CGS OUTLOOK 2023 - Semester One

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CGS OUTLOOK

THE MAGAZINE OF THE CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL COMMUNITY

SEMESTER ONE 2023

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Editors: Ayesha Shahed

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Photography: William Hall Photography, Ryan Butterworth, 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

On the cover: Chicago the Musical, Senior School Drama Production © Canberra Grammar School 2023

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IN THIS ISSUE
FACEBOOK.COM/CANBERRAGRAMMAR FACEBOOK.COM/ALUMNICGS CGSENGAGE.AU 1 INTRODUCTION 2 SCHOOL LEADERSHIP 2 A word from our Senior School Captains 4 From the Primary School – student leadership & House System 5 Halogen youth leadership conference 6 CURIOUS, CONFIDENT, CREATIVE , COMPASSIONATE, CITIZENS OF THE WORLD 6 CGS student wins prestigious scholarship to Tel Aviv University 7 CGS student designs & sells earrings for brain cancer research 8 Harmony Week 8 CGS lights up in support of World Down Syndrome Day 9 Vivid Kids – projection mapping project 10 BOARDING FEATURE 10 National Boarding Week 10 Transformative boarding: My CGS experience 11 Embracing boarding life at CGS – Insights from our students 12 BIG PICTURE – CAMPUS UPDATE 12 Primary School building 13 New Senior Library 14 A FOCUS ON CGS CENTRE FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP 14 The Secondary Schools Global Challenge 14 Montgomery Bell Academy International Symposium 14 CGS Gough Whitlam Address – Malcom Gillies 15 Westminster workshop ACT legislative assembly 16 CGS Insight Speaker Series by Peter Hazlehurst & Diana Zhang 18 PRIMARY SCHOOL REPORT 18 CGS @home 19 The Green Project 20 Celebrating our learning in the Primary School 21 Best Ever Sleepover – Primary School drama production 22 SENIOR SCHOOL REPORT 22 Young CGS student triumphs in WWDC Swift challenge, realises dream 23 Duke of Edinburgh Award at Canberra Grammar School 24 House Music 2023 25 Chicago the Musical – Senior School drama production 26 Reconciliation Week 28 NEWSBITES 32 EMBRACING SERVICE 32 Building bridges & inspiring lives 33 Lest we forget 34 COMMUNITY 34 CGS Fete 2023 35 Building relationships & welcoming families: CGS regional visits showcase community spirit 36 CGS STAFF NEWS 38 CGS ALUMNI NEWS 45 CGS FOUNDATION NEWS

It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to write this introduction for CGS Outlook for Semester One 2023 as Dr Garrick enjoys a special time of leave for the first time during his leadership of the School. We have had a wonderful semester in the life of CGS, and there is no doubt that our staff and students are thriving in our desire to develop curious, creative, confident, compassionate citizens of the world who are ready for the world!

There is no doubt that we are all aware of the enormous change that is taking place in our world and our society. This has continued rapidly over many years, and all the signs are that this will likely continue at a faster rate. In this environment, it is crucial for schools to strike a balance between embracing this change and all the positive opportunities and benefits that it provides while holding to the crucial values and foundations that are an essential part of our community and relationships.

I recently had the opportunity to listen to a leading academic researcher in health and wellbeing speak about how crucial connection and positive relationships are for our health and wellbeing. Far outweighing exercise, diet and not smoking/ vaping (although these are also very important). We have always believed in this as a school, but it has been disrupted in recent years due to factors outside our control. As a result, many in our community have missed important developmental stages in building connections and creating an environment where everyone fully understands what it means to live with others respectfully and positively.

As we return to normal operation and activities, we must help all students understand how important it is to develop connection and realise how important it is for us all to be people who always foster respectful, positive relationships throughout our lives. This willingness to be welcoming, inclusive, caring and kind to all helps us as a school to create an environment where everyone feels that they belong.

As you read through these pages of our latest Outlook magazine, I hope it will give you a sense of the breadth and vibrancy of our life at CGS and the examples that it provides of just some of the opportunities available for building connections and positive relationships and learning that has taken place in the first half of 2023.

With my warmest regards,

INTRODUCTION
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A WORD FROM OUR SENIOR SCHOOL CAPTAINS

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY EMBRACING DIVERSITY & PROMOTING WELLBEING

The past semester at CGS has been inspiring as we’ve implemented changes to reinforce our sense of community, foster belonging, and prioritise the wellbeing of every student. We have witnessed remarkable initiatives that have made a lasting impact.

The year kicked off with CGS Welcome, a special programme that ensures a positive schooling experience for every new Senior School student. We are immensely grateful to the students who volunteered their time to support their peers during this transitional period.

Harmony Week was another highlight, celebrating the diverse voices within our School. Cultural showcases from the Japanese, French, Indonesian, and Spanish embassies allowed us to appreciate the CGS community’s rich tapestry of cultures and backgrounds.

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In Term 2, we organised the inspiring Shave for a Cure event in Week 2 to support the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. More than 60 Year 12 students bravely shaved or donated their hair, raising an impressive $50,565. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed and helped us surpass our goal. These funds will be used for researching new leukaemia technologies and cures. Notably, Mr Thompson also shaved off his hair to stand in solidarity with the students against cancer.

During Pride month in June, we proudly raised the Pride flag in the quadrangle, showing our alliance with the LGBTIAQ+ community. Rainbow wristbands were sold, with all proceeds benefiting Diversity ACT, an organisation providing support and resources to the LGBTIAQ+ community. At CGS, we prioritise creating an open and safe environment for all. We also supported student-driven programmes this Term, such as the “Editorial Grammar Gazette,” a student news outlet amplifying student voice at CGS. Additionally, we celebrated National Boarding Week by organising a friendly touch game between the day and boarding students, showcasing the talents of our boarding community. These events further strengthened our sense of belonging.

Regarding wellbeing, we introduced free sanitary products in all female bathrooms and launched a new warmer jacket as part of the school uniform. These initiatives contribute to the holistic development of every student.

Looking ahead to the next semester, we are committed to positively impacting the School. Together, we will build a stronger community, embrace diversity, and prioritise the wellbeing of all CGS students. Let us carry the spirit of unity and kindness into the future as we create an even brighter and more inclusive environment for everyone at CGS.

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FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENT LEADERSHIP & HOUSE SYSTEM

HOUSE HEAD OF STUDENT HOUSE HOUSE CAPTAINS

Bariny Ms Nicola Di Bartolo

Buru Ms Jasmin Clark-Wellington

Dhiriwiri Ms Emma Potter

Guginyal Ms Sophie Johnson

Namarag Ms Mel Chadwick

Mulleun Ms Priya Sangani

Vivienne Gaffey & Max Axiom

Tae Lee & Reuben Reynolds

Sophie Leung & Emerson Wootten

Isabella Martinez & Andreas Haridemos

Violet Collins & Finnegan Budd

Sylvie Redwin & Coby Choi

This year has already been a huge year for the House System in the Primary School. 2023 is the first year where the House System included every single Primary student. This has allowed us the opportunity to create vertical groupings from Kindergarten all the way to Year 6!

As a School, we value connection and belonging. By having this House System in place, we can prioritise and create even more opportunities for cross-grade collaboration, all whilst feeling connected to another community within our school.

This year has also been the first year where we have been able to focus on implementing the House System at Northside. PreKindergarten to Year 2 students mimic the Red Hill meetings on a smaller scale. The Heads of House and House Captains have enjoyed travelling to Northside to meet and connect with our students at the Campbell campus.

We look forward to what the rest of the year has to offer! We focus on service for Term Three and have House Debating, Athletics Carnival, Inter-house Sport, Walkathon, House Gala Day and much more to look forward to!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Mitch Prentice, Head of Guginyal House (and previously Head of Radford House), for his many years of service, enthusiasm and leadership to the House System. He will be sorely missed, but we wish him all the best for his next adventure in Germany.

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HALOGEN YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Primary School House Captains travelled to the ICC in Darling Harbour, Sydney, for the Halogen Young Leaders Day earlier this year. Halogen gathers prominent leaders from all walks of life to be part of the day, joined by over 2000 young leaders from schools all over NSW. Our House Captains heard keynote speakers share insights into what being a leader means to them.

Former Australian Diamonds Netball captain Caitlin Bassett spoke of her “We before Me” approach to leadership and how being a great leader is about leading by example through living your values.

Comedy Performer and author Nazeem Hussain explained that leadership comes in many forms, and you do not need a badge to be a leader. He looks up to leaders who stand up for what they believe in and are passionate about following a path that includes everyone. Nazeem also shared how it is important to be able to lead with a sense of humour and with a smile on our faces.

The keynote speaker was Australia’s Governor General, David Hurley, who shared many anecdotes about his leadership journey. He was adamant that good leaders listen to and are a voice for the people they serve.

You are not a leader because it makes you look good or important; understand why you are leading. He believes there is a good reason why we have two ears and only one mouth — as we need to listen more than we should speak.

Our CGS leaders were able to share some wonderful reflections of the wisdom passed on to them during a school assembly and appreciated the wonderful experience of listening and joining with young leaders like themselves. This was a great example of CGS’ pastoral and learning teams working together to enrich students’ learning. This opportunity has set them up for success as they continue demonstrating their leadership credentials within fortnightly House meetings.

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CGS STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP TO TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

This year, 15-year-old Akilan was selected as one of the 30 Year 10 and 11 students from across Australia for an initial three-day programme organized by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Founders and Kelly and Partners, partnered with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce at the UNSW’s Michael Crouch Innovation Centre Sydney.

The programme focused on innovation, business entrepreneurship, and leadership. Akilan and his team were asked to find a novel solution to the emerging problem of microplastic pollution in Sydney Harbour, which they approached by designing the Microplastic Autonomous Grovelling Robot (MAUGRO); the name inspired by the Aboriginal name for ‘fish’ in Sydney’s Gadigal country. The robot is to have bionic vision, artificial intelligence and uses existing water propulsion technology, reverse osmosis filtration, and battery power to remove microplastics from the harbour. After formulating a business model and delivering a pitch in front of judges, Akilan was awarded a scholarship to travel to Israel’s Tel Aviv University. Reflecting on his experience, Akilan felt the programme and subsequent scholarship broadened his view on the world of innovation and business entrepreneurship, particularly how it can be used for solving the pressing environmental and social issues facing the world.

“My experience in Israel encompassed a remarkable blend of cultural exploration, technological innovation, and geopolitical awareness. Through this student innovation and cultural scholarship program, I had the privilege of immersing myself in the vibrant tapestry of Jerusalem, followed by a thoughtprovoking experience of Tel Aviv.”

When asked about his achievement, Akilan credited his experience at CGS and the support of his teachers. He noted that observing Dr. Garrick’s speeches and leadership traits had helped him hone his own pitching and speaking skills, and he considers the scholarship a moment of pride for not just himself, but for all of CGS.

