THE MAGAZINE OF THE CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
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FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
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A word from our Captains
Photography: William Hall Photography, staff and students
Contributions: Thank you to the many people who contributed to CGS Outlook, including the numerous teachers, students, and staff who supplied articles and photos
Primary School House Leaders 2022
Laying of the Foundation Stone
New CGS Music Centre – Update
Interview with Angus Sinclair
Interview with Shannyia Mongta
A FOCUS ON...
Insight Speaker Series
Year 11 Mock Interviews
SENIOR SCHOOL REPORT
da Vinci Decathlon
Visit to the Austrian Embassy
Asian Physics Olympiad 2022
Teen – Drama Production
PRIMARY SCHOOL REPORT
Learning to be Future Leaders
da Vinci Decathlon
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Kids’ Lit Quiz
We acknowledge the age-old custodians of the land on which our school stands, the Ngunnawal People.
AROUND THE SCHOOL
CGS STAFF NEWS
CGS ALUMNI NEWS
CGS FOUNDATION NEWS
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FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL Welcome to this mid-year edition of CGS Outlook, celebrating the vitality of our School community in the first semester of 2022. Once again, it has been a challenging time for students, staff and families. Although we kept the COVID-19 virus off campus through nearly two years of lockdowns and restrictions, the pandemic wave that swept the country in early 2022 finally broke over the School, bringing sickness and absence at unprecedented levels. At times in Term 2, nearly 20% of staff were away with COVID or winter illnesses, or bearing carers’ duties. Students too were absent in large numbers, with countless families in household quarantine. Classes that couldn’t be covered had to be collapsed or reallocated, students were supervised en masse in the War Memorial Hall or in outdoor programmes, and time and again activities and events were postponed, cancelled or transferred online. While not nearly as dramatic or traumatic as the disruptions of previous years, the impacts of the pandemic this year have been at least as gruelling to an exhausted faculty, a frustrated community and to students who have not known the School in normality for three years. That’s a long time for the young: the whole of the early learning years, and half the junior or the senior school experience. Many have never even known the School that we were before the pandemic, nor therefore what we strive to recreate. Yet, remarkably, amidst it all, were the makings of a magazine like this, brimming with individual and collective triumphs, packed with the ideas and idealism of our student leaders, and vibrant with the life of a School determined not to be diminished. Focused on their chosen themes—belonging, mental health, sustainability and outreach—our school captains have given purpose to the year in rebuilding our sense of community. Their initiatives, including welcome events for new students, Harmony Day, recycling schemes, and an admirable array of service learning projects have worked to rekindle our togetherness.
This year’s Year 12 Shave Against Cancer, involving students and members of the School Leadership Team in solidarity, broke all School records in raising funds for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, where a number of our students have been cared for in recent years. Similarly, student-led events like Pink Day or the Dignity Drive, Crazy Socks for Docs, or the NAIDOC round in Rugby, have all built a renewed sense of community based on inclusion and care. At the same time, as you’ll read in these pages, our sport has been regaining its momentum, and Outdoor Education has begun again at last. The creative and performing arts have been laying foundations for their post-pandemic resurgence, albeit with a number of first semester productions sadly curtailed by last-minute COVID cases amongst the cast and crew. Building on the confidence of last year’s extraordinary IB and HSC results, our academic life is flourishing too, as reflected here in news of science Olympiads, Kids’ Lit Quiz, the Da Vinci Decathlon, and more. Behind it all, of course, has been the enormous task of completing construction of the School’s new library, Music Centre and auditorium. The project has, been beset by COVID delays, disruptions to labour and supply chains, and torrential rain. Yet, led by a phenomenally dedicated and resourceful team, it has risen and taken shape dramatically beside the newly renovated and rededicated Quadrangle; a symbol of what’s next to come for our School. Like all in this edition of CGS Outlook, it is a tribute to the commitment, resilience and aspiration of our community. For that, for all that we enjoy, and for all in our students that makes us proud, may we give thanks. Sincerely, – Justin Garrick, Head of School
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A WORD FROM OUR CAPTAINS TOM GAZARD SCHOOL CAPTAIN My name is Tom Gazard and for 2022, I have the privilege of being a co-school captain. To be considered a leader at this school is truly humbling, the lessons that I have learned and relationships that I have formed have truly shaped my outlook toward life. Further, I am proud to represent the values and diversity that is fostered at CGS. Of the four captain’s initiatives, I am working closely with ‘Belonging’ and ‘Outreach.’ Whilst it is cliché to say, recent unprecedented conditions have created widespread feelings of isolation. As a leadership team, we found it imperative to pursue closer relationships and greater interconnectivity within the school community. The ‘outreach’ initiative has aimed to connect CGS to the wider community and help those in need. I involved myself with this initiative by organising the ‘CGS Shave Against Cancer’ with Nick Yannopoulos, in which we raised over $55,000 for childhood cancer treatment. Seeing the success of these events and initiatives is extremely rewarding and motivating. Moving forward as a leader, my overall goal lies beyond academic or co-curricular success by helping to promote a community that is accepting of all, and kind to others.
GENEVIEVE LANE SCHOOL CAPTAIN Serving CGS as one of the captains is an honour. Every day, I am struck by the warmth and spirit of the people here. Captaincy has given me the chance to get to know many more students, teachers and staff, and in a context where I often just fill up with faith in humanity, seeing their drive to do good. The two initiatives I have been leading are Sustainability and Service. It has been an honour to work with the Sustainability Club, Maintenance Team and Comms Team on our recycling campaign: we have new recycling bins and a system that will hopefully eliminate contamination so we can actually recycle what goes in our bins! Within the Service initiative, it has been incredible to see the results of Tom and Nicko’s hard work on the CGS Shave Against Cancer. It was a truly special event, and I was so lucky to be able to participate. I am excited to see what we do next with Service. Another thing I am so grateful to have been involved in is CGS Welcome, where we aimed to welcome our new students in the best way possible. There is a lot of progress to be made with this programme, but we know that it helped at least a few. Finally, working on Harmony Week, especially organising for Aania Cheema and Jennifer Liu to give the most powerful speeches on racism and discrimination that I have seen, was something I will forever remember.
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ORLANDO THROSBY – SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN Having already reached the halfway mark as a vice-captain I feel as a captaincy team we have achieved an enormous amount but only wish we had more time as the daunting prospect of my final months at CGS come to realisation! It was wonderful seeing my plans for Art-Week that I drafted in late 2021 come to fruition in Term 1 of 2022, to have the help of Zara, the captains, and more so the positive support and feedback of my cohort was inspiring. Now from shaving my head with my fellow captains to raise funds for cancer, to making weekly speeches and discussing plans to lead CGS into the future as a school and community, the realisation that we as a captaincy team of now young adults are making an impact on the school is coming into effect. I’m looking forward to seeing our final proposals for initiatives such as Belonging come to life in our final months, while we all put our heads down towards our last assessments and our opening opportunities beyond school emerge.
NICK YANNOPOULOS – SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN It is great to see that Evie and I have been able to complete a tangible step on the path toward improving the school’s sustainability. The new recycling program, seen as a restyling of the existing bins, seeks to promote awareness of sustainable waste management and support a comprehensive recycling program here at CGS. The School Maintenance Team, the School Captains and the Senior Leadership Team are all excited about the outcomes of this initiative and its possible broader application within the school. Additionally, the CGS Shave against Cancer held at the end of Term 1 was a phenomenal event with $55,000 raised for the Randwick Children’s Hospital – a school record for this annual fundraiser. Enormous thanks to all staff, students and families who participated.
MIA BYRON – SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN I am incredibly honoured to be leading the Mental Health initiative along with Lily. Mental health is such an important topic to me personally, and one that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. It means so much that it is one of the initiatives for the 2022 student leadership team, in demonstrating that CGS is taking youth mental health seriously and in being given the opportunity to build on the resources currently available to students. I look forward to working with the Senior Leadership Team and the school psychologists to continue to open up the discussion of mental health, and reduce the stigma surrounding it, in order to create a culture where every student feels supported in their own personal mental health journeys.
ZARA FORD – SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN This year, I am working on the initiative of ‘Belonging’ along with Orlando and Tom. Belonging is an extension of the 2021 initiative of Inclusion, and we aim to make sure that everyone in our community feel that they are not only included in the life of the school, but also have a voice and a space where they can make valued contributions. Belonging is an incredibly broad initiative and will be an accumulation of small steps taken everyday by the whole school community; the captains are passionate about this initiative, but it can only be achieved if everyone holds themselves accountable and contributes equally to the goal. Belonging, to me, is the foundation of CGS, and I hope more than anything to graduate knowing that the work that we put into this initiative is one step closer to achieving our final goal.
