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9 September 2016
Every year as part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Year Programme (PYP), the students in Year 6 carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry known as the Exhibition.

This is an opportunity for all students to be independently responsible for their learning and actions, and this year our students worked for almost seven weeks to inquire into a wide variety of topics under the central idea of “needs and wants drive innovation,” under the transdisciplinary theme of “how the world works.”

YEAR 6 EXHIBITION

Every year as part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Year Programme (PYP), the students in Year 6 carry out an extended, collaborative inquiry known as the Exhibition. This is an opportunity for all students to be independently responsible for their learning and actions, and this year our students worked for almost seven weeks to inquire into a wide variety of topics under the central idea of “needs and wants drive innovation,” under the transdisciplinary theme of “how the world works.”

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Anne Coutts

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Students were shown a picture of someone lying in bed with their eyes closed. This person’s hand is stretched towards an alarm clock on the table next to the bed. Through the window you can see the early morning sun.

As part of a research project, the students were asked to recount a story about the picture. Some told a story about someone who has a busy day ahead with lots to do, friends to see, a day full of possibilities. Others imagined the person didn’t want to get up, they would prefer to turn over and go back to sleep. Sometimes they imagined it was a Saturday and they were going to enjoy a lie-in.

The researchers revisited these students 10 years on. They found that the students who told a story about switching off the alarm clock had tended to choose jobs that asked little of them and had made little progress. The students who had told the most vivid, action-packed stories about the person reaching for the alarm clock with a busy day in prospect were themselves highly motivated to achieve. They had often chosen challenging careers involving personal responsibility, initiative and courage.

Motivation is such an important part of our student’s journey and future career. The more vivid and real the image that motivates them, the stronger their motivation will be. As we create a picture in our imagination, the power of our mind can be set on achieving it. Our imagination sees things, not as they are now, but as they can be.

We encourage and help our students to set themselves goals and we recognize the power of their dreams and their imagination.

Anne Coutts
Principal

 Peter Milligan

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

Last Sunday we celebrated the annual Family and Friends ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service in the Chapel.

The idea of blessing has its roots in affirmation, recognising the good in people and our interaction with the world.

While Reverend Harris did not get his wish that a horse might be part of the menagerie we did get a range of pets. He spoke of the scriptural connection to the place of animals in the lives and idea of ‘dominion’. The metaphor of shepherd and flock was also clearly evident. St Francis of Assisi said ‘Preach the word wherever you go, even use words if necessary.’

What struck me particularly was the reaction of many of our boarders to the animals. The warmth of their response highlighted the fact that they are away from home and missing their own pets and how we are so used to, and comfortable with many aspects of our lives, we can take some things for granted.

Our Dance Fest students were fantastic this week in the three-night Dance Festival held at the Canberra Theatre. Ms Jessica Mercer and the staff are to be commended for the creativity and preparation behind the event.

Our senior debating team were runners-up in the grand final of the NGS National Virtual debating competition this week against St Peter’s College, Adelaide. The dynamic of competing in a ‘skype’ type of scenario has its challenges – our team were superb.

Our Year 12’s completed the two day AST examinations – my thanks to Mrs O’Brien, Mrs Dunstall and staff for the preparation of the students and the organisation behind the AST.

A reminder that the series of Parent Teacher evenings begin next week – Wednesday, 14 September, Monday, 19 September and Thursday, 22 September - the latter is also the Boarders Parent Dinner.

Best wishes

Peter Milligan
Head of Senior School 

Angela Whitaker

FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

One of the easiest Learner Profile attributes for young children to understand and demonstrate is the attribute ‘Caring’.  As part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) the CGGS community is expected to live the Learner Profile and as such we provide opportunities for our students to understand and practise these desirable character traits by embedding them into our written, taught and assessed curriculum.

To be caring, students need to show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others, have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. This marries nicely with the Christian ethos of the school and is expressed in many bible verses including: Philippians 2:4 “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” And 1 Corinthians 10:24: “No one should seek his own welfare, but rather his neighbour’s.”