“Being a part of this innovation community I now have the opportunity to participate in many community activities in Australia and around the world. My sincere thanks to CGS for building me up and cherishing my achievement. I am sure many future CGS students will succeed in this program like myself for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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CGS STUDENT DESIGNS & SELLS EARRINGS FOR BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH

Zara’s journey began with playdough and an active imagination. She found joy in visiting jewellery shops and art galleries, appreciating the intricacies of craftsmanship and quickly became inspired by these experiences. Zara longed to transform her imagination into something tangible and meaningful, so with the help of her mother and working alongside her best friend, Zara set out to follow her dreams.

Together, Zara and her mother delved into research, exploring how to make clay earrings by watching instructional videos on YouTube. This shared experience deepened their bond and set the foundation for Zara’s entrepreneurial venture, which took an exciting turn when she discovered the groundbreaking work of Professor Leonie Quinn and her team at the Australian National University. Professor Quinn’s research focuses on understanding the connection between genetic mutations and brain cancer, utilising vinegar flies as a model organism. Inspired by the professor’s dedication and achievements, Zara felt a sense of purpose and envisioned herself contributing to the cause.

It wasn’t long before Zara and her best friend Mila founded Z and M Co. Jewellery, a business dedicated to creating unique clay earrings. With their first order coming from a supportive teacher, the young entrepreneurs faced challenges head-on and persevered. Throughout the school holidays, Zara and Mila diligently crafted earrings, utilising their creativity and passion to bring their business to life. Armed with flyers and an unwavering determination, they shared their story and mission with neighbours, friends, and local businesses. Their enthusiasm was infectious, capturing the hearts and minds of those around them.

Zara’s journey has not been without setbacks, but her resilience and unwavering dedication have driven her success. Even during her school holidays, Zara remained committed to her cause, using her homework activities to further develop her fundraising initiatives. Recently, Zara and Mila proudly presented Professor Leonie Quinn and her team with a cheque for over $14,000 that they had raised for the cause through their hard work and dedication. Through her determination and unyielding spirit, Zara has demonstrated that age is no barrier to making a significant impact.

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HARMONY WEEK

Harmony Week 2023 celebrated and honoured the diverse cultural and religious backgrounds within the CGS Community. It provided a valuable opportunity to delve into cultural beliefs and values, recognising how our differences and similarities strengthen our community.

The Japanese embassy set up an interactive stall on the first day, offering activities like Taketombo and Kendama, origami, Japanese calligraphy, and showcasing traditional garments like yukatas and geta. Meanwhile, the French Embassy filled the Quad with melodious accordion music and shared insights on studying abroad.

Harmony Day, designated on Wednesday, saw the entire school adorned in cultural attire or vibrant orange outfits — a whole school barbecue raised over $1000 for UNICEF’s Türkiye-Syria earthquake relief efforts. The assembly featured a mesmerising traditional dance performance by the Indonesian Embassy, accompanied by speeches highlighting cultural heritage and the significance of Ramadan.

The week concluded with an enchanting flamenco dance performance by the Spanish Embassy, exclusively for Primary school students. They gained a deeper understanding of flamenco and Spanish culture and had the opportunity to join in and dance.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the embassies that contributed to the success of Harmony Week. We eagerly await next year’s celebration, where we will again cherish and embrace our diverse community.

– The Senior School Captains

CGS LIGHTS UP IN SUPPORT OF WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

CGS made history on 21 March 2023 by hosting a “Light-Up-a-Landmark” event to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, the first of its kind in Canberra and Australia. The event showcased CGS’s dedication to inclusivity and honoured the accomplishments of individuals with Down Syndrome.

World Down Syndrome Day, observed annually on 21 March, coincides with Harmony Day and the United Nations International Day for combating racial discrimination. These events promote inclusiveness, cultural diversity, and a sense of belonging for all. Since 2012, the United Nations officially recognised World Down Syndrome Day, emphasising the rights and equal opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Under the theme “With Us Not For Us,” the event embraced a human rights-based approach to disability, moving away from outdated charity models. Attendees enjoyed the screening of the short film ‘Not your average Joe,’ introduced by CGS alumnus Daniel Smart, who also coaches Joe Maloney through Everyday Champions. Guest speakers emphasised the positive impact on families, the significance of diversity and inclusion, and the need for an inclusive Australia for all families with disabilities.

The evening reached its pinnacle with the illuminating display of CGS’s heritage-listed Dining Hall building in the main quad. This event joined the prestigious list of landmarks worldwide that have participated in Light-Up initiatives, including the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Empire State Building in New York, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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VIVIDKIDS

Last year, the Primary Art department received an exciting proposal from Spinifex Group, a digital media agency. They offered a collaboration opportunity for a 6-minute animation to be showcased at the Vivid Sydney festival in 2023. Vivid Sydney, organised by Destination NSW, is a vibrant event spanning 23 days across multiple locations in Sydney.

To seize this chance, an internal projection mapping competition was initiated. Children designed images on iconic Sydney buildings, drawing inspiration from each structure’s unique shape to enhance their creative designs.

PROJECTION MAPPING PROJECT

Six students from years 2, 3, and 6 were selected based on their originality, technical skills, and ability to harmonise designs with building shapes. The participants were David and George Zhang, Alyssa Cassimatis, James McFarlane, Shantini Garrick, and Ayana Mehra. Seven Blue Gum Community School children also joined this collaboration.

The animation focused on the threatened and endangered species of New South Wales, aligning with the 2023 Sydney Vivid theme of celebrating nature. Each child researched a specific habitat and its inhabitant animals, including those at risk. The chosen environments ranged from the Snowy Mountains and inner-city Sydney to the NSW coastline and arid deserts.

On February 20, 2023, CGS students attended a workshop at the Artyology studio led by Jason French, the creative director at Spinifex, and Melissa Lee, the executive producer. The workshop educated the children about projection mapping and animation. With the guidance of art teachers and Jason, the students created artwork digitally traced into Procreate, considering the buildings’ shapes.

The children’s artwork underwent digital enhancement in Photoshop before animator Tony Papesh brought it to life, involving the children at every stage.

This collaboration provides an excellent platform for celebrating children’s artwork and raising awareness about protecting threatened species. The media launch occurred on May 21, 2023, with children and families attending the event at Cadman’s Cottage in the Rocks, Sydney’s oldest building. The animation played daily during the Vivid Sydney festival, held from May 26 to June 17, 2023.

We thank Spinifex and Destination NSW for this incredible opportunity and the valuable experience it provided our students.

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NATIONAL BOARDING WEEK

National Boarding Week, observed from 15-21 May 2023, was a special time to celebrate boarding at CGS. With 130 boarders from local, interstate, and international areas, we aimed to raise awareness of the valuable benefits our boarding school offers young people and recognise the significant contributions of our boarders to the CGS community.

Throughout the week, an array of activities showcased the spirit of our boarding community. Day friends and staff members joined the boarders for a memorable dinner, and boarders led their tutor groups on tours of the boarding house, providing insights into the unique boarding experience. The week also featured a captivating whipcracking display during assembly, a chapel service, and an elegant formal dinner. To add to the fun, entertaining party games thrilled and challenged our boarders.

The week concluded with a touch football game, where everyone displayed humility and success.

National Boarding Week demonstrated how our boarders enrich the heart and soul of our school. Their presence and contributions make a significant difference, creating a vibrant and inclusive community at CGS.

TRANSFORMATIVE BOARDING: MY CGS EXPERIENCE

Boarding at Canberra Grammar School has been an incredible experience for me and my parents. It saves me from enduring a two-hour bus ride each day! Before CGS, I attended a small school where it was tough to find friends since there weren’t many students in my year. But at CGS, I’ve found a place where friendships flourish, sports skills grow, and educational achievements thrive.

Being at CGS has made me more independent. With my parents away, I’ve learned to handle chores and schoolwork on my own. The other boarders have become like a second family; offering support and guidance when talking to teachers can feel difficult. They’ve faced challenges too and understand what I’m going through.

The staff members on duty have played a crucial role in my personal growth. They’re always there to talk to, giving me advice and helping me overcome academic and athletic obstacles. They push me to exceed my own expectations.

One of the highlights of boarding life is National Boarding Week. During this special time, we engage in activities that bring us closer together, strengthening the bonds within our boarding house and creating lasting friendships.

I’ve formed numerous friendships during my time at CGS, which has made my experience even more fulfilling. The coeducational environment and having my brother here have added to the fun. I highly recommend CGS to my friends because it provides abundant opportunities for academic and sporting achievements within and beyond the boarding house. Overall, my time at Canberra Grammar School has been incredibly enjoyable. Moving from a day student to a boarding student has been an extraordinary journey. Boarding has become integral to who I am, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

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EMBRACING BOARDING LIFE AT CGS INSIGHTS FROM OUR STUDENTS

CGS has become a cherished community for the McCammon brothers, Henry and Edward. They provide valuable perspectives on their boarding experiences and the advantages they have discovered at CGS.

Henry, a Year 8 boarder from Townsville, joined CGS boarding this year when his parents were posted to the area. Edward, who was already attending CGS, chose to board to stay connected to the School despite his family’s relocation to Townsville.

Both brothers have found unique advantages as CGS boarding students. Edward appreciates the relaxed mornings and his close relationships with fellow boarders. Before boarding at CGS, Edward felt rushed and lacked structure in student life. Boarding has given him a chance to socialise and form meaningful connections with his peers. Henry values the structured environment that allows him to spend quality time with friends and build camaraderie.

The boarding community at CGS has had a profound influence on both brothers. They have learned acceptance, empathy, and the value of understanding diverse perspectives. Boarding has also fostered organisation skills in Edward and independence in Henry. CGS offers various support systems and resources for academic and emotional wellbeing. Both brothers emphasise the importance of peer support and collaboration in tasks and assignments. The boarding staff and faculty have been instrumental in their growth, assisting with assessments and nurturing character development.

Participation in extracurricular activities is a significant aspect of CGS boarding. Edward actively engages in many sports, particularly rugby, and enjoys weekend trips to support the Raiders and Brumbies, fostering a sense of belonging within the wider CGS community.

Both brothers value the close bonds formed with peers, the variety of meals, and the personal growth they have experienced through CGS boarding.

Boarding has influenced Edward’s perception of life beyond school, encouraging him to strive for excellence in all areas. After graduating from CGS, both brothers aspire to impact the communities they encounter positively.

Henry and Edward McCammon appreciate the enriching experiences and advantages of CGS boarding. They feel that the sense of community, peer support, personal growth, and the pursuit of excellence make CGS boarding exceptional.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL BUILDING

Work on the Primary School Development is progressing well. The Construction Control team are again delivering well against what are some tight timelines and achieving these results within the midst of a busy and vibrant Primary School. The School is thankful to all of its community who have been willing to adjust as required to ensure the project is undertaken efficiently.

The project will deliver 12 superb classrooms for the Year 5 and 6 cohorts, with 6 classrooms on each level, and the classrooms will have access to a very ample open space within each level. The classrooms are all well sized and will feature large windows to draw on the natural light. The Primary School Administration will also relocate into the new building, and this will provide a significant upgrade to the entry into the Primary Campus. The building has been designed around incorporating the two significant trees that adorn the front of the campus. A full array of solar panels is being incorporated on the roof, which will further enhance the Schools commitment to sustainability.

