grammar School Level 1 Band, Level 1 String Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble, Flute & Clarinet Ensemble, Gabriel Quartet, CGGS Piano Quartet & the Chamber Orchestra.

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Last week Year 11 and 12 Japanese students visited Cowra in NSW to learn about the historical break-out instigated by the Japanese prisoners of war (POWs) in 1944.

Students visited the camp site and the cemetery to pay respect to the 231 Japanese POWs who killed as they attempted to escape.

STUDENTS VISIT JAPANESE GARDEN AND POW CAMP SITE IN COWRA16 September

Last week Year 11 and 12 Japanese students visited Cowra in NSW to learn about the historical break-out instigated by the Japanese prisoners of war (POWs) in 1944. Students visited the camp site and the cemetery to pay respect to the 231 Japanese POWs who killed as they attempted to escape.

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Canberra Girls Grammar School entered three teams in the ASC Basketball tournament last Monday, achieving some much improved results. All three teams made it through undefeated to the semi-final stage with the 7/8 and Senior teams making it through to the grand final.

ASC BASKETBALL AND FINALS WEEK16 September

Canberra Girls Grammar School entered three teams in the ASC Basketball tournament last Monday, achieving some much improved results. All three teams made it through undefeated to the semi-final stage with the 7/8 and Senior teams making it through to the grand final.

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In Physical Education, Year 4 students have been completing a unit on Aussie Rules Football.

We were fortunate enough to have members of Eastlake Football Club come to CGGS to teach a session for each class once a week for the duration of the unit.

AUSSIE RULES CLINIC FOR YEAR 416 September

In Physical Education, Year 4 students have been completing a unit on Aussie Rules Football. We were fortunate enough to have members of Eastlake Football Club come to CGGS to teach a session for each class once a week for the duration of the unit.

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Jaymie Wong-See (Year 12) represented Canberra Girls Grammar School at the annual ACTcent concert held on Friday, 9 September. This concert is a showcase of senior music students in the ACT.

Fourteen colleges were represented including the ANU Open Jazz and Classical School. Jaymie played clarinet, presenting the work “Shalom-Aleichem, rov Feidman”, by Kovacs. She performed this challenging piece with a great deal of flair and competence and was an outstanding representative for CGGS.

JAYMIE WONG-SEE REPRESENTS CGGS AT THE ANNUAL ACTCENT CONCERT16 September

Jaymie Wong-See (Year 12) represented Canberra Girls Grammar School at the annual ACTcent concert held on Friday, 9 September. This concert is a showcase of senior music students in the ACT. Fourteen colleges were represented including the ANU Open Jazz and Classical School. Jaymie played clarinet, presenting the work “Shalom-Aleichem, rov Feidman”, by Kovacs. She performed this challenging piece with a great deal of flair and competence and was an outstanding representative for CGGS.

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Nominations for the CGGS Parents and Friends (P&F) Association Staff Awards are now open.

The CGGS P&F Association Staff Awards provide an opportunity to reflect upon and say thank you to some of the wonderful people that devote their lives to educating and supporting our children, and creating our warm, and diverse school community.

P&F ASSOCIATION STAFF AWARDS NOW OPEN16 September

Nominations for the CGGS Parents and Friends (P&F) Association Staff Awards are now open. The CGGS P&F Association Staff Awards provide an opportunity to reflect upon and say thank you to some of the wonderful people that devote their lives to educating and supporting our children, and creating our warm, and diverse school community.

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The School Shop will be opening extended hours to coincide with Senior and Junior School Parent/Teacher Interview sessions on Monday, 19 September and Thursday, 22 September from 12.00pm to 7.30pm. The Shop will also be open for a few extra days during the holidays.

ADDITIONAL SCHOOL SHOP HOURS16 September

The School Shop will be opening extended hours to coincide with Senior and Junior School Parent/Teacher Interview sessions on Monday, 19 September and Thursday, 22 September from 12.00pm to 7.30pm. The Shop will also be open for a few extra days during the holidays.

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The Blessing of the Animals’ service two Sundays ago was a revelation in the power of animals - particularly pets - to calm and inspire people.

The boarders were particularly appreciative of all those who brought their pets in for a blessing. (I have had a couple of requests that we do it every family and friends service!).

CHAPEL NEWS16 September

The Blessing of the Animals’ service two Sundays ago was a revelation in the power of animals - particularly pets - to calm and inspire people. The boarders were particularly appreciative of all those who brought their pets in for a blessing. (I have had a couple of requests that we do it every family and friends service!).

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On Sunday, 11 September, Yvette Webb (Year 10) competed in the Sydney International Judo Tournament. In top form on the day, Yvette won the Gold Medal in the Cadets division (Under 17).

The Sydney International is a premier event and had competitors not just from Australia and New Zealand but from all over the South Pacific and Asia.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS16 September

On Sunday, 11 September, Yvette Webb (Year 10) competed in the Sydney International Judo Tournament. In top form on the day, Yvette won the Gold Medal in the Cadets division (Under 17). The Sydney International is a premier event and had competitors not just from Australia and New Zealand but from all over the South Pacific and Asia.

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Each year the Grammarians run a garden stall and this year they are running it at the local election to raise funds for the Grammarians’ Association and we need your help!

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS16 September

Each year the Grammarians run a garden stall and this year they are running it at the local election to raise funds for the Grammarians’ Association and we need your help!

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