LILY FEAKES – SCHOOL VICE-CAPTAIN It is such a privilege to be working on the mental health initiative for CGS. This initiative is such a prevalent and important topic. Mental health is a topic that in our modern world is still seen as taboo but I hope that this year we will be able to act as a stepping stone for future years to continue this positive conversation. Our goal is to educate and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. This goal is not something that we will be able to achieve this year, but we hope to start a healthy and respectful conversation about mental health. This initiative is one that I am personally motivated to improve at the school and I feel that we have the potential to do so.
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OUTREACH Outreach is a new initiative for 2022 and aims to connect CGS with surrounding charities and organisations. We think it imperative as captains to promote the role of CGS in our region, and aid those in need. We want the positivity and energy of events at CGS to be represented in the wider community. Events like the CGS Shave Against Cancer, and Harmony Day all go beyond our campus. As citizens of the world, it is important to recognise and enhance our role as people and as a school.
MENTAL HEALTH Mental health has been recently identified as a significant and swiftly growing problem in our society, and more specifically in teenagers. The mental health initiative aims to educate students and target the stigma surrounding mental health at CGS, in order to create a supportive environment that facilitates all associated issues. Education is critical when it comes to mental health, and this year we are focused on expanding both teacher and student awareness of different mental health disorders, and providing an understanding of how to best help yourself and those around you when it is needed. Our second focus is building on the mental health resources available at CGS, through both enhancing existing options and finding opportunities to go further—such as a refined booking system for the school psychologists.
BELONGING Belonging is an extension of the 2021 Captains’ initiative of Inclusivity. We would like every student at CGS to understand that their contributions have value: that they are not just included, but listened to and appreciated. We as captains aim to continue making the school a place where everybody feels as though they belong by eliminating discrimination of any form and celebrating the incredibly diverse CGS community. In addition to outreach events and segments in assemblies, we encourage every member of this community to hold themselves accountable in school and beyond, and make sure we are creating a safe and respectful environment where we motivate others to be their authentic selves.
SUSTAINABILITY Through the Sustainability initiative, we want to make CGS more sustainable, and elevate the environmental consciousness of the CGS community. The climate crisis, and the degradation of our natural environment, is something that every individual can fight against in their own way. When a community as large as ours fights together, a real impact can be made. The CGS Sustainability Club has been working hard to improve rubbish and recycling at our school, with an exciting recycling campaign and change of system underway. Further, we would like to improve the school’s energy consumption and raise awareness of how each of us can be more sustainable. Most of all, we would like for CGS to realise the significance of the climate crisis and to see that there is real hope in the face of these environmental issues we face. By acting as a collective we can counter the climate crisis. Every one of us has a role in this collective action.
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PRIMARY SCHOOL HOUSE LEADERS 2022 2022 has been the first year in the Primary School that we have had 6 new houses. This big change came with a mix of excitement but also, challenge. Mrs Dunn posed some questions to us at our first house captain meeting, ‘How do you build a positive culture within a house? How does a house create its own identity? How do you make students belong to a new house?’. The Heads of Houses were blown away by the responses. As a collective we, the captains, decided that Term 1 will be focused on, being together, building a community and getting to know each other, however COVID-19 had other plans and many of the fun activities that were planned had to be adapted to grades rather than mixed year house groups. We were still able to award students their shiny new house badges, meet and plan with the senior school captains, play STEAM challenges together, run a ‘Family Feud’ style competition and cheer for our houses at the K-2 Cross Country Carnival. One of the most special parts of our house event calendar this year has been our ‘Connect to our House’ sessions. We worked closely with the Indigenous Scholars from the Senior School and walked up Red Hill as a House. We listened to them talk about how and why the land is so important to Indigenous culture and where our house names originated from. Most of our house groups were even able to see their symbol on their walk, the wedge-tail eagle was the only animal we were unable to locate. We also created House Acknowledgement of Country together. We are very excited to launch our new logos to the community as well. It’s been amazing collaborating with Aaron Chatfield and Kalara Gilbert to co-create our House names and logos so that they are meaningfully and authentically linked with our local Indigenous community. In addition to House time activities, we worked as a team to design the Year 6 Leavers Polo Shirt. We incorporated the artwork of Sneha Merson into our chosen design, which is very special. This was the first time the students have jointly created the design and it was an exciting process to be part of. We also had a deep dive in one of our regular meetings as to ‘What are our leadership styles?’. This opened up the forum to amazing discussions about conflict resolution, personal development, working collaboratively and team building. This discussion led us to our Term 3 focus which is ‘Service Leadership’ and how we can help and support others as leaders of the Primary School. It’s been a busy semester but we are still energised and enthusiastic about our time in the Primary School as leaders and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve still got in store!
Emeline Ashurst Nicholas Kimberley
Aadit Challana Alice Henry
Alexander King Kaitlin Stoker
Soha Palnitkar Joshua Oguns
Williams Kearns Sneha Merson
Archer Glaskin Alisha Gupta
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SNOW CONCERT HALL LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE On 15 June the School gathered around the partially refurbished Quad to celebrate the unveiling of the foundation stone for the Snow Concert Hall. It was a wonderful opportunity to share with the School and community the progress that had been made so far on the building as well as how close we are to completion. We were proud to share the occasion with special guests Mr and Mrs Snow who unveiled the plaque that, for the first time, revealed the building’s official name – Snow Concert Hall. Proceedings included an address from Mr Terry Snow as well as Head of School, Dr Justin Garrick, followed by a Blessing of the Building by Bishop Mark Short and a traditional Smoking Ceremony conducted by Aunty Violet. The day was a perfect way to reflect on how this wonderful new building will be a place for the whole school community to gather and celebrate many significant occasions and future events together.
NEW CGS MUSIC CENTRE – UPDATE WHAT THE NEW MUSIC CENTRE MEANS TO US? The Senior School Music Department has been in its current position within the school grounds for a number of years. It consists of two classrooms, joined by a mezzanine with two offices and one store room along it, all accessible by one staircase. Each classroom has three smaller breakout rooms attached and if you leave the windows open you can hear the constant waft of music scales and short fragments of musical melodies from the seven instrumental teaching rooms below. Within the compact spaces, seven music staff deliver classroom music, while up to 50 instrumental music staff deliver upwards of 650 music lessons each week, while more than 10 co-curricular music rehearsals continue each week. All the administration and staff meetings get squeezed into this space, and this is just on a normal week. During House Music season almost the entire population of the school will transit through the building before, during and after school hours and more than 200 AMEB music exams will take place twice a year. In short, we are working in a small and crowded space. However, the music program has never been larger and as we reinvent ourselves after the conclusion of the combined cocurricular music program with CGGS as well as two years of COVID restrictions, we are only getting larger. Therefore while
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the Snow Concert Hall and music center project has been a long time in the making, we are more than ready to move into a new facility. However, moving into a new facility is not a quick or easy experience. Much like when we move house, we know where the big pieces of furniture are going, but the smaller pieces are going to have a first home, but may be moved as we ourselves learn how to live and work best in the building. We have been approaching all of our equipment with a Marie Condo-esque mindset – not so much if we love it or not, but if we need it or not. As we approach the move into the new building we are set for our next iteration of music education. We also need to learn how to operate with space. This may seem like it should not be a problem however, for staff who has worked very closely together and communicated important information on the stairwell that we all climb many times a day, we are going to need to develop new ways to function. As staff we are looking forward to it, but we also know it will be a time of transition and learning. Yet it is also a time for unbridled excitement and joy – music has always been an important part of Canberra Grammar School and we plan to continue and grow that tradition in our new home.