The roof is almost complete, and the brickwork is well advanced. The design has certainly stretched the skillsets of all involved with lots of interesting, curved walls involved. In the very near future, the scaffolding that currently surrounds the site will begin to be removed, and this will then begin to reveal the building that will become such a significant part of the Primary School.

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NEW SENIOR LIBRARY

At the beginning of 2023, the Canberra Grammar School Senior Library found its new home atop the Snow Concert Hall atrium. Senior students had spent dozens of hours towards the end of 2022 diligently helping to pack close to 200 boxes from the old library in preparation for the move, and it was no small task filling, organizing, and arranging the space for the first day of Term 1.

The Library boasts several spacious and well-appointed study rooms for students, equipped with modern desks, a dedicated non-fiction room for silent study, chairs, and cosy lounges with breathtaking views overlooking the Main Oval and the Quad; the floor-to-ceiling glass windows on either side fill the space with an abundance of warm, invigorating natural light all throughout the day.

The Senior Library has undeniably become a popular hot spot for students during and after School hours, providing an inviting space for lessons, to fit in some extra study, indulge in immersive reading, or simply unwind and enjoy the magnificent view. Under the guidance of staff experienced in the education of reading, Canberra Grammar School’s new Senior Library is absolutely flourishing.

“BORROWERS HAVE PRAISED THE EASIER-TO-FIND BOOKS WITH THE NEW ‘GENRE-FIED’ SHELVING AND SIGNAGE, AS WELL AS THE NEW SELF-CHECKOUT SYSTEMS. LIBRARY STAFF HAVE BEEN PLEASED BY THE LARGE INCREASE IN STUDENT USAGE AND THE INCREASE IN BOOK BORROWING, WHICH HAS ALMOST DOUBLED COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME IN 2022.”
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– Renee Jones, Head of Department, Library Services

THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS GLOBAL CHALLENGE

We worked with Australian National University (ANU) to host the inaugural Secondary Schools Global Challenge, a crisis simulation activity attended by teams of senior students across Canberra. Students studying Australian and Global Politics took on the roles of state and non-state actors in dealing with a fictional crisis overseen by a team of experts from ANU’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. A team from Dickson College won, with Brindabella Christian College and Daramalan College coming second and third. The crisis simulation was experiential learning at its best, as students had the opportunity to hear from academic experts in their fields and enact diplomatic solutions to real-world problems.

MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Two students from CGS participate in the annual Montgomery Bell International Symposium, spending six months researching and responding to prompts from the organisers before attending the Symposium to hear from experts and formulate, as an international group, an Accord on the chosen topic.

This year’s topic was ‘The Future of Work and the Just Economy’, hosted by the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. CGS Students Thomas Fahey and Nivedita Gawarikar met with their counterparts from Africa, Europe, Asia, and South and North America to learn, debate and share their findings. In addition to their research, during the six-day symposium, the students heard from an expert in policy and governance, Tessa Dooms, academic Dr Max Matschke, futurist Dr Graeme Coderington, and those working directly in enhancing access to work and the economy, such as Nicola Galombik and the African Reclaimers Organisation. Galombik, who created a job network that now has over 7 million subscribers and worked with employers better to understand the skills and experiences of these jobseekers, leading to better employment, gave a keynote speech that set the tone for the students: how to find solutions to problems that can’t be solved with technology or education. The students rose to the challenge, presenting an Accord that sought to create a fairer future while recognising that the solutions would depend on individual contexts.

This is at the heart of Global Citizenship: making connections and working on global challenges in their local communities. The next Symposium will be hosted by CGS in Canberra in 2024.

A FOCUS ON CGS CENTRE FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
Under the banner of the CGS Centre for Global Citizenship, several programmes are run which provide opportunities for students and our community to develop their understanding of the world, intending to foster global citizenship: seeing themselves as collaborative and compassionate citizens of the world.
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– Elizabeth Allsopp, Head of CGS Centre for Global Citizenship

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

MALCOLM GILLIES (CGS 1972) EMERITUS PROFESSOR

Since its launch in 2020, the annual CGS Gough Whitlam Address has included a speaker and a topic chosen that reflects the legacy and example of the School’s most prominent and wellknown former students, the 21st Prime Minister of Australia. This year, the Address was given by Emeritus Professor at ANU and the London Metropolitan University, Malcolm Gillies AM KC. One of our most academically accomplished former students, he holds dual doctorates and multiple degrees in Music, Arts and Education from the Universities of Cambridge, London, Melbourne and the ANU.

To Years 11 and 12 students, Professor Gillies’ presentation on “Your Senses and Your Education” investigated the role of the senses in learning and whether we make enough of the full range of human senses in honing rational and emotional intelligence. He used a range of musical examples performed by student musicians in the Snow Concert Hall to challenge the audience to heighten their sense perceptions and consider the importance of the performing arts.

WESTMINSTER WORKSHOP ACT LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Shaan, Halle, Zac and Anoushka attended the Westminster Workshop at the ACT Legislative Assembly and had the opportunity to engage in a parliamentary debate on the contentious topic of whether the voting age should be changed to 16, investigate Westminster systems and how they differ from ours, and, meet with four MLAs for a Q&A session. Held in the ACT legislative assembly, the workshop was attended by senior students from across the ACT.

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SPEAKER SERIES

Initially proposed by one of our students, this is a speaker programme where successful individuals from different fields speak to students about their experiences and interests. We have expanded this into a Masterclass series, where students of all ages can attend classes run by experts in their areas of interest. The opportunity for students to hear from accomplished individuals in various fields provides remarkable insights into current issues and concerns. It also allows students to ask questions and consider how they can contribute to finding solutions or addressing these broader concerns. Students can also hear how others found their way into their fields and evaluate different approaches to their future paths.

INSIGHT MASTER CLASS BY PETER HAZLEHURST

We proudly welcomed back CGS Alumnus Peter Hazlehurst (CGS 1990) as part of the CGS Insight series. Since graduating from CGS, Peter has had an enviable career in FinTech, with roles like Director at Google, Head of Uber Money, and COO at Postmates to now the co-founder and CEO of Synctera ( banking as a service platform). Senior Computer Science and Software Development students were able to have their questions about the future of IT, Silicon Valley, start-ups and more answered in a frank and wideranging Q&A. Peter shared examples of how essential the skills of teamwork, creativity and resilience are, and provided some excellent life advice: do what you love.

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INSIGHT MASTER CLASS BY DIANA ZHANG (WOMEN IN STEM)

All 21 of us were excited to attend a Masterclass presented by Diana Zhang, a Fulbright Scholar and PhD student. Diana spoke to us about her life in High School, becoming a professional violinist and then wholly changing degrees in University to become a scientist, including creating a chemical instrument that has a 96% accuracy in detecting Parkinson’s disease. Her presentation gave us all an insight into her life working in STEM and how it has sent her to many places in life. We learned from Diana that working in STEM requires you to think with a growth mindset. This means staying persistent and never giving up. She shared with us two useful phrases as advice.

The first was: Ask yourself ‘What if?’ and use this question as inspiration to create a new idea. The other: If you have yet to succeed or achieve your planned outcome, don’t stop trying, say ‘Not yet,’ and continue until you reach success. Learning from Diana’s experiences was one of the most interesting things in this masterclass. It taught us that you can achieve whatever you desire and must stay persistent and determined. Additionally, it is inspirational how Diana’s degree in music and science has allowed her to partake in such different fields yet make a notable impact in the scientific world through her constant effort.

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This year we have established CGS@Home, a parent partnership programme of events where we invite prominent speakers and experts in their fields to assist and educate parents on pertinent issues affecting our children.

To start, we welcomed Kirra Pendergast from Safe on Social, who is Australia’s leading expert on how we can safeguard our students online.

Topics covered included:

• Age Recommendation Guidelines and The Law

• Safeguarding and healthy habits to assist with safe technology use

• What to look for and how can we protect our children from potential exploitation and grooming online

• Specific App awareness and settings to minimise potential harm or exposure.

• Legalities surrounding the online safety space; and

• How to report Cyber-Bullying. We hope to continue working closely with Kirra and Safe on Social.

Next, we welcomed Maggie Dent, who is a parenting expert celebrity! Her presentation was centred on “10 Building Blocks for Children 0 – 12”. The range of topics included:

• Nutrition

• Strong adult attachment

• The importance of play

• Life Skills; and

• Forming and maintaining boundaries. The message I gained as a parent was “Embed love deeply. Love ferociously and unconditionally”.

We have also welcomed Tessa Opie from ‘In Your Skin’. This was a confronting yet important topic in the developing space of inclusion, identity, sex and gender. Topics covered were:

• The sexual health and behaviour of Australian secondary school students

• Gender and sexual diversity

• Prevalence and safeguards to sexual violence

• The impact of the media, including online pornography; and

• How evidence-based ‘Relationships and Sexuality Education’ can improve young people’s sexual health and safety.

We will continue working closely with Tessa to embed these principles in our daily conversations and student interactions.

Next term, we are excited to welcome Peter Sullivan, a Mathematics expert. Peter will work with parents on how they can support their child’s love of maths and encourage skill development based on games and greater engagement with numbers and patterns.

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THE GREEN PROJECT

The Green Project has gone from strength to strength this year. Continuing a message of care, compassion and responsibility, the Green Team students and the school community have delivered further action at the Red Hill and North Side Campus.

The Re-collect container deposit scheme bins have continued to be a success, with our students helping to save 180kg and 3,512 bottles from landfill and 341 kilograms of greenhouse gases.

Green team students meet throughout the term to take action in our School. These earth-conscious students either help collect waste from our playgrounds, educate younger students on compost, or collect organic waste for our compost cones. We have also purchased two more compost cones for our school playgrounds, which means even more organic waste can be saved from landfills.

Another initiative that will take effect in Semester 2 is reducing waste from the canteen. Green team students completed a waste audit last year and noticed that the small single-serve sauces contributed to waste in our bins. After taking the students’ concerns to the CGS Services Manager, it was agreed that these would be phased out and replaced by large sauce containers.

Staff also support the waste-free lunches by bringing a reusable container to the canteen or using crockery instead of single-use containers. Both the Primary and Senior Schools have taken on this initiative on Fridays.

Ms Emma Potter has strongly connected with the Sustainable Schools Programme, a government-backed support network that continues to provide education and assistance with future projects. A Sustainable Schools Programme Online portal has been created through this relationship, which will also enormously assist programme objectives.

2022 CLIMATE CHOICES SCHOOLS AWARD WINNERS

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Left to Right in photo: Naaz B, Sophie L, Oluwatoni B, Lachie M, Mrs Emma Potter

CELEBRATING OUR LEARNING IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

This year we have established CGS@Home, a parent partnership programme of events where we invite prominent speakers and experts in their fields to assist and educate parents on pertinent issues affecting our children.