The other nine attributes are equally important and all are addressed through the Units of Inquiry at each year level. The Learner Profile speaks of the type of person we are trying to foster and to be, and applies to students and staff, and also to parents. It is useful for children to hear the same messages at home and at school so I would encourage members of our community to try and demonstrate the attributes of the Learner Profile and talk to the children using the language.

Our own CGGS Way that asks students to be Respectful, Safe, and Responsible, aligns with and compliments the Learner Profile. I hope those of you with students in the Junior School take time to read and understand the Learner Profile, talk about the attributes with your child and model them so that our children may see them valued and applied.

Angela Whitaker
Head of Junior School

Exploring mental health issues was the focus of the Tournament of Minds performance by a team of students on Sunday, 4 September.

TOURNAMENT OF MINDS: THE MENTAL HEALTH DAY PICNIC7 September

Exploring mental health issues was the focus of the Tournament of Minds performance by a team of students on Sunday, 4 September.

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Twenty-eight highly enthusiastic, creative thinking and team-spirited Junior School students converged on the Australian National University campus last weekend for the regional finals of 2016 Tournament of Minds.

JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE HONOURS AT REGIONAL TOURNAMENT OF MINDS7 September

Twenty-eight highly enthusiastic, creative thinking and team-spirited Junior School students converged on the Australian National University campus last weekend for the regional finals of 2016 Tournament of Minds.

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On Monday, 5 September, visiting author Nadia Hashimi addressed several classes and spoke of her novels and the creative writing process. Nadia is an American paediatrician turned writer, whose four novels focus on life in Afghanistan, the country of her parents.

GUEST AUTHOR SPEAKS ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS AND LIFE IN AFGHANISTAN 7 September

On Monday, 5 September, visiting author Nadia Hashimi addressed several classes and spoke of her novels and the creative writing process. Nadia is an American paediatrician turned writer, whose four novels focus on life in Afghanistan, the country of her parents.

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The 29 August to the 4 September was National Literacy and Numeracy week. In the Junior school we celebrated this important week in a number of different ways.

NATIONAL LITERACY WEEK IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL7 September

The 29 August to the 4 September was National Literacy and Numeracy week. In the Junior school we celebrated this important week in a number of different ways.

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Languages Week at CGGS is about celebrating the diversity of languages spoken in our school community.

Each year language students compete in local, interstate and international speaking and linguistic competitions and 2016 saw particularly excellent results in the Linguistic Olympiad and the ANU Japanese Speaking competition.

LANGUAGES MARKET DAY7 September

Languages Week at CGGS is about celebrating the diversity of languages spoken in our school community. Each year language students compete in local, interstate and international speaking and linguistic competitions and 2016 saw particularly excellent results in the Linguistic Olympiad and the ANU Japanese Speaking competition.

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The Environment Committee is excited to be promoting 'nude food lunches' by holding another Nude Food Day on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.

On this day please pack a lunch for your child that is free from single-use plastics (eg. gladwrap and zip-lock bags) and packaging. Use re-usable lunch containers and aim for fresh homemade foods rather than processed, pre-packaged foods.

ANOTHER NUDE FOOD DAY IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL7 September

The Environment Committee is excited to be promoting 'nude food lunches' by holding another Nude Food Day on Wednesday, 14 September 2016. On this day please pack a lunch for your child that is free from single-use plastics (eg. gladwrap and zip-lock bags) and packaging. Use re-usable lunch containers and aim for fresh homemade foods rather than processed, pre-packaged foods.

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Canberra Girls Grammar School supported the annual national appeal for Legacy.  Four of our Year 9 students raised funds for Legacy at the Deakin shops on Friday 2 September.  

Legacy Week raises awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans.