WHAT WE CAN SAY ABOUT THE OPENING CEREMONY? The Opening Ceremony for the Snow Concert Hall will be held on Thursday 25 August, 2022. Designing a ceremony that befits a project which is both very large and highly significant to CGS could be overwhelming, but as has been the case throughout the design and construction phases, the process has been highly collaborative, creative and consultative. When searching for a theme to guide the opening ceremony, the team soon fixed on the phrase “let the building speak for itself”. The design of the building by Cox Designs was a process that took over two years and the incredible acoustics were led by the expert acousticians from Marshall Day. The Snow Auditorium will therefore be a space of outstanding quality for the ears and the eyes. The Snow Concert Hall will have a character of its own and the opening ceremony is only the beginning of its character development. The next consideration was the type of music and musicians we should select to welcome to the first audience into the Snow Auditorium. If the building is to speak for itself, we thought we would put it through its’ paces and try out everything from a solo classical work to a series of show tunes to a brass fanfare. The opening ceremony will be a cornucopia of musical genres, something for everyone and a feast for the senses. Now we had the music we needed the musicians. Opening a new auditorium or performance space comes with many unknowns. We will not yet know the finer details of how it performs acoustically and logistically and as such, we will need musicians who are adept at adapting to the unexpected.
For this reason, the opening ceremony will be filled with professional musicians who have either graduated from Canberra Grammar School or have a long association with the school. This choice has unanimously yielded positive responses from the performers, who are coming from around Australia and the world, to “give back and celebrate” the school that started them on their professional musical journeys. But an opening ceremony in a school would not be complete without the voice of the students. This voice will come in the form of a musical work for student 150 voices commissioned for the opening ceremony itself. The work is currently in rehearsal. The theme is Resonance, and has taken inspiration from the resonance of the Snow Concert Hall, the resonance of the earth it is built into, the resonance of the history of Canberra Grammar School and the resonance of the future music that will be make in the space. This work will be the crowning experience of the Snow Concert Hall opening with the sound of the very voices the space was built for. There will of course be a few surprises and reveals on the night which we will keep to ourselves. We will allow the Snow Concert Hall to speak for itself, and we will fill it with sounds and sentiments that will welcome it into the Canberra Grammar School community, past, present and future. We hope you enjoy the experience, and the many more to come. – Dr Anita Collins, Music Teacher
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BOARDING FEATURE We celebrated National boarding week on 16 – 22 May 2022 and thought it would be great to have some insight into the life of a CGS boarder and their families. We interviewed Angus Sinclair Year 9 and Shannyia Mongta Year 10 to find out more about their experiences.
INTERVIEW WITH ANGUS SINCLAIR My name is Angus Sinclair – I’m currently 14 years old and in Year 9. Home for me is Temora NSW which is 220km from Canberra. I live on a property just outside of Temora and my family farms grain (wheat, barley and canola) and livestock. I have a sister Kate in Year 11 at CGGS and my brother Finn is in Year 6 and heading to CGS to board next year! When I’m back home I like to work on the farm, ride motorbikes, play rugby and spend time with my mates and family. My mum and dad made the decision for me to board and go to CGS because the education is better than back home, and I wanted to get the most out of my schooling. When I first came to boarding, I found it hard being away from home. The campus felt massive, and I kept getting lost. It surprised me that there were so many students from a range of cultural backgrounds which I didn’t see back home. Things have definitely gotten better each term as I have overcome my homesickness and dealing with the difficulties brought by COVID-19. It really helped to have mates in the Boarding House and playing Rugby. It helps a lot having people around to talk to, along with staff to support me with school, sport, and personal challenges. The thing I most enjoy about being at boarding is having all the facilities at CGS available at your backdoor and being able to try so much the School offers. But mostly the boarding community—boarders stick together and look out for each other. Being at boarding has also made me more independent, and I have been able to meet so many new people from different places.
WE SPOKE TO ANGUS’ PARENTS, MICHAEL & EDWINA SINCLAIR, & THEY HAD WONDERFUL THINGS TO SAY OF THEIR EXPERIENCE: It’s never easy deciding to send your child to boarding school, but we wanted to give Angus the chance to experience a different environment to the life that we experience on the farm. Obviously, the academic opportunities at CGS played an important part in our decision, but it was also the chance for him to meet people from different backgrounds and broaden his outlook on life which really appealed to us. It took a long time for Angus to settle into boarding—he really missed being away from the farm, and the COVID-19 situation for the past two years didn’t help him get into the rhythm of life at CGS. But he now has made a great group of friends and he looks forward to going back to school at the end of the holidays. Some of the older boys in the boarding house really helped him through the tough times. It’s been heart-warming to hear how they have reached out to him, and we think it’s one of the great things about the CGS boarding community where interaction between the year groups is something that is really encouraged. Having those positive role models in both the older year groups and on the boarding house staff has been a really good influence on him. He’s getting to do things that he just wouldn’t get the opportunity to do back home – being a ball boy for the Brumbies, learning the bagpipes through the Canberra College of Piping and Drumming, and just being part of a boarding community that looks out for each other. Anyone who knows Angus will realise that there is a very good chance he will choose to come back to the family farm one day—but if he does, we know it will be a choice he has made with a broader understanding of the world out there and with the experience of many great opportunities and friendships from his time at CGS. 8 | CGS OUTLOOK – SEMESTER 1 2022
INTERVIEW WITH SHANNYIA MONGTA We spoke to Shannyia Mongta, who is a Year 10 boarder to find out what she appreciates most about being a boarder at CGS as well as what experiences made a positive impact on her boarding life. HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY AT BOARDING? When I wake up In the morning, I make sure my room is tidy then check my timetable to prepare for the day. I then go to breakfast, when I return, I have a bit of free time to check emails, brush my teeth and pack my bag to go to school. HOW DO YOU SPEND FREE TIME AT THE BOARDING HOUSE? When I’m not studying or doing co-curricular I usually go to the main common room with a friend to play pool or watch a movie, when I’m not in the common room I spend some time on my phone or in a friend’s room. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT BEING A BOARDING STUDENT? My favourite part about boarding is how my friends are just down the corridor and are constantly around to keep me company. HOW HAS BOARDING AFFECTED YOUR LIFE POSITIVELY? Boarding has had a positive impact on my life by offering me a sense of independence as I’m living away from home, and because I’m always at school and I have a set routine to follow, and it makes school much easier and organised in terms of study and co-curricular. WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED WHILST AT BOARDING AND HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE THEM ? I had felt a bit homesick as I first started boarding but quickly remembered that I have 50 new sisters that are going through the same experience that I could talk to. I also thought of all the opportunities that the school, especially boarding, have to offer and how I shouldn’t take that for granted. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHER STUDENTS CONSIDERING BOARDING AS AN OPTION? Boarding brings a lot of challenges to face but also a lot of opportunities, it may be stressful at times, but you will always have the support of your peers and staff. I think that any student that is considering boarding as an option should absolutely go for it.
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CAS PROJECTS RIAMAJESHI BRIGHT STAR ACADEMY Riamajeshi Bright Start Academy is CGS Garran House’s partner school in Kenya. This initiative run by students, aimed at gathering funds to assist the school in providing stationery, classroom resources, beds, water tanks and more for the students of Riamajeshi Bright Star Academy. CGS students ran a CASS project to help raise funds by generating bids from the community for a wonderful piece of CGS memorabilia... Pavers from our beloved Quad, marking 50 years since it was first installed in 1970! All the funds collected by students were donated to Riamajeshi Bright Start Academy to help fund their resourcing needs, and will help give their students a better education. The project was a great learning experience for the students involved and successfully provided funding to a school in need. Well done!
Dignity Drive This annual campaign supported by CGS students helps to make a difference in the lives of women and girls experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic violence. Students set up collection boxes around the school to collect donations and essential products to help girls and women in need. The campaign ran in Term 2 and was a fantastic initiative gaining much support from the CGS community.
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SHAVE AGAINST CANCER On 5 April, 60 Canberra Grammar School students shaved their hair to raise awareness for those who have suffered or are suffering from leukaemia. With an ambitious goal of $45,000, they set out to build awareness and garner support for the cause. Not only did our students achieve their goal, they smashed it! With donations amounting to over $55,000. Our very own Head of School Justin Garrick pledged his support, once the goal was reached, by having his own head shaved! All donations went directly to Sydney Children’s Hospital to support the ongoing search for a cure and to donate machines and equipment that can make an immediate difference to the lives of children who are undergoing treatment. A wonderful example of CGS students going above and beyond!
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COMMUNITY SERVICE PINK DAY In the final week of Term 2 CGS students and staff were encouraged to wear an item of pink as a way to show support and recognise those who suffer from breast cancer and to aid in assisting with research to help improve treatment. Students made gold coin donations that went to Cancer Council toward ongoing cancer research, equipment and support initiatives.
PINK ROUND In Term 1 Week 6, CGS Water Polo held its inaugural Pink Round at Stromlo Leisure Centre to raise funds and awareness of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBFC) Australia.
ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE This year two Anzac Day services were conducted to commemorate Anzac Day. The first was a Dawn Service held on the 25 April in the area surrounding the Chapel and the second was the whole School service held on the first day of term with a small in-person gathering and the service live-streamed to all other students. Both services were a moving and powerful way to remember and honour those who served to protect our country.
The Pink Round was a student-led initiative spearheaded by the Water Polo Captains – Zac Newman, Millie Jacobson and Eleanor Campbell. The day proved to be a huge success with over $5300 being raised toward supporting the (NBFC). It was wonderful to see both students and the community coming together to show their support.
HARMONY DAY 2022 Harmony Day and Harmony Week was celebrated across the School in Week 7 of Term 1. The week focused on showing respect towards others and also encouraged students to think about the topic of racial discrimination in all its forms and what we can do as a community to help identify and eliminate it. On Harmony day we proudly celebrated all of the different cultures at our school: reminding ourselves of the beauty and strength that exists in diversity. The CGS community including students, parents and staff shared videos and images of their cultural food, dance, music, art and traditional dress expressing what Harmony Day means to them. The day was colorful, vibrant and a true celebration of how diverse and exceptional our community is! 12 | CGS OUTLOOK – SEMESTER 1 2022
SPEAKER SERIES Our CGS Insight Speaker series kicked off with a presentation from Dr Brad Carron-Arthur speaking on mental health. Dr Carron-Arthur (CGS 2007) is both a researcher and advisor in social policy, primarily focused on mental health. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a PhD in Population Mental Health from ANU. He has worked in both mental health research and in government, most recently as an adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Dr Carron-Arthur spoke as part of the Student Leadership initiative focusing on mental health. He discussed preventative strategies as well as addressed the need to overcome the stigma on mental illness and barriers to seeking help. His inspiring talk was a great way to start the dialogue on this issue and understand that there are means and ways to seek help and support.
YEAR 11 MOCK INTERVIEWS The annual P&F/Alumni Mock Interview event ran in Term 2, week 5 and 6. This year the exercise called for volunteers from the community to support our Year 11 students in their career development. The event was an opportunity for Year 11 students to develop and refine their interview technique by participating in 15 minute mock interviews with an adult with real-world work experiences. Parents, friends, Alumni and staff all volunteered their time and skills to run the simulated interviews with students that signed up for the experience. The sessions saw a healthy turn out from both students and volunteers alike and was a very successful initiative, giving students the chance to build on their interview skills for the future.
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SENIOR SCHOOL REPORT
DA VINCI DECATHLON The da Vinci Decathlon is an inter-school competition which tests students’ abilities to work in teams in response to school subject area questions. Like the Olympic Decathlon, it comprises ten events. However, unlike the Olympic version, these events are all academic in nature: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and legacy. Each year, students from CGS compete in the two competition levels of Regional and State. The School is delighted to recognise students’ achievement in the 2022 Term 1 Regional round. Teams in Years 7, 8 and 10 won first place. The Year 9 team also competed very well and placed a creditable second. More recently, teams participated at the State level with schools from across NSW. Considering the number of schools involved, the results are outstanding. In a field of 85 other schools, Year 8 CGS came 5th overall. Up against 75 other schools, Year 9 CGS also placed 5th overall. Also competing with 75 schools, Year 10 CGS was awarded 5th place as well. Finally, our seasoned Year 11 CGS team competed with 54 NSW schools and finished in 9th place overall. Even more important than these official results are the educational benefits for all students involved in the Decathlon.
In weeks leading up to the competitions, teams meet at lunchtimes to practise on sample test papers, and in the process, they realise their academic preferences and abilities whilst also improving in their weaker subject areas. As they collaborate, they develop a strong sense of connection and teamwork. On competition days, they are intellectually stimulated, being challenged to apply their existing knowledge, understanding and skills in an exciting problem-solving context. Since their allocated time for each segment is strictly measured, they learn to work together against the clock. As Year 10 team member Aidan McRae commented recently, ‘I really enjoy the Da Vinci Decathlon because it provides a great opportunity to work with a team of friends and extend myself, competing in activities not normally done in the classroom.’ – Matthew Schreuder & Phil Rosser, Senior School English Teachers
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 CGS DA VINCI TEAMS Year 7 – Thomas Barnes, Ronnie Sun, Sahil Aggarwal, Anneke Hollier-Smith (regional), Dev Jain, Yasi, Austin Au, Heenatimallage, Hannah Ni, Scherwan Prasanna Thiru,
Year 10 – Aidan McRae, Cael Ward, Isla Moore, Jessica Li, Kiran Varendran, Evelyn van Wijk, Nicholas Lawrance, Joseph McLuckie, Angela Xie
Year 8 – Joseph Sault, Siddharth Banerjea, Sanjana Jain, Alexander Logan, Andrei Esguerra, Lewis Duke, Deakin Fisher, Annabelle Patten Richens,
Year 11 (State) – Sarvani Gaddipati, Wilhelm Gerner, Audrey Kuan, Bianca Handel, Max McCarthy-Lee, Nancy Xu, Odilia Han, Iris Bian
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HISTORY EXCURSION The Year 7 History team, led by Sarah Muller and Alex Thompson, have developed a new History unit on Australia: Deep Time within the Year 7 History course. Mr Thompson engaged in extensive archival research while Ms Muller consulted Elders of the Ngarigo Nation and archaeologists from the ANU and NSW Parks. An indepth and rigorous study, the Deep Time unit examines the traditional ways of life of the Ngarigo people on the Monaro, as well as the science, land management and technology developed. Year 7 students undertook research into all of these aspects of the Ngarigo peoples as well as studying a case study on a sacred burial site discovered by a local farmer in Cooma in 1991. To support the Deep Time unit, Year 7 students attended the National Museum and engaged in a unit covering ‘Living Culture.’ They learned about the ancient cultures of the First Nations peoples and Ngarigo society and culture. After an educational session with Elders, students explored the museum discovering special places and exhibitions. In addition to the First Nations study, Year 7 History and Years 11 and 12 Ancient Historians were fortunate to be able to attend the Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes National Museum exhibition, which explored Ancient Greek society through sport, politics, drama, music and warfare, illustrated by more than 170 objects from the British Museum. This exhibition was a collection of ancient art, pottery, jewellery and weaponry.
Students were able to see arrowheads found on the beach at Marathon that have survived from the Athenian and Plataean battle against the Persians in 490 BCE, some 2,512 years ago. Students attending the exhibition supported their studies of the Greco-Persian wars, as well as engaged in a re-examination of the way the Persians are viewed in Western sources. Students left able to question: who writes the histories we study? Ancient History can be studied in Years 11 and 12. Students explore a range of topics, including the Roman invasion of Britain and Queen Boudicca’s revolt, we study ancient Greek plays, including The Persians by Athenian tragedian Aeschylus. In Year 12, our studies include ancient Egyptian society, the Greek World during the Greco-Persian Wars, the personality of Persian King Xerxes, as well as the Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum. More information can be obtained from the History Department. – Elizabeth Bowden, Senior School History Teacher
VISIT TO THE AUSTRIAN EMBASSY On Friday 27, Year 12 History Students made a visit to the Austrian Embassy. The students participated in a tree planting ceremony to acknowledge Austrian victims of National Socialism. The ceremony was a unified moment to reflect on the need to jointly address intolerance, anti-Semitism and racism.
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CODE CADETS This year the Code Cadets programmes are giving students the opportunity to learn about and tinker with electronics used in the everyday world around us. Year 8s are learning all about the fundamentals of hardware using the version 2 BBC micro:bit. Students are using the sensors on this tiny computer to make a series of projects and solve challenges. So far students have made temperature, light and other sensors; built single and multiplayer games; and used the built in Bluetooth radio to solve a scavenger hunt around the school. In semester 2, Year 8s will build their own maze solving robot car, and race around a track against classmates!
For Years 10, 11 and 12, semester 1 has been all about the fundamentals of seeing through the eyes of a computer. From this basic object recognition, students will be building their own model for tracking different types of objects from a camera feed. In the second half of the course, students will test just how good their image recognition models are, because it’s drone racing time! Using their algorithms, students will race drones around an ‘obstacle’ course using nothing but the camera on an AR Drone. May the best drone win!