This semester’s Showcase events have been a resounding success! Students warmly welcomed parents and grandparents into their classrooms, sharing their learning and accomplishments. These events foster connections across disciplines, allowing families to experience a typical school day. Students proudly exhibit the CGS 5 Cs and IB Learner Profile attributes, cultivating their international mindedness by exploring real-life issues from multiple perspectives. They demonstrate independence, responsibility and take action based on their learning. These cherished opportunities strengthen our school community, celebrating student achievements and promoting a sense of pride and excitement for all involved.

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Best-ever

The Primary School co-curricular theatre production was on stage once more in 2023. ‘Best-Ever Sleepover’ was a student-devised work based on the students’ response to the Alison Lester children’s book ‘Yikes!’, which explores the dreams of adventure.

When five siblings accidentally schedule their best-ever sleepovers all on the same night, they are forced to combine into one chaotic party. Some friends want to scare each other with horror stories, some are planning a complex prank, and others have a secret mission to complete. Meanwhile, the five siblings are also carrying a big secret, which threatens to ruin everything. How can they have the best-ever sleepover with so much going on?

A fun-filled, action-packed performance, there were plenty of opportunities for a good laugh. The play also touched on deeper topics, such as personal fears and the realities of moving on in life and leaving friends behind. ‘Best-Ever Sleepover’ highlighted our students’ creativity and confidence as they gave four matinee performances to their peers and an evening performance for the community, and it was wonderful to see the learning in action.

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YOUNG CGS STUDENT TRIUMPHS IN WWDC SWIFT CHALLENGE, REALISES DREAM

William Laverty, a 15-year-old Canberra Grammar School student, has won the prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference 2023 Swift Student Challenge. This marks William’s second victory in the competition. However, unlike the past few years when WWDC events were held online due to the pandemic, this year’s event allowed William to attend in person at Apple Park.

The WWDC student program, now in its 12th year, provides a global platform for student developers to showcase their skills. Participants submitted interactive scenes in a Swift playground, with winners like William receiving exclusive WWDC23 outerwear, Air Pods Pro, a customised pin set, and a one-year membership in the Apple Developer Program. William’s passion for coding ignited in primary school. He has since developed several mobile apps, including a cooking recipe app and a music app that transforms a mini piano into a song player. For his winning entry this year, William addressed environmental challenges through technology by tackling the critical issue of pollution. His app allows users to assume the roles of a penguin or a whale, navigating polluted waters while avoiding trash.

In William’s own words, “Winning the Apple WWDC Swift Student Challenge this year was a significant change compared to my first win in 2021. This year, my primary aim was to impress the Apple Developers by creating an app showcasing my programming skills, character art, and music that I designed and composed myself. It was an exciting chance to explore the potential of these new technologies for my future as a software developer.”

“Ever since I was young and used to watch these events online at 3:00am, I’ve been inspired to become a developer, and attending these events in person has been a lifelong dream of mine. I find it absolutely fascinating how code has the power to solve numerous problems in people’s lives, and I’ve always wanted to develop experiences that bring joy through my skills of creativity and have the potential to improve people’s lives.”

William credits Canberra Grammar School for playing a crucial role in his journey as a young developer, saying, “CGS has played a crucial role in my journey as a young developer by offering various courses such as Software Design and engaging co-curricular activities like Code Cadets, which have provided me with invaluable support. The school’s commitment to innovation, under the management of Mr Zamponga, has ensured that softwarebased courses have stayed up-to-date with today’s rapidly changing technological world.”

William’s success highlights his exceptional talent and underscores the importance of providing opportunities and resources for students to explore their passion for coding and technology. As William continues to hone his skills and push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of software development, he remains grateful for the opportunities and support that have shaped his journey.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD AT CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Canberra Grammar School takes immense pride in having over 50 students enrolled in the transformative Duke of Edinburgh programme. This renowned initiative empowers young individuals by providing incredible personal growth and self-discovery opportunities. Students develop vital life skills through adventurous expeditions and engaging community service projects, including leadership, teamwork, and resilience. The programme’s emphasis on goal setting, meticulous planning, and perseverance equips participants with problem-solving abilities and adaptability, fostering a sense of achievement and self-confidence. CGS students are embracing this remarkable journey of challenge and empowerment.

REFLECTIONS BY JAIJA RANGIAH (YEAR 12)

My journey with the Duke of Edinburgh Award began in Year 9, and I’ve since completed the Bronze and Silver levels, currently working towards achieving the prestigious Gold Award. The award comprises four components: Physical Activity, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey, and the Residential Camp for Gold. Engaging in Rowing, Music, and AFL Coaching, I pursued my activities, skills, and service, all of which I would have pursued even without the award. However, the Adventurous Journeys have been the true highlights.

Paddling down Kangaroo Valley and hiking through Bungonia National Park, the Budawangs, and other breathtaking places, I have developed a profound love for the environment and a deeper understanding of my role in the world. These journeys were more than just school camps; they offered freedom, responsibility, and an opportunity to connect with peers I had previously only passed in corridors. Spending time with my siblings, engaging in meaningful conversations, and sharing laughter, and playful banter became cherished moments. These experiences were only possible outdoors, free from school and everyday life distractions.

The final component, the residential camp, was a requirement for the Gold level. I completed mine at a French Immersion School far from the Gold Coast. This aspect of the award transformed me as an individual. Competing outside of my comfort zone, surrounded by unfamiliar faces from across Australia, in the middle of nowhere, proved to be an unforgettable and life-shaping experience.

I have cherished every second of my Duke of Edinburgh journey and am immensely grateful for the easy accessibility of this opportunity at Canberra Grammar School. I encourage everyone to consider participating because, truly, why not?

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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.

House Music 2023 rose to a brand new venue and logistics challenge. It was fantastic to have the four new music classrooms to expedite the rehearsals in the weeks leading to the festival as well as having all the activities focused in one building.

The Houses presented beloved ABBA compositions alongside captivating new choices, offering a delightful musical contrast.

Unique compères, including Mr McNeill, Mrs Herse, Mr Prior, and Mr Gersbach, added their personal touch to each section, enhancing the experience.

Former students and staff, now accomplished in the music industry, returned as adjudicators. Notable alumni included Chris Jennaway (CGS 2006) and Nick Pearson (CGS 1983).

Congratulations to Hay House, the deserving overall winner of this year’s festival.

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CHICAGO is the biggest blockbuster Broadway musical that the Performing Arts Department has tackled in recent memory. It is a musical that demands of its performers the triumvirate of theatrical skills – that of one being able to sing, dance and act, more often than not, at the same time. It was a rehearsal and production period of learning for students and staff alike. This learning covered the development of new and familiar skill sets and discussing the most appropriate ways of working with sensitive and adult themes.

The story of CHICAGO is told as vaudeville, tapping into the world of burlesque, comedy, song and dance. There are moments where you need to suspend disbelief, moments where you need to empathise with the Merry Murderesses and moments where you are swept up in the razzle-dazzle gaslit world of the roaring twenties.

Performing in a musical or play contributes significantly to personal development. Collaborating and sharing ideas when working towards a common outcome has real-world implications in numerous professional fields. Being able to present ideas in a collaborative environment leads to the building of one’s confidence through the power of the voice. There is a place for creative freedom and expression through the use of movement, lighting, costume, sound and set design, as students push themselves to a high level of self-expression and personal achievement as they collaborate to help others realise their artistic vision. Studentcentred learning occurs when interest and enjoyment of the Performing Arts are supported through an engagement with new perspectives through interactive exploration.

The CHICAGO Creatives team of Lizzy Collier, Jessica Mercer and Lori Gray each brought inspiration to this production; I stand in awe of their creativity, sensitivity and professionalism when working with our performers. Similarly, it took the organisational skills, attention to detail both on and off the stage, and a dose of good humour from Lindsey Herse and Claire Briggs to keep CHICAGO on track and on task in our rehearsal and production period, no mean feat given the size and scope of this production.

Studying the Performing Arts is a genuine and sincere way of developing creativity, compassion, collaboration, and confidence in our students and in ourselves. If you love doing something, then the appropriate judgement should be made by you based on your achievements and satisfaction with a final product and how you have grown as a person.

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RECONCILIATION WEEK

National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) was acknowledged as we celebrated how far we have journeyed as a school community toward raising awareness and appreciating our culture. As a School, we embarked on an Indigenous Scholarship programme in 2019 and currently support 24 Indigenous students representing each Year group from the Senior School, most of whom are boarders. The opportunity to share culture and to share learning has been transformative.

IN ASSEMBLY, WE INVITED YEAR 12 ABORIGINAL STUDIES STUDENTS TO SHARE PERSPECTIVES. ISOBEL AND EVA FROM YEAR 12 ENCOURAGED US TO LISTEN:

“This week, we have the chance to inform ourselves better and celebrate all aspects of Indigenous culture and how each element helps to create and foster such a cohesive community. If one sees the value of culture and the beautiful complexities of it, they are more likely to stand alongside those who are a part of that culture. We are here today, celebrating the survival and thriving of First Nations people.”

“While the theme this year is to be a voice for future generations, perhaps this means we, as non-Indigenous Australians, must listen. Listen to what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to say. They are the knowledge holders; we are not here to speak for them or fix them but to listen and support them.”

“Aboriginal culture is complex and ever-evolving. It is not something of the past but something of the future. There are many beauties within the culture that are not taught in schools and are not reported by the media. Reconciliation is for all Australians to come to terms with our shameful colonial history. Aboriginal people have no need to reconcile. It is for us as an Australian population to recognise the hurt and pain we have caused the traditional owners of this land.”

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POEM BY KOUPER MILES, YEAR 11

In a land of sweeping plains and ancient lore, I share a tale of a haunting score, Where frontier wars in Australia’s past, Brought darkness deep, an ominous cast. Through my eyes, I witnessed a time so grim, When white colonists arrived, prospects dim. They sought new lands, their fortunes to seek, But at what cost did their conquests speak?

Amidst the chaos, Aboriginal souls stood tall, Protectors of the land united for all, Their spirits strong, connected to this place, They faced the storm with courage and grace. But the settlers came with their guns and might, With greed and power, their hearts took flight, Their eyes devoid of empathy and care, As they claimed the land, they forced to share. The abhorrent truth of this painful past, Is the reward they reaped a drink to last, For every life lost, for every soul slain, The colonists raised their cups in refrain. Beer, a bitter token stained with disgrace, A chilling reminder of that dreadful chase, A liquid libation to toast their success, While Aboriginal lives were torn to distress.

They never forgot who they were, And where they came from and said, We walk tomorrow for a greater war,

But let us not forget the resilient fight, Of those who stood against the unjust might, For justice, truth, and reconciliation’s call, To heal the wounds and mend the fall. Today, we honour those silenced by time, Their stories whispered through nature’s rhyme, With open hearts, we strive to amend, The sins of the past, and the wounds to mend. For in this vast land, we must unite, Embrace the darkness, seek what is right, Let empathy guide us on this path anew, For a future where justice and peace shine through.

MIKAYLA, ONE OF OUR YEAR 12 STUDENTS, SHARED HER PERSONAL STORY:

“My name is Mikayla, and I’m a proud Ngiyampaa woman from the Dryland country of Central NSW. I have been privileged to grow up on Walbunja and Murramarang country on the coast and am now living on Ngunnawal Country.