CGGS SUPPORTING LEGACY WEEK7 September

Canberra Girls Grammar School supported the annual national appeal for Legacy. Four of our Year 9 students raised funds for Legacy at the Deakin shops on Friday 2 September. Legacy Week raises awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans.

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This season, 227 Senior School players, 106 Junior School players, 35 teams, 45 student mentor coaches and umpires, 33 adult coaches, 35 managers, 15 paid umpires and 6 CGGS staff participated across the Junior and Senior Schools.

A feat in itself and one which is unparalleled for a single Netball school or club across the ACT. Our participation base is a real strength of the school so thanks to players, coaches, managers, umpires, staff and parent supporters.

WINTER NETBALL SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE8 September

This season, 227 Senior School players, 106 Junior School players, 35 teams, 45 student mentor coaches and umpires, 33 adult coaches, 35 managers, 15 paid umpires and 6 CGGS staff participated across the Junior and Senior Schools. A feat in itself and one which is unparalleled for a single Netball school or club across the ACT. Our participation base is a real strength of the school so thanks to players, coaches, managers, umpires, staff and parent supporters.

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Last Sunday the Canberra Girls Grammar School Snowsports team competed in the ACT Schools Cup in Perisher. It was a beautiful day and the conditions were perfect.

The team was incredibly successful, placing on the podium in almost every event and as a team ended up tying with St Clare’s for the Senior Female Schools Cup as well as the Junior School outright winning the Junior Female Schools Cup!

SNOWSPORTS ACT SCHOOLS CUP 7 September

Last Sunday the Canberra Girls Grammar School Snowsports team competed in the ACT Schools Cup in Perisher. It was a beautiful day and the conditions were perfect. The team was incredibly successful, placing on the podium in almost every event and as a team ended up tying with St Clare’s for the Senior Female Schools Cup as well as the Junior School outright winning the Junior Female Schools Cup!

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SCHOOL SHOP HOURS ALIGNED WITH PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS7 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.

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ACT Health will be starting Round 3 of the School Immunisation Program in Term 4 with Year 7 students at Canberra Girls Grammar School booked for Friday, 28 October.

YEAR 7 VACCINATIONS DUE IN TERM 47 September

ACT Health will be starting Round 3 of the School Immunisation Program in Term 4 with Year 7 students at Canberra Girls Grammar School booked for Friday, 28 October.

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One of the key values of any Canberra Girls Grammar School student is our willingness and drive to help those in need and to improve the lives of others. 

On 16 September (Friday of Week 9), a group of girls travelling to Peru with the organisation Antipodeans will be hosting a movie night at Manuka Theatre for the viewing of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ - a story of an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliot (Pete’s dragon).

PERU TRIP FILM NIGHT - ANTIPODEANS FUND RAISING FOR PERU PROJECT2 September

One of the key values of any Canberra Girls Grammar School student is our willingness and drive to help those in need and to improve the lives of others. On 16 September (Friday of Week 9), a group of girls travelling to Peru with the organisation Antipodeans will be hosting a movie night at Manuka Theatre for the viewing of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ - a story of an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliot (Pete’s dragon).

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Alex McDonagh has been playing representative netball for the Arawang Netball Association (ANA) since she was 12 years old. In August, Alex’s team were runners-up in the ACT Netball Age Championships in Division 2, 15 years, beaten by only six points in the final against Canberra Netball Association.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS7 September

Alex McDonagh has been playing representative netball for the Arawang Netball Association (ANA) since she was 12 years old. In August, Alex’s team were runners-up in the ACT Netball Age Championships in Division 2, 15 years, beaten by only six points in the final against Canberra Netball Association.

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Grammarian Katrina Marson (2007) has been named the 2016 ACT Young Lawyer of the Year.

When she was at school Katrina says she was always pretty active in co-curricular interests.

GRAMMARIANS’ NEWS7 September

Grammarian Katrina Marson (2007) has been named the 2016 ACT Young Lawyer of the Year. When she was at school Katrina says she was always pretty active in co-curricular interests.

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