Year 9s have been taking their hardware knowledge to the next level using the NodeMCU micro controller. From the thermostat at home, to the parking sensors in the local supermarket, these little devices are all around us. Thus far, Year 9s have learnt about how all these different types of sensors work, even building their own multi-sensor circuits. In Semester 2, we’re going wireless! Year 9s will have the opportunity to build their own wireless control circuit which will interact with hardware inputs and outputs such as sensors and RGB lighting. By the end of the year, everyone will be able to take home their own Internet of Things project.
The Tutor team has also been busy preparing to re-launch the Year 7 program. We’re excited to bring you the all-new Experience Code Cadets series for Year 7. We’ll have more details to share at the start of semester 2, so stay tuned! – Arnold Choi, Head of Digital Innovation
ASIAN PHYSICS OLYMPIAD 2022 Oscar Brown (Year 12) recently represented Australia in the Asian Physics Olympiad which was held remotely due to Covid restrictions. This is the second year in a row that CGS has had a student as part of the team. The team performed formidably and contained the overall highest performing competitor. Oscar’s journey toward the Olympiad began in August last year when he sat the qualifying exam. From here he was invited to attend a training camp and further selection trials in January 2022. This lead to a further training camp and selection trial held at the ANU in April, and from here he was named in the eight member team to go forward to the Asian Olympiad. Any students interested in learning more about the process and experience of being part of the Olympiads which are held in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics are urged to discuss with Oscar or members of the Science Department. – Andrew Shelley , Head of Department - Science 16 | CGS OUTLOOK – SEMESTER 1 2022
TEEN PRESE NTED BY CA NBE R R A GR A M M A R SCHOOL
FROM THE GREAT MIND OF
STORIES FROM THE LIVES OF TEENAGERS
LOVE LOSS & LIFE
Devising and performing a play in 2022 comes with its own set of challenges. After a false start in 2021, which entailed audition week coinciding with the week Canberra went back into lockdown, it has been great to get the ball rolling again. We completed auditions over zoom. We held most rehearsals separated by year group. We rehearsed in masks for the whole process. We never even had the whole cast together to rehearse! But this all just goes to show how important performances and productions are to CGS. We persevered through every challenge we faced, and have come out the other side having shared the experience. TEEN and BULLY are the two plays of Kristen Doherty’s that we used to base our production on. The first thing that stood out about each play is the clear intention to explore the lived experiences of Teenagers, and to portray those in a way that is both truthful to the performers and galvanising for audiences. The second thing to make sure this was the right play for us was the freedom Doherty has written into the play itself. She encourages Directors and Performers to alter the script to better suit their intentions. This is an unusual capability for a play to offer, so we made the absolute most by having students and myself write scenes into the play, as well as making adjustments made to better suit our cast and audiences. From this, we had created a play that was ours, one that we felt connected with, and one that aimed to truly examine the lives of modern-day students. Though we didn’t get to stage the play, we are working towards filming our scenes and compiling a movie—a CGS first! We look forward to sharing our play with you all, one way or another, in the near future. We would like to thank the families and friends of the cast for their support, guidance (and transportation) throughout the process of bringing this play to life. – Lori Gray, Senior School Drama Teacher CGS OUTLOOK – SEMESTER 1 2022 | 17
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Livestreamed into classrooms and at home, House Music 2022 was adapted for both an in-house student experience and remotely streamed to classrooms to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions. CGS students have continued to raise the bar repeatedly with an array of talented and memorable performances such as Sheaffe’s instrumental cover of ABBA, Blaxland’s rendition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’, Jones’ ‘Heartbreaker’ by Pat Benatar, and Garran’s House Shout of ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. Every performer gave it their all to make 2022 House Music a memorable year despite the change in conditions and smaller in-house audience. The panel of judges all commended every house on the quality of their performance and await eagerly to see what will be presented in 2023. Congratulations to our 2022 House Music winners Edwards House! – Jacob Creech, Media & Communications Coordinator
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ART DEPARTMENT During 2021 the Primary Art department at Canberra Grammar School were invited to collaborate with the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Children’s Television Department (ABC Kids) to help develop a series of animations based on colours for Play school – Through the Window series named ‘Colours All Around’ with the younger children in the school from Kindergarten to Year 3. We were provided with a series of poems, each one based on a different colour (blue, yellow, red, green and rainbow). As an Art Department, we developed lessons around each colour asking children to make personal connections and respond spontaneously to the poems through art. We discussed the lines of the poems in groups, and children were offered a series of visual prompts to stimulate engagement and to help support their ideas (in the form of photos and images, books, 3D models, and objects from nature). Children were also supplied with a variety of art media (collage, paint, oil pastels and permanent markers) so they could freely express themselves in a multitude of ways. Children were encouraged to create artwork from observation, memory or imagination.
The finished animation first aired on Monday 28th of March, and can also be viewed on ABC iview and ABC Kids YouTube channel (Colours all Around Series).
The Art Department encourage the voices and ideas from all children, and we see the benefit of creating artwork as a vehicle for children to communicate ideas and express feelings—we look at the Reggio Emilia philosophy of the Hundred Languages, as well as the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) to help guide our planning and teaching.
‘I thought it was nice as I saw three of my paintings. I hope everyone else liked it – I especially liked it.’ – Sarah
For the narration, we selected a diverse range of voices to represent our community. Children worked with a Canberra based sound technician and television producer from the ABC. The children were taught a variety of vocal training techniques and encouraged to use their whole bodies to create different sounds and expressions.
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It was an exciting project for the Art Department to work on, and the children were thrilled to see their artwork come to life through animation. Below are reflections from children from Year 1 after viewing the animations in class: ‘It made me feel like crying – I felt so happy. I liked seeing all the different colours. It was really… sweet.’ – Spencer ‘I felt really happy when I saw the animation. I liked hearing the children’s voices.’ – Daniel
– Jessica Dabro, Primary School Visual Arts Teacher
LEARNING TO BE FUTURE LEADERS Year 6 students had the opportunity to talk with Dr Garrick and Dr Webster on the topic of ‘Leadership’. Dr Garrick expressed ideas on what was considered good as well as bad leadership. He touched upon some examples of outstanding leaders of the world both past and present. Dr Webster spoke about the practicalities of what being a Year 6 Leader at Canberra Grammar School might look like to a student in 2022.
DA VINCI DECATHLON SYDNEY DA VINCI VIRTUAL COMPETITION RESULTS Congratulations to our CGS students who participated in the Sydney da Vinci competition recently. Our teams participated in a number of categories and were placed in the top ten out of 72 teams in most of them. Well done!
CANBERRA DA VINCI COMPETITION RESULTS Congratulations to our Year 6 da Vinci participants who were placed fourth in a very close competition. Congratulations also to our Year 5 da Vinci participants who placed third, again in a close competition.
KIDS’ LIT QUIZ The Kids’ Lit Quiz, Canberra Heat, was held on 25 May. With 37 teams ( 148 students) competing, the Canberra Heat was the largest heat so far. The Quiz was held at Merici College and had the whole auditorium busy with kids actively discussing books and working to answer to the 100 questions provided to them. With $5 up for grabs, students enthusiastically worked to solve the questions between rounds, keeping their eyes on the prize! .There was also a book stall, supplied by The Book Cow, which was very popular with the students. Congratulations and well done to our four teams who did amazingly well!
CGS Secondary 1 (Harry, Oliver, Ava & Dev) came in second place CGS Primary 2 (Benjamin, Avi, Vinudi & Elliott), finished fourth and was the top placed Primary team CGS Secondary 2 (Alice, Aanya, Jess & Audrey) were in 10th place; and CGS Primary 1 (Alicia, Erin, Mairead & Hannah) finished in 18th place. CGS OUTLOOK – SEMESTER 1 2022 | 21
THE GREEN TEAM WASTE AUDIT In Term 2 the Year 5/6 Green Team students participated in the first waste audit with Actsmart Schools and Mrs Potter. Students examined what waste categories we have at School, what can be avoided and how waste streams can be contaminated. Students then collected data from a Year 5 landfill bin from the playground and discussed the type and amount of waste one cohort had created during one break time. Students were able to identify possible waste creating behaviours as well as possible solutions and avoidable actions that could take place at School.
TAKING ACTION Students in Year 3 – 6 met regularly and contributed to this art movement initiative inspired by the students of Pechersk School in Kyiv. This collaborative artwork was created in support of those who are impacted by current events in Europe. The impressive artwork includes collaged images and symbols of hope, peace and unity.