For the past 235 years, Aboriginal Australians have shown remarkable resilience. Although they faced significant decreases in their populations, were put on missions and were taken away from their families, we still maintain our culture to this day.

My Great Nana, Dr Aunty Beryl Carmichael, is a respected Ngiyampaa Elder who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of Aboriginal peoples all across Australia. Aunty Beryl (Yungha-Dhu) holds an Honorary Doctorate, which she achieved at Tranby Aboriginal College. She is the custodian of the Dreamings, Healing, and calling for Rain.

When her children were attending primary school, they experienced racism on a daily basis. This pushed Aunty Beryl to work with schools across NSW for 40 years, giving students lessons in Aboriginal culture and respect. She is an inspiration and role model to me.”

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NEWS bites

ASHLEIGH DOMINATES QUEENSLAND STATE TRACK CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

YEAR 12 STUDENT MIA RECEIVES THE 2022 YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD

Congratulations to Mia for winning the prestigious Young Achiever Award in the Snow Australia Community Sports Awards. Mia’s excellence in sit skiing, passion for the sport, and commitment to growing the Australian sit skiing community are truly commendable. We are incredibly proud of her achievements both on and off the snow.

CGS WATER POLO TAKES OUT TWO ACTWP PREMIERSHIPS

U14 Boys

After breaking a 15-year premiership drought last season, the U14 boys were once again the team to beat. Finishing the season undefeated and progressing through their semi-final CGS took on Woden Waves in the grand finale. The team was able to continue their strong season form to take out the match and win back-to-back premierships with an 8-4 victory. Along with this, Caelin Kopievsky Blyth was named Finals MVP with a 4-goal performance.

U16

Girls

The U16 girls headed into finals with confidence after a strong season. In saying this, their match-up with Nordek was always going to be tough, with the opposition having a strong line-up featuring many State and National representatives. The team started out well and put together their best performance of the season in a fantastic team effort, causing the day’s upset. This is the first time CGS has won the U16 girls competition since the girls’ programme started in 2017. Along with this, Clara Verina was named Finals MVP with a 5-goal performance in the game.

Year 3 student Ashleigh continues her impressive cycling journey with remarkable success at the Queensland State track cycling championships. Ashleigh’s achievements further complement her recent victories in New South Wales and Victoria by securing gold medals in all four events and setting a new Queensland state record in the 500m Individual Time Trial. Representing the Vikings Cycling Club, Ashleigh consistently excels in nationwide road and track cycling competitions.

WOMEN IN TRADES WORKSHOPS

Over twenty of our Year 6 students participated in a Women in Trades workshop run by SALT (Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen) as an opportunity to present young women with the knowledge of what it takes to work in a trade and the myriad of job opportunities available to them.

Students were given hands-on experience with tools used in most trades and gained great skills which will help them in the future. Stressed was also the importance of making positive career choices in general, with a focus on building their selfesteem and confidence.

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CGS YEAR 11 STUDENT ELISE WINS ASIA PACIFIC YOUTH TOUCH CUP WITH AUSTRALIAN EMUS 18 GIRLS

We’re extremely proud of Year 11 student Elise, who played with the Australian Emus 18 Girls Touch Football team in Brisbane. They came out with a well-deserved win over New Zealand to win the Asia Pacific Youth Touch Cup on 14 May 2023. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Elise and the entire Australian Emus 18 Girls Touch Football team for their achievement.

AUSTRALIAN COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS OLYMPIAD (OZCLO)

EQUESTRIAN AWARDS

Our CGS students cleaned up at the 2023 Young Dressage Championships, winning all young rider championships from the Elementary level onwards. Zoe secured both Elementary and Medium Champion titles, Oliver won Advanced Champion, and Katherine qualified for the Australian National Interschool Championships after taking 1st and 2nd in the Fédération Equestre Internationale. Zoe, Katherine, and Suki also put in solid performances at the NSW State Interschool Championships, with Zoe placing 9th, 7th, and 5th overall in novice, elementary, and medium categories, respectively, and Suki placing 8th overall in the 60cm Combined Training.

In the State round of OzCLO, 16 students competed, forming two Junior and two Senior teams. Our Junior team (Niam, Annabelle, Cara, and Flora) claimed a Gold Award, advancing to the National Round at ANU on 22 March. Accompanied by Mrs O’Dell-Teys and Mr Brain, they achieved the highest Junior ACT team score. All four teams secured Gold, Silver, or Bronze certificates in the State Round. Congratulations to all participants for their impressive accomplishments!

CGS GERMAN STUDENTS IMMERSE IN CULTURAL EXPLORATION AT SWISS EMBASSY

During Term 2, Year 10-12 German classes embarked on an immersive trip to the Swiss embassy hosted by Mr Fabian Grass. Divided into groups, students engaged in interactive activities exploring Germany, Austria, and Switzerland’s language, culture, and economy. They received valuable advice from experts and enjoyed a delicious Swiss buffet. A German writing competition was held, and Year 12 student Ella emerged as the winner, impressing the embassy with her compelling speech delivered in an IB format. The excursion deepened our student’s cultural understanding in a day of discovery, connection, and a celebration of linguistic diversity.

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CGS TRIUMPHS AT REGIONAL DA VINCI DECATHLON... ADVANCES TO STATE COMPETITION

CGS proudly hosted this year’s in-person Regional Da Vinci Decathlon, witnessing the convergence of numerous schools from across Canberra. Engaging in diverse academic challenges spanning engineering, art, and code-breaking, CGS teams demonstrated exceptional skill, preparation, and teamwork. CGS emerged victorious in both the Year 7 and 10 competitions, with the Year 8 team securing a strong second place and Year 9 placing third. The heartfelt poetry recitations showcased remarkable emotional intelligence. All CGS teams now progress to the state competition in early Term 3, where they will face off against top teams from NSW. Best of luck to our talented participants!

CGS SKIERS EXCEL AT REDLANDS CUP

There was an absolutely fantastic turnout of our CGS Skiers at the Redlands Cup in Perth over the Term 2 holidays. Participants had a challenging and memorable experience, taking home a number of podium finishers. It was a fantastic preliminary warm-up to the AVCT Regional Events at Perisher the following week!

CGS TEAM SHINES IN ACT SECONDARY GIRLS SCHOOL CHESS COMPETITION

With over 50 participants, the CGS Girls’ chess team, comprising Sasha, Matilda, Jessica, Aneka, Michaella, and Amelie, showcased their skills. Their impressive performance secured them a second-place finish in the ACT competition. Now, they eagerly anticipate the playoffs for a chance to compete in the National Competition in Adelaide this December. Congratulations to the team on their outstanding achievement!

KIDS LIT QUIZ COMPETITION

A number of Canberra Grammar School students proudly competed in the Kids Lit Quiz Canberra Heat this Semester, held at Merici College. Four teams from our school participated, demonstrating an extremely impressive knowledge level and dedication to effective teamwork development skills. Among 28 teams, CGS secured 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 11th places.

EISTEDDFOD SUCCESS

CGS had some fantastic results at the competition: Fischer Concert Band - Platinum, Middleton Concert Band - Gold, Barrett Concert Band - Platinum, CGS Big Band - Gold, CGS Jazz Ensemble - Gold, Chamber Strings - Gold, Senior String Orchestra - Silver. Congratulations to all participants!

SAILING ADVENTURES: CGS TEAM TAKES ON GOOLWA IN HOLIDAY COMPETITION

The Canberra Grammar School Sailing team had an exciting Term 2 holiday period. The team travelled near Adelaide to Goolwa, a historic river port on the Murray River, where they spent multiple days competing against other schools.

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JAZZ FESTIVAL

The CGS Big Band travelled to Merimbula this Semester to perform in the 41st Merimbula Jazz Festival, an event CGS has been participating in for nearly 20 years. Our students presented two performances and had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of other concerts from both student and semi-professional bands.

LATIN, HISTORY THEATRE TOUR

Canberra Grammar School students from Years 10 and 11 embarked on the Latin, History and Theatre Tour on the first Sunday of the Term 2 holidays. Students visited Rome, Orvieto, Florence, Naples, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, immersing themselves in learning and experiencing historic landmarks and ruins while developing a better understanding of the cultures which accompany them.

INDIGENOUS BUSH DRAMA EXCURSION

The Year 9 Drama class spent some time with Tyronne Bell, a Ngunnawal Elder, who took students through the bush, teaching them the importance of connections to the land, and deepening our students’ understanding of its significance to the Indigenous community. It was incredibly insightful, and our students greatly valued their time with Tyronne.

CGS RUGBY INDIGENOUS ROUND: CELEBRATING HERITAGE, UNITY, & INCLUSIVITY

We are thrilled to announce the success of the Rugby Indigenous Round, which took place on Saturday, June 3, 2023. This momentous event held great significance for Canberra Grammar School as we unveiled the inaugural CGS Rugby Indigenous Jersey, designed by Silas Holmes, one of our talented Indigenous students. The Junior teams wore Indigenous socks passed on by Brumbies Rugby. We express our gratitude to the School and the CGS Parent Rugby Association for their generous support.

Adding to the cultural richness of the day, a smoking ceremony symbolising unity and respect took place on the main oval. The 1st XV Marist Boys, 1st XII Queanbeyan Girls, and CGS 1st XV and 1st XII Girls formed a circle on the field, creating a powerful moment.

CGS UK CRICKET TOUR

The CGS UK Cricket Tour, which took place over the Term 2 holidays, was an opportunity for our students to strengthen their world experience and develop international ties, soak up plenty of history, and play some fantastic cricket. The Senior team won the prestigious Felsted Festival, and the Development team won three straight matches. As well as tours to Lords Stratford-upon-Avon and Bletchley Park, the group had the chance to catch up with and learn from Alumnus Ryan Goodman (CGS 2010).

In another historic moment, the 1st XII Girls enjoyed their first-ever after-match function in the Pavilion Long Room, joined by the Queanbeyan U/18 Girls. This celebration showcased their complete integration into the CGS rugby programme’s culture, reflecting our School’s inclusive spirit.

The Rugby Indigenous Round was a remarkable day that honoured Indigenous heritage, showcased design talent and celebrated the unity and diversity within our School Community. We take immense pride in the success of the event and the connections it fostered among our students, staff, and the wider community.

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BUILDING BRIDGES & INSPIRING LIVES

As an Anglican School, the Christian value of service is at the heart of our School’s culture. Mark 10:45, says of Jesus’ ministry: ‘For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ We strive to build meaningful relationships with respect and care. Service Learning fosters an outward-focused life. Students benefit from reduced anxiety and improved wellbeing (O’Grady et al., 2018).

Many of our Year 10 students were involved in a new initiative called Dream Cricket. Each term, groups of Year 10 students visit Malkara Primary School and join the students to run adaptive cricket games for students with disabilities. The programme helps to break down barriers and promotes healthy relationships based on challenge and fun.

