News

Thursday, 10 Mar 2022

It takes a community

The power of a community in action is a wonderful thing to behold, particularly when faced with real adversity. As Head of Junior School, Mr Peter McDonald has noted, U is for Ukraine. The international community is uniting in opposition to the Russian invasion. Closer to home, Australia continues to lead an international aid effort to support Tonga, after our Pacific neighbours were struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake after a volcanic eruption and tsunami in late January. And in Queensland…

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Friday, 04 Mar 2022

The power of women supporting women

One of my favourite days of the year is fast approaching. Tuesday 8 March marks International Women’s Day, a day that provides the opportunity to reflect on progress made for women globally and to consider why and how change is still needed. In the lead up to Tuesday, today I accompanied our Senior School and Junior School student leaders, Mr Peter McDonald and Mrs Joanna Leaman to the UN Women’s IWD lunch, where the assembled crowd heard from Dr Jane Goodall, interviewed by Linh Do. We were…

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Friday, 04 Mar 2022

Education for a better world

Like many others, this week I have watched with despair the events unfolding in Europe. Having spent the majority of my early adult life living, working, and travelling much of the continent, and with former colleagues currently teaching in Kyiv, the scenes have been particularly difficult to watch. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela It is in these moments, however, that I am heartened that our School and our community hold a strong…

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Friday, 04 Mar 2022

From the Acting Deputy Principal (Head of Senior School)

On Tuesday 8 March we will celebrate the cultural, political and socioeconomic achievements of women in society through International Womens’ Day (IWD). The theme for 2022 is Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow. This theme recognises the contribution of women and girls globally who are working to change the climate of gender equality and build a sustainable future. IWD celebrates the gains made towards gender equality, while recognising there is still work to be done. A…

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Friday, 04 Mar 2022

Co-curricular update

Sport update It was wonderful to accompany the Rowing crews last weekend for the PLC/Kings and IGSA regattas. The CGGS students were by far the loudest cheer squad on the lake, and our crews did us proud, securing several podium finishes over the weekend. A special shout out to our wonderful parent community who looked after our students by providing a smorgasbord of meals over the weekend. Our Head of Rowing Ms Pijpers continued her wonderful work mentoring our athletes and coaches. Thank you…

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Friday, 04 Mar 2022

New CGGS website and app

We are very excited to share with you our new CGGS website: www.cggs.act.edu.au We encourage you to browse through it and explore the new site. We are also pleased to let you know that we have released our own CGGS App, which is now available for you to download from the Apple App Store and/or the Google Play store. Simply search for Canberra Girls Grammar School and follow the prompts to “install”: Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/canberra-girls-grammar/id1608086795 Google Play…

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Friday, 04 Mar 2022

Student achievements

Congratulations to Muntaha Siddique, Rosemary Norton, Reshmi Senanyake (Y9), Lucy Piva, Macha Symul and Serina Guo (Y10) who recently received the UNSW 2021 Maths Prize, awarded to outstanding mathematics students in the ACT. Reshmi and Lucy both finished first for their respective year level, receiving a $250 cash prize each. Well done to Katelyn Wall (Y7), who recently competed at the NSW Country Championship that took place at Sydney Olympic Park. Katelyn received finalist ribbons in the…

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Tuesday, 22 Feb 2022

Crossing the finish line

Watching the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, I have been in awe of the athletes and in particular Australian athlete, Jaclyn Narracott. At a young age, Jaclyn’s dream was to become an Olympic champion. Inspired by her uncle, Jaclyn originally competed in Track and Field. Her ambition was to compete in athletics at the summer games but that changed when she joined the Australian bobsleigh squad. In order to pursue her dream, Jaclyn said goodbye to her family and travelled to Europe to train in a…

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Junior School Tuesday, 22 Feb 2022

Possibilities and probabilities

With the school year now well and truly underway, it has been a pleasure visiting the various learning spaces of the ELC and Junior School, and talking with the students and their teachers. The inquisitive smiles, the sparks of curiosity and wonder, and the commitment and determination on display have been a great source of inspiration. On one such visit to Year 4 this week, I paused to consider the power of storytelling and language – words matter. In the story of David Copperfield by Charles…

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