CANBERRA TREE WEEK CELEBRATIONS As part of Canberra Tree Week celebrations (30 April – 8 May), students at the Northside Campus created a wonderful collaborative display of a tree filled with a variety of native animals, insects and fungi, to express their connection with the local environment. Students from both campuses created individual artworks, some of which were entered into the Tree Week Art Competition and Exhibition organised by the ACT Government. Out of the 100 entries, 6 CGS children were chosen as winners, and another 14 as runners up. Tree Week representatives from the ACT government were so impressed with the creativity of the CGS students they asked to take some photos for their promotion of the Tree Week celebrations. Six of our students were finalists in the drawing competition and their artwork were displayed at the Botanic Gardens, while another 14 students have their artwork displayed at the Tuggeranong Library as runners up.
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EQUESTRIAN The North-West Equestrian Expo was held from the 3 to 7 June at Coonabarabran. The Expo is the largest High School Equestrian Event in Australia – it is also the oldest continually running event of its kind. The Expo has been hailed as the biggest horse riding competition outside The Sydney Royal Easter Show. Events included Hacking, Sporting, Team Events, Jumping and Eventing. There were 480 riders this year from all schools throughout NSW and CGS was represented by one rider; Year 10 student Suki (Blaxland). Suki represented the school with distinction gaining the following impressive results: 3rd in her dressage event and 5th place in show jumping. This is an incredible achievement from Suki, and her horse Sprite, with such strong competition at this event.
CRAZY SOCKS FOR DOCS
SUMMER BIATHLON RELAY CGS won the 2022 Interschools Summer Biathlon Relay Competition in a competition with 35 schools in Wodonga on Friday, and Samuel with his younger brother Edward (Year 7) managed to narrowly defeat the Scots School Albury in the Senior School final. Samuel looks forward to presenting the trophy to the school for safekeeping until next year. In addition to the Interschools Summer Biathlon Relay Competition, Samuel also competed in a demonstration university rollerskiing biathlon event placing third. Samuel also completed his first half marathon over the weekend in an hour and forty-four minutes.
Crazy Socks for Docs was a fundraising initiative supported by CGS students. Students and teachers showed their support of our medical professionals who have continually given selflessly to care for and protect all in our community by wearing brightly coloured and unique socks. This initiative particularly relates to ensuring we strive to help the mental health of all medical professionals who are often under enormous pressure in their lives. The theme this year encouraged us all to take tangible action to support all those in the medical profession to care of their mental health.
NETBALL CGS student Kaylah has been selected for the NSW First Nations Netball team. The team played as a curtain raiser to the Suncorp Super Netball’s Indigenous round at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney. The team played against the Giants academy and were presented with framed bibs on the night at the Premier leage First Nations round.
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ROWING Congratulations to Zoe for her selection in the Under 19 Australian Rowing Team, in the Women’s Double Scull with Talisa Knoke‐Driver from Sydney. Zoe will be training out of ACTAS, and attending camps in Sydney and Canberra with Talisa to train the double scull in preparation for the Under 19 World Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy from the 27 – 31 July. This is Zoe’s second year as an Australian representative. Best wishes for her preparations into the World Championships.
P&F MOTHERS DAY INITIATIVE The P&F helped celebrate Mothers’ Day by partnering with Capital Flowers Plus to bring the florist to school. The P&F organised for special floral arrangements to be made and delivered to mums, grandmothers and caregivers . Students were able to buy a single flower or a small bunch of flowers for a special person in their life (with a little help from their parents…) to wish them a very Happy Mother’s Day!
U13 TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS Elijah Dikkenberg and Oscar Andrews represented the ACT at the 2022 Australian U13 Teams Championships presented by Kia up in Queensland. Both Elijah and Oscar progressed to the finals. This is a fantastic achievement to make the final, even more so with two of the three team members students at CGS. The boys will now complete in the U15 championships, we wish them the very best!
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CANBERRA YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL Congratulations to Orlando Throsby and Zach Proctor, both from Year 12 who were selected for the US Embassy Youth Advisory Council. This programme gives members the opportunity to meet with US Embassy Leadership, including the new Ambassador and to participate in and plan events. Above all, the aim of the Council is to hear the concerns of young Australian men and women, and to strengthen the alliance between Australia and the United States of America.
PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION The P&F association hosted a morning tea for our Primary School year groups. This was particularly special as it had been a while since parents/ caregivers were able to meet and gather on campus grounds due to prior COVID-19 restrictions. The P&F will focus on its continued efforts to re-establishing the sense of community and belonging among CGS community members.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD A huge congratulations to CGS Student Ignatius (Year 7), on being one of three people shortlisted for the Canberra Community Spirit Award. Ignatius was interviewed on ABC Radio, at the end of Term 2, about the award!
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB Ronni Kahn delivered the Women in Media National Press Club Address to celebrate International Women’s Day that was attended by CGS students. In the address, entitled ‘On Purpose: Believe, Discover, Give’, Ronni discussed her journey as a social entrepreneur, changemaker, activist, food waste guru and CEO of OzHarvest.
GYMNASTICS Congratulations to Year 5 student Youssef Elhoufy who won the State final championship Title 2022 Men’s Artist Gymnastics Level 6, also receiving the highest score on the parallel bars.
BRASS QUINTET The CGS Brass Quintet consisting of Xavier , Ben , Oliver , Henry and Mr. Retter (Staff) performed in assembly and then students from the Middleton Concert Band took part in the Combined Anglican Schools Bands Concert which was held at CGGS.
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CGS STAFF NEWS
FAREWELL PHIL CHAPPEL James Cameron farewelled Phil Chappell after 20 years and 6 months. Here are a few extracts from his speech... ‘He was appointed to CGS in 2002 as teacher of RaVE/ Software Design and Development/History/Economics/ Business studies/Theory of Knowledge, also having taught RaVE in the Primary school. Phil led the RaVE department for 10 years and has been a Tutor in Burgmann House over the past 20 years, serving under Brian Heaney, Carol Javes and most recently Vivienne Sheridan.’ ‘He was instrumental in designing, tweaking, and implementing the new RaVE curriculum assisted in setting up Year 7 teams to specifically target curriculum in the transition from primary to secondary schooling. In Co-curricular he coached cricket for many years and was the Master in Charge of Hockey. He assisted in formation of The Alternate Reality Club and was an active member from its inception.’
‘Phil will always be remembered for his care, guidance, support, and patience with students. In particular for his pastoral care of some very difficult and high needs students with whom he would invest countless hours and never give up on this was despite a lack of gratitude from the student and numerous frustrating behaviours. I know that some of these students have looked back on Phil years later with gratitude and respect knowing that they always had his support regardless of the situation.’ ‘He would always encourage students to question the norm and was perfectly suited to his teaching of RaVE. As a very deep thinker and he used his life experiences to relate to others and his is classrooms were often hotbeds of debates and intellectual growth, where personal opinion was respected and listened to.’ ‘A true gentleman in the true meaning of the word, and his service to Canberra Grammar School has been remarkable. We wish him every success for a well-earned, long, and relaxing retirement.’ – James Cameron, Senior School Geography Teacher
COMMONWEALTH BANK SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGER AWARD 2022 Our Business Director, Kent Peters was recently awarded The Commonwealth Bank School Business Manager Award 2022. Since joining the School, Mr Peters has overseen the School’s largest ever construction programme, including the new boarding houses, the new Maths building, the new Rowing Centre, the new Admin building, the new Auditorium and Music Department, the new Primary classrooms currently in planning, and much more in renovations as well. He is a passionate advocate of Reconciliation and he’s facilitated the work of the Foundation that underpins our Indigenous and other scholarship programmes. He also led the budgeting that made it possible not only to support families hard hit by the lockdowns and the bushfires, but to increase investment in staff, despite the challenges of this time. For his efforts and contributions , Kent is recognised nationally with the highest honour that goes to those in his role in schools right across the country. Congratulations! 28 | CGS OUTLOOK – SEMESTER 1 2022
CGS ALUMNI NEWS DAVID KENYON (CGS 1974) David Kenyon (CGS 1974) has been acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022. Mr Kenyon has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the community of the ACT. The recipients for this of award span the Australias biggest and best contributors to community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more. As a member of the Canberra community, David volunteers with and contributes to a large variety of Canberra-based and regional organisations and has done so over many decades. From those years of community, business and charitable endeavours, David is particularly proud of initiating & achieving an agreement between the Canberra Alpine Club and the first ACT Government for the preservation and conservation of the Mt Franklin Chalet. David’s involvement with local and national charitable research and business organisations has proved to be very rewarding and has allowed him to meet many different and motivated people working diligently for their communities. David has volunteered with or has otherwise been associated with include the Tidbinbilla Volunteer Bushfire Brigade (a past President), the ACT Rural Lessees Association, the National Library of Australia, The Centenary Institute for medical research attached to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney), the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (Canberra Hospital), St Andrew’s College (University of Sydney), the Commonwealth Club (a past President), the Canberra Grammar School Foundation, the Canberra Girls Grammar School’s Foundation Investment Committee, the Canberra Business Council, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the ACT Brumbies as a current Director – covering the Brumbies and the BrumbiesW as well as local Canberra and southern NSW regional rugby.