Over the June Long weekend and into Week 8, enthusiastic students and staff represented CGS at the annual Myall Creek Remembrance Service in Northern NSW. The trip focused on respect and reconciliation and ended with the students working two days with the Minimbah Aboriginal Primary School staff and students. We developed a growing relationship with the schools in the district, which changed our perceptions and deepened our understanding.

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LEST WE FORGET

Earlier this year, the remains of the Montevideo Maru, a Japanese Ship sunk by an American submarine during the Second World War, were discovered in the South China Sea. The ship contained 852 Australian prisoners of war when it was attacked. Among them were Reginald G Curtis and Norman R Gair, two CGS Old Boys.

Private Reginald George Curtis, affectionally known as ‘Genny,’ was born on 25 October 1917 and enrolled at Canberra Grammar School on its very first day, 5 January 1929, becoming the 56th student at the school. During his time at CGS, he excelled as an athlete, setting the 880 yards U16 record. He also joined the hockey and debating team and served as a prefect in his final years here. On 5 December 1940, he enlisted in the Australian military.

Upon enlisting, Curtis left behind his job as a car salesman. He joined 1 Independent Company, a Commando unit, in May 1941 and was soon sent to Kavieng, New Ireland, to resist the anticipated Japanese invasion. The Japanese arrived in January 1942, vastly outnumbering the Commandos. While some of the Commandos were able to escape by boat, they were eventually captured and taken prisoner.

Lance Corporal Norman R Gair, born 25 May 1917, enrolled as the 79th student at Canberra Grammar School in 1930.

On 3 July 1940, Gair enlisted in the Australian military, leaving behind his job as a farmer. After his training, Gair was assigned to the 2/22 Battalion AIF and sent to Rabaul, New Britain, where he became part of the ‘Lark Force’. His mission was to defend Rabaul and the airfields of New Britain, providing an early warning of the Japanese attack. The Japanese landed on New Britain on 23 January 1942, outnumbering the Lark Force troops by more than four to one, resulting in Gair and most of his unit being captured and made prisoners of war.

Curtis and Gair were among 852 Australian POWs and 208 civilian internees aboard the Montevideo Maru, headed for Hainan Island in the South China Sea in June 1942. Tragically, the ship was not marked as carrying prisoners, and it was torpedoed by the USS Sturgeon, an American submarine, on 1 July 1942 off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines. All prisoners were killed, including Curtis and Gair, who were only 24 and 25 years old, respectively.

On 25 April, Canberra Grammar School held its annual ANZAC Day dawn service, followed by a service the next day for students. During these special occasions, we had the opportunity to pause and reflect upon all those who have fallen in service to our country, including reflections on Curtis and Gair’s lives. It is integral to recognise the lives of these men for not only their contribution to the history and heart of CGS’ community but also for their sacrifice to our country. We hold their memories dear at CGS and hope it comforts our community to know where these men rest.

A memorial to their memories is recorded at Rabaul, Commonwealth War Graves Site.

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What a fantastic fete we had this year! There were so many exciting activities to take part in, from face painting to rock climbing to pony rides and more. The atmosphere was buzzing with energy, and seeing everyone having such a fantastic time was great.

Congratulations to our Major Raffle winners John Cassidy and Penelope Coffey.

Thank you to Mrs Rachel Gurney, our CGS Events Manager, and all the organisers and volunteers who made it happen! It’s great to be back!

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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS & WELCOMING FAMILIES: CGS REGIONAL VISITS SHOWCASE COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Boarding, Admissions and Community Development staff members hit the road again this year. We are delighted to share our experiences from this year’s regional visits. These visits hold a special place in our hearts as they allow us to connect with families who are part of our vibrant CGS community, past, present and future.

Beyond attending Boarding Schools Expos, these regional visits are about building relationships and showcasing CGS’s welcoming environment. Meeting families from different regions, we engage in genuine conversations, sharing our passion for the exceptional educational programmes and unique boarding experience at CGS.The connections we establish during these visits are invaluable. Seeing the excitement and curiosity in the eyes of parents and students as we discuss the opportunities at CGS fills us with joy.

We ensure families feel supported, answering their questions and providing insights into our nurturing community. Through these visits, we create a sense of belonging. Families are an integral part of the CGS community regardless of their location. The warmth and hospitality we extend reflect the care and support they can expect throughout their journey with CGS.

With enthusiasm, we continue these visits, showcasing CGS as more than an educational institution. They demonstrate our commitment to building relationships, fostering trust, and creating a close-knit community. We eagerly look forward to connecting with more families, sharing stories, and welcoming them into the CGS family.

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EMPOWERING ADVANCEMENT: EDUCATE PLUS NSW/ACT CHAPTER SUMMIT

Canberra Grammar School hosted the EducatePlus NSW/ACT Chapter Summit conference on the 18 and 19 May in the Snow Concert Hall and the Snow Centre.

The conference was attended by 170 delegates from over 35 Independent ACT and NSW Schools. It was a showcase opportunity for the School to hold a conference during the school term.

EducatePlus is a network of advancement professionals from independent schools dedicated to various aspects of school development. This includes admissions, alumni and community relations, marketing and communication, fundraising, and leadership.

We proudly welcomed our distinguished alumnus, Anders Sorman-Nilsson (Class of 1999), who delivered a captivating opening keynote and engaged TOK classes in exploring the future. As a renowned Global Futurist and Innovation expert, Anders discussed the impact of technological advancements, societal attitudes, and the ethical challenges that lie ahead for students.

The conference also showcased remarkable sessions led by industry experts. Kerri Rock, former Director of Strategic Operations at CGS, shared valuable insights on the path to leadership success. Huma Cheema, former CGS Head of Admissions, shed light on the dynamic landscape of international education in her informative talk titled ‘The Shifting Sands.’ Reece Cummings, former CGS Communications and Market manager, shared his experiences and strategies for revitalising a brand.

The conference provided an excellent opportunity for the CGS Community Development Office and the Operational departments in the School, such as IT, Maintenance, Print, and Catering, to showcase CGS and share with other schools the facilities bestowed on the School through the beneficiary of Mr Terry Snow.

FATHER ANDREW FAREWELL (FOR NOW)

In a moving service, we farewelled Father Andrew for now. Since joining the School ten years ago, Father Andrew has served as the uniting figure of our School experience. We will miss his rare mixture of wisdom, humility and humour and his ability to find the message of the moment with words that resonate so consistently with not only the life of the School but the world around us.

Father Andrew was presented with a collage of his memories at CGS and received a standing ovation as he delivered his final address and prayer. We deeply look forward to his return in three years.

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MADELEINE RETTER

Madeleine Retter, Coordinator of Strings for Canberra Grammar School’s Music Department, is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing the learning of all Kindergarten to Year 12 students who choose to learn a string instrument or participate in a string ensemble.

“I’m most passionate about creating a space for any child who wants to learn music through playing a string instrument at CGS, for that student to build music and life skills and take away something special and valuable from the experience.

Music is about connection. At its core, whether you are experiencing music, creating music, or learning about music, you are making connections. When we see people come together for music at CGS, whether it’s students or families, you know that’s already one shared experience everyone has in common. Community connection is an integral value to CGS, so when we see and experience it so vividly through music reflects who we are.”

STEPHEN GERSBACH

Stephen Gersbach has been working as a Drama Teacher at Canberra Grammar School since 2017, additionally undertaking roles of Assistant and Acting Head of House for Burgess, Pastoral Tutor for Middleton, as well as the current position of Assistant Head of House for Garran; Stephen has become very much entrenched as a valuable member of CGS’ community.

“What drew me to working at Canberra Grammar School was its values and desire to embed a moral compass within its students and staff, and of course, its welcoming energy. CGS has always been open to how I want to grow as a teacher. If I’m a more well-rounded teacher, my classroom will be more wellrounded and inclusive as a result.”

LUCY WELSH

Lucy Welsh has been part of the Canberra Grammar School community since 2016. Beginning as an Assistant Registrar, she also served as an Assistant to Student Services, Pastoral Tutor and NonResident Boarding Tutor. Recently, Lucy entered the position of Head of Admissions (Acting).

“I have a long history with CGS and wanted to contribute to the spirit of its community, with a commitment to holistic education and distinctive pastoral care being particular aspects I value. I hope to bring my knowledge of the School and my relationships with staff and families into the role and thoroughly enjoy the relational aspect of this position; it is a privilege to assist families seeking to join CGS and work with every department in the School.”

JAMES NELSON

James Nelson is Canberra Grammar School’s Head of Education Technology. James builds technology-backed organisation solutions to enable CGS staff to deliver education at a high level of excellence to our students, guiding them to becoming successful members of society.

“Being new to the Education sector, I believe Canberra Grammar School, with its reputation unmatched in the ACT, would be the platform to integrate best-of-breed technologies and methodologies to evolve and optimise an organisation that develops such high-calibre individuals. Individuals who will go on to achieve extraordinary feats to improve Australians day to day lives.”

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PROFILES & PERSPECTIVES

CGS ALUMNI NEWS

IN CONVERSATION WITH OUR ALUMNI

In the spirit of our first CGS Giving Day, organised by the CGS Foundation on 15 June 2023, this edition spotlights Alumni who were part of the CGS scholarship programme which is a key ongoing focus of the CGS Foundation. We talk about what their scholarships gave them and how it enriched their educational journey.

TALEAH GREENE (CGS 2022)

Can you share a bit about your journey as an Indigenous scholar during your time at CGS?

I joined CGS in Year 11 as a boarder, this was a big change for me and I was out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed my time at CGS but did have a bit of a rocky journey at times, as I struggled with being away from home and dealing with the Year 11 workload. I was provided so many opportunities and experiences from Indigenous aspects, education and sport. I would advocate for any Indigenous student to apply to the CGS Indigenous scholarship programme.

What did the scholarship mean for you ? How has it helped or changed your outlook ?

Prior to coming to CGS, I had no ambitions to complete school or to attend university. But after being awarded this Indigenous scholarship, I decided to take this chance and see where it could lead me. I ended up changing my outlook on university and am now attending UC.

You recently attended the ‘Celebration of Giving’ CGS Foundation event, an event honouring our donors, supporters, and scholars. What are your thoughts on the School’s efforts toward growing scholarship opportunities for students now and in the future?

This scholarship is an amazing opportunity, and it is great to see the school striving to be able to provide this experience to many more Indigenous students within the future.

What has led you to your current role as an Indigenous student administrator at CGS?

After graduating from Canberra Grammar School last year, the School offered me a job which involves assisting Indigenous students with their needs, from taking them to their medical appointments, helping with administrative work to being a person they can come and chat to when needed. With this role I work heavily with all faculty areas and the heads of the School, to make sure the Indigenous student’s best interest is in mind. I also work toward improving the Schools understanding of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

In your role, what are some of the specific initiatives or programmes you have been involved in to support Indigenous students within the school?

Our Indigenous Scholars took part in the ‘Our Yarning’ workshop. This programme aims to create a ‘library for all’, which includes books written by First Nations people allowing them to be able express and teach their own culture. Throughout this programme the students were taught how to write books for children from learners to upper primary and were given the opportunity to write their own book. Can you share some success stories or moments of pride in your work?

