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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Honouring our history

Each year we gather as a community to celebrate Founders' Day, the day when the foundation stone of our historical school was laid. Established as St Gabriel’s School in 1926, our School began with nine students in the Old Rectory of St John’s Church, Reid. Pleasingly, we began to outgrow this space and the Melbourne Avenue site began its austere history with the laying of the foundation stone in 1927, with students moving to the campus in 1928. Renamed Canberra Church of England Girls Grammar…

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

A commitment to service and community

CGGS was founded upon a commitment to service and community. Service to our students, service by our students – and through them – to the wider world. In the ELC and Junior School we work to create a community where our young people live with courage, empathy, generosity, integrity and with a spirit of service that transcends the bounds of childhood and the school gates to last a lifetime. One of the ways we try to make our commitment to service a reality is through engagement with causes and…

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Helping teens become confident and capable

This week our staff and parents were fortunate to attend presentations by Dr Judith Locke on Helping Teens to become Confident and Capable. Judith is the author of two very good books for parents, The Bonsai Child and The Bonsai Student. Both books address the psychology behind students in their teenage and formative years and how the role of a parent influences this development. Judith walked us through the journey of the adolescent, and some of the implications and risks of overparenting. She…

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

On the road again

Next week is National Boarding Week. We will join schools across Australia in celebrating and recognising this wonderful group within our school community. Each day of the week is devoted to showcasing a specific sub-group of the broader boarding community: on Monday, we focus on our boarding students, on Thursday, our boarding parents, and on Friday, our boarding staff. With a range of activities planned across the week, this is a wonderful time for us all to take stock of the many joys but…

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Co-curricular update

Dance Company update The CGGS Dance Company is thriving with over 110 students enrolled this year! From Prep students learning the fundamentals of Ballet, to our troupe of Year 7 to 9 students exploring the nuance of contemporary dance technique and expression, there's plenty to enjoy. Dance is a unique form that uses the body as an instrument to celebrate human experience, and a practical pursuit that incorporates artistry, exercise and mindfulness. This year, many students are taking the…

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022

Remembering the fallen

Each year at CGGS we commemorate Anzac Day in both the Junior and Senior Schools. An annual event that provides us with the opportunity to guide our young Australians in recognising and understanding the sacrifices of our servicemen and women who helped to shape our country’s history. In my address at the Senior School Anzac assembly, I spoke about the team effort that was needed in Australian war efforts. From the men on the frontline, to the women on the home front, the medical staff who…

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022

Greatness is determined by service

Greatness is determined by service. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Arguably this year more than ever, it is important that as a community we reaffirm our commitment to honouring the ANZACs – gathering to pause, reflect, and give thanks for the unique spirit and history of Anzac Day, and for those for whom the day belongs. Across the country and here at CGGS, we commemorate Anzac Day, wholeheartedly recognising the importance of remembering those who served for our country. Service and action are…

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022

A brief Anzac history

In 1915, a year after the ‘Great War’ had begun, a collection of soldiers from Australia and New Zealand (later known as the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps or ANZACs) travelled across the world for what was intended to be a straightforward expedition to capture the Gallipoli peninsula to open the area to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and an ally of Germany. As we now know, this expedition did not…

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022

A minute of silence

When we think of all the hustle and bustle we jam-pack into our days and weeks, the school term, and our daily lives, the metaphor of a stuffed suitcase, bursting at the seams with odds and ends escaping comes to mind. Perhaps you imagine riding a wild brumby, plunging down the side of a Snowy Mountain. With the holidays just behind us, perhaps the former is more relatable. We live our lives. We fill our minutes with busyness, work, learning, laughter, activity and increasingly, with…

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