In 2016, with his sister Louise and brother Richard, established the Kenyon Foundation to honour their late parents and to continue the Kenyon family’s extensive support to the ACT and regional communities. David said that he was very grateful to those who thought well enough of him to make the nomination and that he is honoured to be awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). David said that ‘while the award is in my name, it represents not only me but the untiring support that I have received principally from my wife, Belinda Kenyon, and from our family members and friends – all of whom have helped me with my volunteering work and philanthropy in one way or another over many past years.’
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CHRIS BECKHOUSE (CGS 1997) Chris Beckhouse graduated CGS in 1997 and went on to have an extremely successful career in Radio. He wrapped up on 12 years with Triple M Sydney and a total of 22 years at Austereo last year to take up the position of Content Director and mornings at 2CA. ‘Triple M was an amazing time for me, being a part of a rebuild of a radio station and working with legends like Matty Johns’. Over the years Chris stepped up to do major network music interviews and music specials with international stars including The Foo Fighters, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Kiss and Green Day. Chris later joined the Triple M NRL team as sideline commentator for Raiders games and also started music/rock photography attending over 100 gigs in 2 years. Chris also launched a podcast called ‘The Rider’ which allowed him to interview his favourite musicians but in a format that was both longer and more relaxed. ‘2CA was a really important step to be in charge of a radio station in my home town, and I loved being around family’. He was then offered, unexpectedly, a role to go into politics and work for Nichole Overall in Monaro as her Senior Electorate Officer / Media. ‘It’s been a steep learning curve but very rewarding so far with a dedicated team and things will pick up pace heading into a NSW state election in March’. ‘I also got engaged to my amazing girlfriend, Mia who moved down with me and is absolutely loving Canberra life—I’m very very lucky.’
At the CGS Annual Celebration of Giving event this year we had the pleasure of welcoming back CGS Indigenous Scholarship Graduate Marle Ashby who addressed our guests and gave a heartfelt and inspirational speech on her experiences of being given the opportunity to join the Indigenous Scholars Programme at CGS. The following script is Marle’s speech which can also be watched by scanning the QR code provided. – Serena Netto, Marketing and Communications Manager
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MARLE ASHBY (CGS 2020) Hi all, I’m Marle Ashby. One of Canberra Grammar School’s first Indigenous Scholars. I graduated with the class of 2020, and am currently continuing my studies at the University of Canberra, studying a Bachelor of Primary Education. I was asked to provide a little background on myself. I am a Proud Yuin Woman from Nowra, NSW. Growing up, my Indigenous heritage has always had a major influence on me, but this influence wasn’t always perfect. I didn’t always have the best role models. Before CGS, I came from a small public school called Shoalhaven High School where the majority were Indigenous students and many were my own family. None of the students talked about going to university or even TAFE. I used to wonder if I would even make it to Year 11! When you live in a small town you don’t often look beyond it. I knew a few people who were given the opportunity to move from Nowra to Sydney on an Indigenous Scholarship and study up there and I became so invested in the thought of having that opportunity to change. John Dyball, a retired local principal who had worked with the local community for decades had liaised with Andrew Leigh and other local politicians to begin a scheme to support students into AIS schools. So, when I was given the chance from John to take up a new place in Canberra, I took it without a second thought. I knew that this opportunity to go to Canberra Grammar, to leave Nowra, and leave that environment was going to be something very special and a memory that I could take home and be so proud of. Within the first few weeks here at CGS, I found it very hard. The work was more advanced, I felt so behind. If it wasn’t for Tali and Moniesha, and us having each other’s side, I would’ve gone home. Luckily, the support shown to we scholars, pushed us through. The dedicated team around the Indigenous Scholars program made sure we had safe spaces to go to, mentors who would listen and advocate for us and show us how to use our voice in the school. Most especially the CGS Boarding community made us feel welcomed and a part of their family. Being one of the first Indigenous cohorts created a lot of obstacles throughout daily life, such as having to deal with racism first hand for the first time. It was something that none of us were exposed to before, but the school handled the situations well. They listened to our perspective and saw that there were some systemic changes that could be made to support us as a minority group.
The first time we all felt like we made a significant change was the NAIDOC dance in front of the senior school. The four of us senior girls learnt the dances the day before, but we were confident. I remember asking if Jones House could sit in the front row so we would be more comfortable in seeing familiar faces and the school made that happen. Each dance we performed, we became more fearless, remembering we were doing this for our people and our ancestors. We were mind blown from all the support we received from the school community; for the last dance our peers volunteered to join us, dancing and celebrating. The feeling we felt after the ceremony, was one I’ve never felt. It is a day that I will never forget and my most precious moment here at CGS. Coming to a different city, interacting with new people, seeing how they lived compared to how I lived was all pretty intimidating at first. Everyone in class would talk about which university they were going to and dreaming of their adventures beyond CGS. That’s what changed things for me. It was my driving ambition to study primary teaching because I had seen how important education is and dreaming of going to university was pretty normal. Which is why, when I finish my degree, my aspiration is to work in rural communities throughout Australia, mostly in the Northern Territory and up in the Torres Strait. My inspiration came from the documentary “In my blood it runs” which we watched in Aboriginal Studies. It showed the systemic racism faced by Indigenous primary school children. This is the change I want be a part of, applying the knowledge, experiences, and opportunities that I was given here at CGS, and using them to be a voice for my people and to stand up to racism and discrimination. I left Canberra Grammar School as a strong, independent, and confident Aboriginal Woman. Finally, I would like to thank the Foundation for all the work you do behind the scenes. What happens here at CGS is a once in a lifetime opportunity that has changed my view on life and so many others. So, if any Indigenous kids were ever given the opportunity, I would say to them, back yourselves, be the change you want to see. And remember you have the power to diminish the stereotypes and the capacity to imagine an amazing future. Thank you.
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CGS ALUMNI REUNIONS It was wonderful to be able to hosts events face to face in Sydney and Melbourne earlier in the year as covid restrictions lifted. We also visited Hobart and Adelaide, reaching out in these cities for the first time, but reassuring we will be back in 2023. The opportunity to meet and engage Alumni of different peer years, stages of careers and life always bodes well for interesting and enjoyable evenings. Our ongoing focus in the state capitals will continue to offer the opportunity to meet, connect and reminisce, however, we would like to initiate our strategy of engagement by offering a greater value proposition to our alumni members—be it guest speakers or an adventure! The annual May Alumni Weekend saw the campus opened up for self-guided and led tours. For so many, so much has changed and improved, yet the stories ‘held within the walls’ are rich in connection to the experiences and influence the School had on developing character and careers of so many former students.
While specific peer years have a focus, there is always the flexibility for groups to host an event at another time. The Classes of 1987 and 2012 will be welcomed back later this year in November. Remember the Alumni weekend is always held on the CGS campus during the second last weekend in May. We are delighted to have back in the Community Development Office, Ms Tammy Foley, as the CGS Alumni and Foundation manager. Tammy will be fondly remembered by many as the Community Development Officer between 2011 and 2017. Her role will be to manage and implement the Alumni and Foundation programmes.
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CGS FOUNDATION NEWS CELEBRATION OF GIVING In May, we had the pleasure of acknowledging the extraordinary generosity of our CGS Foundation donors at the annual CGS Celebration of Giving. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the generous support and express our gratitude for our donors’ contributions. It was also an opportunity to launch The Centenary Project – Towards 2029 and outline an ambitious philanthropic goal as we journey towards the School’s 100th birthday in 2029. Held in the Snow Centre, Dr Garrick, Head of School, and James Willson, Foundation Board Deputy Chair, provided development updates, progress reports and words of thanks to those who have an ongoing impact on CGS. There were also opportunities to tour the School and take a sneak peek into the long-awaited auditorium building site. However, the highlight of the evening was inspirational presentations from CGS Indigenous Scholarship Graduate Marle Ashby, 2020 alumna and current CGS Indigenous Scholar Kouper Miles. Marle and Kouper perfectly articulated the impact a scholarship can have on a young person’s life and the lifechanging opportunities and future aspirations they can give.