I loved being part of the CGS first Indigenous round for rugby in 2022, which was why it was so special to be invited back this year to present the jerseys to the First XII women’s rugby team. What are your goals for the future? What are you currently working toward achieving be it personal or career related?

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) at University of Canberra. Over the winter break I have been undertaking an internship with Foxtel, a part of their ESG team. I would like to work towards growing my knowledge and work experience to assist me in my future endeavours.

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BEN MCGINNESS (CGS 2016)

Having graduated CGS in 2016, I studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra, which has led me to becoming a private-practice physiotherapist, with an interest in sports physiotherapy and concussion rehabilitation. I am looking forward to developing my skills in these particular two areas over the course of my career, to see where in the world it may take me!

Being awarded the Poate Scholarship for Years 11 and 12 was an amazing honour for us as a family. Throughout my time as the recipient, we developed a close relationship with the Poate family and have kept in contact ever since. To learn about their deep connection with CGS, Robbie’s heavy involvement in school life and post-school career as well as the characteristics he displayed were a reminder of how lucky I was to receive a scholarship in their name. Their devotion and passion towards everything they did both inside and outside of CGS was a quality I wanted to embody in my final 2 years at school, and beyond.

I am very thankful that as part of the Poate Scholarship, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in the USA. This opportunity was a valuable experience to develop leadership and negotiation skills, as well as connecting with many other young leaders from all corners of the world. I am so grateful I got to experience such a trip and its memories will stay with me for a lifetime.

To those thinking of applying for a scholarship, my advice would be to go for it. You never know what life has in store, it may or may not help you in the trajectory you envisage your life going, but it also may change your thinking and open up new options you never thought possible! Be grateful you are able to have the opportunity at a school like CGS, as many in life are not afforded the privilege.

Embrace opportunities that come your way, take the experiences that come as a result with you and use them in your lifelong learning journey. Life in general, but especially your time at CGS, is too short to wait for things to happen for you, so give it your all, embrace everything and anything that comes your way because who knows where it could lead you.

BEN MALIEL (CGS 2017)

We felt so happy and grateful to be offered the scholarship. It was a privilege to be recognised for my passion and interest in technology, and to have access to Peter’s mentorship and guidance. Additionally, the support with school fees was very beneficial to my parents. My education and the opportunities I received while at Grammar have hugely shaped my career path thus far.

The Code Cadets programme was instrumental in developing and fuelling my interest in technology. Through experiences like the Code Cadets trip to Silicon Valley, I was exposed to

the technology industry and was able to meet professionals in that space, leading me to discover the product management career path. The hackathons and competitions in which we competed at school gave me a significant leg-up in securing the internships I landed at Spotify and Xero while at university.

I think the most valuable thing I gained from CGS were the abundance of opportunities outside theclassroom. The Code Cadets program, Rowing and Hockey, leadership roles and community service experiences have all shaped who I am today and given me many foundational life skills. As for the scholarship programme, having Peter has a mentor has been fantastic.

He’s been able to give me advice and guidance, act as a sounding board and connect me with people in the technology industry. Through our conversations, he’s encouraged me to push myself and broadened my thinking on what I want to achieve in my career. I’m forever grateful for his time and his donation of my scholarship.

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CGS ALUMNI REUNIONS

Our recent Alumni Reunion events held across the country and internationally have been a phenomenal success. These unforgettable gatherings have left an indelible mark on our hearts and have brought us closer as a vibrant and diverse Alumni community. Here is a rundown of some of the events and reunions we have held over the past 6 months.

We kicked off the start of the year with a trip to Sydney. With over 40 Alumni in attendance at a beautiful location by King’s Street Wharf. Spirits were high and the energy was contagious. It was spectacular to see graduates from 1973 to our more recent 2022year groups coming together to share their common bond.

To mix it up we headed down to Melbourne where we opted to take our wonderful Alumni Go-boating on the Yarra River (courtesy of CGS Alumnus & GoBoat Director, Oliver Swan (2008), who organised this spectacular experience for the group). A fantastic range of year groups brought so many memories to the evening’s conversations from the Class of 2022 all the way back to the Class of 1964!

A quick hop over the pond had us visit our CGS Alumni in Hobart, where we always feel so welcome! It was wonderful to meet our Alumni community there again after a very successful event last year. With a scenic location at Franklin Wharf overlooking the bay, great company, laughter and endless memories, it was hard to say goodbye.

It’s been a while since we headed overseas to meet our Alumni in Hong Kong and what a warm and unforgettable welcome we received. With 2019 being our last visit, we were thrilled to have a healthy turn out of Honk Kong based Alumni who were so gracious and happy for the opportunity to reconnect. We are very keen to grow the connections we have there and look forward to more visits in the coming years.

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CANBERRA REUNION WEEKEND – 20 MAY

We look forward to, and anticipate the CGS Canberra Reunion weekend every year, but this year we did not anticipate the record-breaking turn out! With a whopping 200 in attendance the school was buzzing with so many Alumni walking the halls and reliving the good-old-days. It was a sight to behold, and it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and love for the School bring so many of our Alumni from across the world back to the place that played such a special part in their lives. We wonder if next year we can hit a new Canberra Reunion Weekend record with the largest male cohort of 2014 celebrating their 10 year reunion…. Lets make it happen!

ALUMNI EVENTS SAVE THE DATES

We would encourage and welcome any Alumni to act as ‘Champions’ to assist in leading and promoting their peer group to join events and work with the Community Development office to host a memorable occasion.

Please contact us if you would like to be engaged.

STAY CONNECTED WITH

If you’re not connected already, you could be missing out on eNews, reunion information and networking opportunities! If you or someone you know has lost contact with the School, reconnect by email or social media.

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We proudly launched CGS Engage our online Alumni Professional and Social community platform. CGS Engage makes it even easier for you to stay connected with us and with your fellow Alumni.

Now with over 500 registered users, our growing online Alumni community allows you to find classmates, offer or receive mentorship opportunities from Alumni in your industry, browse and post on our jobs boards and keep updated on our latest Alumni events.

Log on to see the latest photos from our Alumni events or watch the latest episode of ‘Alumniate’ our web series where we speak to CGS Alumni who excel in their field and share their knowledge and expertise with our Alumni community.

Log on to find out more.

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The winner of our CGS Engage WIN BIG competition is Brodie Ingram (CGS 2013) who receives $1000 in travel vouchers for signing on to CGS Engage and sharing the post with his fellow Alumni. CONGRATULATIONS!

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CULTURE OF GIVING

We are thrilled to share the incredible impact the Canberra Grammar School community has made through several successful fundraising initiatives and the generous support we have received from our local community. Together, we have fostered a culture of giving that has benefited both our school and the wider community in numerous ways.

BOOTS FOR ONE & ALL

Boots for One and All at CGS was a student-led initiative that looked to share CGS’ passion for sports with those who have inadequate access to the necessary sporting equipment. Through the help of the Boots for One and All community, CGS students organised donation baskets at Senior Houses where students and community members could drop off second-hand sporting gear and equipment to be given to new homes in need of them.

CGS WATER POLO PINK ROUND 2023

Over Summer, CGS Water Polo held its annual Pink Round to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In the second year, it was a great display of community spirit with a CGS Gala Day held at CISAC Pool. Over the day CGS was able to have five wins and a draw from six fixtures with both the 1st girls and 1st boys teams having impressive wins over ANU.

Along with this, the CGS Water Polo community was able to raise $6000 for the NBCF. Thank you to all who attended and supported the day, and we look forward to an even bigger pink round in 2024!

ROUNDABOUT CANBERRA

During Week 9 of Term 2, CGS collected children’s winter clothing and linen donations from our community for Roundabout Canberra, a local charity dedicated to supporting families in need with safe, essential material goods for their children.

Roundabout has been working tirelessly to ensure that every child in the Canberra region has access to essential items that promote their wellbeing, regardless of their circumstances. Recently, Roundabout has experienced an overwhelming surge in demand for its services and is struggling to keep up with the pace, so volunteers within the CGS community rallied together to ensure disadvantaged local children in Canberra received much-needed assistance.

Through dedicated efforts and the collective generosity of our students, staff, parents, Alumni, and friends of the School, we have been able to organise and execute impactful fundraising campaigns. Look at some of the wonderful initiatives that have encouraged the culture of giving across the School:

RED SHIELD APPEAL

On Sunday, 21 May, approximately 80 Garnsey and Middleton House students braved the Canberra Winter chill for several hours to participate in the annual door knock for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. Students were given maps of the local area and went door to door seeking donations. Thanks to their efforts over $3000 was collected, which will help the Salvation Army look after Canberrans in need.

SHROVE TUESDAY EARTHQUAKE DONATIONS

To mark Shrove Tuesday in preparation for Lent, Sacristans and Chaplains worked together to prepare and serve pancakes at lunchtime in the School Quad, with the proceeds of the day donated in support of the ongoing earthquake crisis in Turkey and Syria.

Additionally, CGS P&F organised a donation drive to support the efforts of AFAD in collecting new goods, clothes, and educational materials. The generous donations from our Canberra Grammar School community were sent to help the children and families whose lives had been turned upside down.

SHARE THE DIGNITY DRIVE

For this year’s CAS project, some of our Year 11 students fundraised and hosted a donation drive to help Australian women affected by period poverty and to fight the stigma of period talk. Monetary donations were collected and the accessibility of women’s sanitary products was provided to Senior Houses in a move that will provide support to our students, and by making the products more present and accessible, normalise the conversation around periods. The monetary donations were donated to the Share the Dignity Organisation, an Australian charity working to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough, and supplying period products to those in need.

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CGS FOUNDATION NEWS

CELEBRATION OF GIVING

The CGS Foundation hosted a gathering of foundation members, donors and advocates together to raise a glass and say ‘thank you’ for all the support and commitment shown over the years. It was an evening filled with gratitude, celebration, and the power of philanthropy bringing together a remarkable group of passionate individuals who share a deep commitment to advancing education and empowering future generations through the CGS Foundation.

During the celebration, held at the Snow Concert Hall, we heard from James Willson, Chair of the CGS Foundation board as well as David Smart (Acting Head of School). Both touched upon the power of giving and the role it plays in positively impacting the lives of our students and the future of the School. But by far the true stars of the night were our students, Mikayla Helms (Year 12) and Deklan Barford (Year 10). Both indigenous scholars spoke from the heart about their experience as borders, scholars and being part of the CGS community.

They spoke of what the opportunity of a CGS education means to them and how it has changed their outlook and helped them work toward their dreams. Read more about their stories on the following page.

We were also in awe of the talent and confidence of our music students. Bothers Ben Monro (Year 12, Tim Murray Music Scholar) and Alex Monro, took center stage at the Snow Concert Hall as they each put on an inspiring performance, showcasing their skill and sheer love for music.

On 15 June CGS held its very first Giving Day in association with the CGS Foundation. By uniting students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, advocates and friends of our school around a common cause, we were able to support and advance the mission of our School and the CGS Foundation. The spirit of unity and shared purpose was palpable as we came together to make a lasting difference.

With the help of our matching donors, we were able to double the impact of all donations made on the day and smash our target! We received an overwhelming total of $120,417 which will go toward supporting our CGS Indigenous Scholarship fund, Talent and merit scholarship fund as well as other areas of need around the School. To read more about giving day and stories from our community about the impact of giving, visit: GIVINGDAY.CGS.ACT.EDU.AU

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Yuma,

My name is Mikayla Helms and I’m a proud Ngiyampaa woman from the Dryland country of Central NSW. I am currently in year 12 and am doing the HSC. I have been privileged to grow up on Walbunja and Murramarang country on the coast and am now living on Ngunnawal Country whilst attending school. I would like to thank you all for being here tonight and for assisting me in achieving my dreams by helping me to attend this school.

I would like to begin by sharing my journey before applying for the Indigenous Scholarship at Canberra Grammar School. During my childhood whilst living in Batemans Bay, I faced countless challenges such as constant bullying at my school and family issues at home, both of which resulted in me developing anxiety up until Year 8. In 2018, I moved to Ulladulla for the start of Year 7 with my newly single mother and two younger brothers. During my time at Ulladulla High School, I was doing very well for myself despite what I had experienced. I found a wonderful group of friends and achieved very good grades. So, I am sure you can imagine my reaction when my mum told me I should apply for a scholarship for a school in another state, away from the beach, my family and my beautiful puppy Sadie. Attending a prestigious school like CGS, was never even a thought in the life path for me, due to the financial issues my family faced.

The next week, the heads of boarding came to our school and talked to all of the Aboriginal kids, encouraging us to apply for the wonderful opportunity. Even after I had found out that I was lucky enough to achieve this scholarship, it wasn't until I came and saw the school for myself that I was excited to attend CGS. Honestly, I was just so relieved that the boarding house wasn't at all like how my mum described it when she used to threaten to send me to a boarding school if I didn't eat my veggies.

MIKAYLA HELMS

However, the biggest thing that I hoped to achieve at this school was a better education, allowing me to be able to reach my dream career by receiving a scholarship into University.

During my first year at CGS, I greatly struggled socially and academically due to being homesick. I rarely got involved in school events and felt alone. It wasn't until I immersed myself in the wonderful school culture that I felt like I had a place at this school. I picked up house music and swimming captaincy roles within my house, I was a companion on the 2022 Sony camp, I was extremely grateful to be announced as CGS Dance captain and just recently was a performer in my last school musical, Chicago.

Canberra Grammar School has provided me and the other Indigenous Scholars with so many wonderful opportunities both culturally and academically. We have been able to participate in cultural activities such as dance, yidiki, language workshops, painting and Aboriginal studies excursions. At this school, I am surrounded with like-minded people who also want to do the best they can in life which both encourages and pushes me due to my competitiveness.

This school also cemented my decision to study medicine in hopes to become one of the 400 Aboriginal Doctors in Australia. I have experienced firsthand and witnessed the devastation my own nation and other remote communities are facing. Children are not attending school, parents are out drinking every day, there is poor cultural self identity and there are minimal people who are there to help them. Because of this, I would like to become a doctor so I can work in remote communities in an attempt to assist with closing the gap, and keeping Aboriginal populations safe and strong.

Thank you.

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Year 12, Indigenous Scholar addressed the attendees of our ‘Celebration of Giving’ evening and told us what the gift of a CGS scholarship means to her.

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Hi, my name is Deklan and I am a proud Yuin man and a Year 10 student at Canberra Grammar School.

I’d like to begin today by thanking everyone who has given all of the Indigenous Scholars, including myself, the opportunity to participate in this wonderful experience that is attending CGS. It is an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for and one that has shaped me to be the man I am today.

I have been attending CGS since last year and it has already given me more opportunities to better myself than I would have had at home. Home for me is a little south coast town named Ulladulla. I am forever grateful for all the possibilities that have been opened for me as a Grammar student.

Moving to CGS and being a boarder has at times pushed me past limits I never thought I could overcome and allowed me to achieve goals beyond my imagination. Before coming to CGS I had to overcome lots of challenges, these included a poor learning environment due to the continual disruption in classes due to students lack of interest in learning. However, I had to keep making light of a bad situation.

Another challenge which was tough was when my home burnt down in the 2020 bushfires which led to my whole family having to couch surf with other families while I started Year 7. Such great a start to high school!

Following this is when covid made it much more difficult for me to adjust to high school along with not having a reliable Wi-Fi source at home. This meant pretty much living at friends and cousins houses just to attend school. This caused lots of stress not only on me because of the drastic change, but also on my parents having to organise ways for me and my brother to be able to attend school.

Then in 2022 it all changed. I was determined to attend school at CGS. I wouldn’t take no for an answer. It took whole PowerPoint presentations to convince my parents to let me apply for the scholarship. That was the greatest decision they ever made! Canberra Grammar School has been one of the best things to happen to me, like the light at the end of the tunnel.

My education and future have been looking the best it’s been in years. In saying this, I will be honest. I struggled at first with keeping up with the workload and living away from home, but it was beneficial to further my education and my personal growth. It took me nearly the whole year to finally adjust to workload and life at CGS, but I now belong at a School I love and where I also get support.

The areas at CGS I enjoy most are the friendships that I have built at boarding, the culture within the School to strive to be the best that you can, whether this be in the classroom, on the sporting fields and as a person along with the competitive nature of the House system and co-curricular.

I would like to acknowledge that none of the above would have been possible without the Indigenous Scholarship that CGS offers. For me I wouldn’t have this opportunity of a lifetime without the support of everyone who made the Indigenous Scholarship Programme possible and gave me the chance to be a much better person than when I started this journey. I would like to give special thanks to Dr Garrick, Mr Smart, Mr Waser and all who have allowed me to grow and make contributions to the community in a positive way. This has not only made an impact on myself but also younger people in the local community as I have given inspiration to many younger students including my younger brother. It would be an honour to be a boarder alongside him watching him grow as a young man and I hope he can experience the same opportunities and more that I have experienced thus far. It was such a privilege to be recognised and receive an award on presentation night all in my first year at CGS.

The impact the scholarship has had on my family and I has been so positive, they are incredibly proud of my achievements since attending Grammar and excelling in many areas. I am aspiring for a future in physiotherapy which the school has provided me with. I have spoken with many people to help and support me to achieve this goal and I’ve begun steps to develop attain this dream of mine. So, to everyone here tonight, I tip my hat to everyone who has given me the greatest opportunity I have ever received in my life.

DEKLAN BARFORD
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10, Indigenous Scholar also addressed guests at our donor event and shared his gratitude whilst giving us a little insight into his life as a boarder and scholar at CGS.

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.

To view a list of our current Foundation members and 2023 donors, please scan the QR code.

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INTERNATIONAL SERIES SNOW CONCERT HALL

We were proud to witness the exponential growth of activity and excitement around Snow Concert Hall. Launching only last year and playing host to a wonderful range of events, from opening night performances involving our esteemed Alumni & students to School assemblies and student recitals to hosting of the Educate Plus professional conference in May this year.

We also launched the Snow Concert Hall International Series, an ambitious initiative to bring world-renowned classical musicians to Canberra to perform centre stage at Snow Concert Hall.

Kicking off with a spectacular performance from Ana de la Vega & the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, audiences were enthralled by the uncompromising artistic quality, impressive finesse and extraordinary passion that the performance exuded.

Our second concert was non-other than legendary Piano Maestro Piers Lane. With a worldwide reputation as an engaging and versatile performer, Piers had the audience captivated with his virtuosic shaping of selected works from Sergei Rachmaninoff & Frederic Chopin.

To culminate each visit, performing artists also offer their expertise via masterclasses and educational sessions open to students of CGS as well as the wider community. Snow Concert Hall offers these experiences as part of its educational outreach programme in an effort to extend such opportunities beyond the gates to even more students and classical music enthusiasts. To find out more about masterclasses or upcoming events at Snow Concert Hall visit: SNOWCONCERTHALL.COM

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INTERNATIONAL SERIES SNOW CONCERT HALL

1min
page 51

MIKAYLA HELMS

4min
pages 48-49

CELEBRATION OF GIVING

3min
pages 47-48

CULTURE OF GIVING

2min
page 46

LAUNCH OF

1min
pages 44-45

CANBERRA REUNION WEEKEND – 20 MAY

1min
page 43

CGS ALUMNI REUNIONS

1min
page 42

BEN MALIEL (CGS 2017)

1min
page 41

BEN MCGINNESS (CGS 2016)

1min
page 41

CGS ALUMNI NEWS

2min
page 40

LUCY WELSH

1min
page 39

STEPHEN GERSBACH

1min
page 39

MADELEINE RETTER

1min
page 39

EMPOWERING ADVANCEMENT: EDUCATE PLUS NSW/ACT CHAPTER SUMMIT

1min
page 38

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS & WELCOMING FAMILIES: CGS REGIONAL VISITS SHOWCASE COMMUNITY SPIRIT

1min
page 37

LEST WE FORGET

2min
pages 35-36

BUILDING BRIDGES & INSPIRING LIVES

1min
page 34

LATIN, HISTORY THEATRE TOUR

1min
page 33

NEWS bites

5min
pages 30-33

RECONCILIATION WEEK

3min
pages 28-29

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD AT CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL

4min
pages 25-27

YOUNG CGS STUDENT TRIUMPHS IN WWDC SWIFT CHALLENGE, REALISES DREAM

1min
page 24

Best-ever

1min
page 23

CELEBRATING OUR LEARNING IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

1min
page 22

THE GREEN PROJECT

1min
page 21

INSIGHT MASTER CLASS BY DIANA ZHANG (WOMEN IN STEM)

2min
pages 19-20

INSIGHT MASTER CLASS BY PETER HAZLEHURST

1min
page 18

SPEAKER SERIES

1min
page 18

MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

1min
pages 16-17

THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS GLOBAL CHALLENGE

1min
page 16

NEW SENIOR LIBRARY

1min
page 15

PRIMARY SCHOOL BUILDING

1min
page 14

EMBRACING BOARDING LIFE AT CGS INSIGHTS FROM OUR STUDENTS

1min
page 13

TRANSFORMATIVE BOARDING: MY CGS EXPERIENCE

1min
page 12

NATIONAL BOARDING WEEK

1min
page 12

VIVIDKIDS

1min
page 11

CGS LIGHTS UP IN SUPPORT OF WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

1min
page 10

HARMONY WEEK

1min
page 10

CGS STUDENT DESIGNS & SELLS EARRINGS FOR BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH

1min
page 9

CGS STUDENT WINS PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIP TO TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

1min
page 8

HALOGEN YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

1min
page 7

FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENT LEADERSHIP & HOUSE SYSTEM

1min
page 6

A WORD FROM OUR SENIOR SCHOOL CAPTAINS STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY EMBRACING DIVERSITY & PROMOTING WELLBEING

1min
pages 4-5

CGS OUTLOOK

2min
pages 1-3
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