THE CENTENARY PROJECT TOWARDS 2029
JOIN OUR CENTENARY COMMUNITY FOR THE PRICE OF A COFFEE A WEEK We warmly invite you to join our CGS Centenary Community and commit to giving $2,000 over the next seven years (with the first 900 commitments of $2000 or more acknowledged by a plaque on a seat in our new concert hall). A pledge of $25 a month (about a coffee a week) or $300 a year over the seven years until our centenary is just over $2,000. If 1,000 families, or half of the families now in the School, make that commitment, it equates to $2 million, or around 70 full annual tuition fees for Indigenous or equity scholarships in today’s dollars – for the equivalent of a coffee per family a week. If 100 members of our community become Centenary Partners in pledging $20,000 over the next seven years, that’s a further $2 million. Should 10 from our community become Centenary Benefactors, pledging $200,000 to the CGS Foundation in the years towards 2029, that’s another $2 million. And should one become Centenary Patron by matching the other tiers with an extraordinary gift of $2 million, then we meet our goal, funding the full education of dozens of bright young students on Indigenous, equity and other scholarships, and underpinning the next stage of our campus evolution.
Canberra Grammar School was founded in 1929 to educate the children of the then young capital of an ancient country. We have a profound and on-going commitment to ensure that our School always plays its part in the education of generations who will create a just and equitable future for all Australians.
What an extraordinary outcome that would be, and what a thing to celebrate at our centenary, a school proudly leading in opening access to its excellence for bright, capable, motived young Australians, who will use the opportunities and education to build the future that all our children deserve.
As our 100th anniversary approaches, we are delighted to announce the CGS Centenary Project. Our goal, to coincide with our centenary in 2029, is to grow the cumulative total of the CGS Foundation to $20.29 million (including distributions) to make possible the next stages of our campus development and scholarship plans. The Centenary Project’s purpose is underpinned by our aspiration to provide unparalleled excellence and opportunity, and our vision is to see 100 students educated at CGS on Indigenous and equity scholarships, in addition to our current scholars, by the time we reach our 100th year. Along with our campus development programme, it is an ambitious target, but we have shown what we can do when we have a goal and set our mind to it.
– Tammy Foley, Alumni & Philanthropy Manager
We have done much in the past few years, for which we can be proud, even with the pandemic in between. Yet, there is much more to do. We have seven years left to raise the remaining funds to meet our target.
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Kouper Miles is a Year 10 Indigenous Scholar at CGS. He proudly and candidly spoke of his experience in being selected and joining the Indigenous scholarship programme at the CGS Annual Celebration of Giving event. Below is an excerpt from his speech.
Yulma my name is Kouper Miles. I’m in Year 10 and I’m 15 years old. I’m from Yuin nation and part of the Walbanja tribe. I grew up on the south coast of NSW in a small rural town near Batemans Bay. I’ve had a pretty interesting childhood with being connected to the country by going camping out in the bush with family and going back to culture and beliefs. We would sit around the fire, throw down a swag and go fishing and swimming in water holes. The idea of moving to Canberra Grammar came to me through my family and I embraced it with the intention of pursuing the application of the scholarship. I knew that the opportunity of receiving the scholarship would help guide me in the right direction in life and could also be life changing. I informed some of my teachers who supported me and pushed me at school and they told me to take the opportunity and make the most of it. When it came to applying, my dad wasn’t too keen on the idea of me moving away from home and thought I wasn’t responsible enough. He wanted me to wait another year but still said to apply for the scholarship for Year 10 and see what happened. One of the main reasons I had pushed to come to Canberra Grammar School in Year 10 was because I knew that going into a new school and experiencing boarding for the first time in my final 2 years of schooling would be extremely difficult. I didn’t want the added pressure of settling in to affect my grades, thus I pushed to go in Year 10.
After finding out that I was shortlisted for the scholarship, we couldn’t meet face to face so I had an online zoom meeting with Mr McNiell (Head of Indigenous Programme) and Mr Brown (Head of Boys’ Boarding). During the meeting we discussed the school’s expectations of the scholarship students and what is expected of them in boarding. After finding out about getting the scholarship we had an on school campus orientation. As part of the scholarship I have been provided with a full school uniform, a laptop, access to the cultural programme and full boarding fees. My personal goals for the future are to go on to university and undertake a bachelor in law and follow in my mum’s footsteps and work at the (Aboriginal legal service). I want to focus on family law and push for more Aboriginal laws around families and households. My other goal for my future is to trial for a soccer academy over in England. I strongly believe that coming to Canberra Grammar School and living in Canberra has made it a lot easier with me being noticed by soccer scouts. When I first arrived at Canberra Grammar School I didn’t know what to expect with classes and what the teachers would be like. At my old school teachers didn’t really care and classes were extremely loud and I found it hard to work in. I remember walking into my first class and everyone was sitting silently listening to the teacher and actually engaged with what was going on around them. This was a wonderful thing to see and I have gained so much from this school already. Another advantage to being at such a wonderful school is the fact that teachers care for their students and are willing to individually help the ones falling behind, which is great to see. This was such a contrast compared to my old school where teachers would go through the curriculum as quickly as possible and not care too much if students were falling behind. The first 5 weeks of boarding school was fine as it wasn’t too stressful with school workload and sport. I started to realise that I was missing home more, so I was allowed to go home for a weekend to try to regroup my thoughts. This worked and at the start of the school holidays I mentioned to mum that I actually missed boarding and wanted to go back. To conclude, this opportunity given to me by the Indigenous scholarship has truly changed my life already and I am grateful for this wonderful experience.
SHARE IN THE CENTENARY PROJECT We warmly invite you to share with us in The Centenary Project in whatever way you may, and to help us share it with our community; to explain our aspirations and the purpose of the project and the CGS Foundation to all whom you know can help. We look forward to what lies ahead of 2029, and well beyond. To learn more or to donate, please visit: CGSFOUNDATION.ORG.AU 36 | CGS OUTLOOK – SEMESTER 1 2022
PATRONS Terry Snow (CGS 1961) & Ginette Snow
BENEFACTORS Naren Chellappah Susan & Ken Cooper (CGS 1961) Georgina & David Gazard Peter Hazlehurst (CGS 1990) CGS Old Boys’ Association Kenyon Foundation The Podmore Foundation Anonymous (2)
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS
Membership of the CGS Foundation provides an opportunity for our supporters to formalise their relationship with the School and engage with our students, staff and alumni. They join a distinguished and like-minded network of supporters who share our vision and aspiration that our students will become curious, creative, confident and compassionate citizens of the world.
GIVING IN 2022 Ben Ashman Simonetta Astolfi Nicholas Barnier Luke and Linda Bibby Bruce Billson Duncan and Danielle Blake Paul Burt Stephen Byron
Matthew Gollings and Cynthia Dimond
Andrew and Annabel Griffin Angelique Gross Rachel Gurney Brian Hall Erum Hamza
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Bobbi and Steven Campbell
Charles Warman Foundation Pty Ltd
Tim Harrison Roderick Jewell
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Primal De Silva
Tim and Mary Efkarpidis
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MEMBERS Ben Ashman Hermina & Daryl Blaxland Stephen Byron (CGS 1987) Alan Carey (CGS 1977) & Family Louise Clegg & Angus Taylor Tim Efkarpidis Jillian & Stephen Goggs Rusul & Ali Hameed Tim Harrison (CGS 1968) Romil Jain & Deepa Singhal Suzanne & David Prowse (CGS 1965) Irwin Prowse (CGS 1933) Thea De Salis Justin Dundas-Smith Carolyn Hawkins & Desmond Yip James Kilmartin (CGS 1989) Robert Mark Graham Matthews Helen & Simon McCredie Dennis Milin Janny & Hugh Poate Stephen Robson Justine & Andrew Redwin Melissa & John Russell Lynne & Tony Tonks Dino Vido Heather & Samuel Whittle James Willson Anonymous (3)
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Paul Burt John de la Torre Jane & Andrew Dimoff David Evans & Rosemary Landy Malcolm Lamb William Maude Geoffrey Mauldon (CGS 1943) Dimitri Nikias (1981) Kent Peters Ravi Ravishanker Kerri Rock David Tridgell Judy Turbayne Canberra Embassy of the State of Qatar
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