This week individual auditions for House Music have been conducted in readiness for our newly imagined House Music, Dance and Drama spectacular planned for Friday 11 September. The 2020 School and House Leaders have certainly earned their stripes this year with each of their portfolios needing a new and creative approach to ensure the Years 7 – 12 students have been able to engage in the vast array of opportunities offered at CGGS.
Under no circumstances were any of the student led events going to be cancelled in 2020, that just is not in the CGGS vocabulary. From virtual House Debating, remote Cross Country, Diversity and Reconciliation Week activities, we now see the House Music, Dance and Drama Captains recreating their events to ensure they display the talents of the girls in their Houses. The highly prized Rhodes Cup, which recognises the House that has attained the most points throughout the year, will most definitely not be a casualty of COVID-19. In fact, it is safe to say the 2020 School and House leaders will have developed an entirely new set of skills that will hold them in great stead for their futures.
An article published by Employment Hero outlines 6 of the Most In-demand Skills for the Future of Work. These skills being: Innovation and creativity, Problem-solving and critical thinking, a Growth mindset, Leadership (including Decision-making, Public speaking, Delegating, Communication, How to take ownership of the task at hand), Interpersonal skills and Data analysis. Read the article below.
It is my belief that with the assistance of our dedicated CGGS staff, our 2020 students, and the leaders in particular, have definitely used the circumstances of this year to develop and hone these skills.
There have been many displays and messages of gratitude for the efforts of our teachers and all CGGS staff these past few weeks from our parents and students. Yesterday, another example of this gratitude was in the form of a Year 8 video they had created to say a big thank you to their teachers. Two students, Matilda Jones and Jessica Terlikar coordinated students from Year 8 and produced a very heartfelt thank you.
We are so proud of all our students and on behalf of all the Senior School staff I would like to say a huge thank you to all the students and their families for really living our school values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect, Hope and Courage this past term.
The Monday Prayer delivered by Rev Creed and written by a year 4 student, that published in The Daily ensured we continue to keep the #Black Lives Matter movement front of mind.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for protecting and watching over us during this challenging time. Your kindness and respect for each of us will always shine through during the bad days. We thank you for having faith in us at all times, even when we are not our best selves. Thank you for respecting us for who we are, regardless of our skin colour or our culture. Please sympathise with all people of colour in the world who have been treated badly. Help us to realise those who are racist have sinned and please forgive them for their actions. Thank you for blessing us with our wonderful lives and forgive us if we fail to appreciate them.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Back in the Music Studio
It’s great to be back in the Music Studio facilities, where the students can create, collaborate and produce original compositions. The Year 8/9 Music Composition Elective class completed a Video Game composition project whilst in remote learning, where they engaged with different ways of thinking, took responsibility for implementing the skills acquired during Term 1 and responded to a range of creative challenges faced. The students have enjoyed reconnecting with each other in lessons and are now in the process of devising a ‘site specific’ composition for the Barbara Sutton Hall Foyer, using multi-track recording techniques.
Director of Music – Curriculum
Year 9 Leadership Conference ‘AMP’D UP’
On Monday of this week a number of Year 9 students took part in the AMP’D UP Leadership Webinar, “Powering Year 9 Leaders through the Current Climate”. Run by YLead, a national organisation who create unique learning experiences that empower young people to be the best they can be, we were able to nominate eight (8) students to participate in the program.
The Amp’D Up conference is designed to provide students with the skills to develop a leadership mindset, lead others, be confident in navigating an ever-changing world and, most importantly, the knowledge of how to look for leadership opportunities within their school and wider community. Over 160 schools from across Australia and New Zealand took part in the session.
The conference explored the notion of ‘20 seconds of courage’, and provided strategies and tips for our future leaders including top tips such as; “You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you respond”, “see mistakes as an opportunity to learn”, and the idea that “courage comes before confidence”.
Throughout the day the students participated in discussion based activities that further explored the program’s themes. At the end of the day, students were encouraged to continue to consider how they could take bring their learnings back to each of their schools, and we look forward to seeing the plans and ideas that they put into action next term.
Well done to our 8 participants: Georgia Papadopoulos, Xara Anderson, Isabella Georges, Madeleine Giagoudakis, Tara Rastogi, Salwa Saiba, Sasha Feldmann and Amy Dingle.
Wellbeing – Reflections
Ms Kath Woolcock, Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Wellbeing, has been working with the Year Level Coordinators to develop a program to build on the silver linings our students have experienced during our remote learning time and indeed throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Period 5 Wellbeing time this week, many Years 10 – 12 Forms and Years 7 – 9 Tutor Groups participated in activities where they were asked to focus on gratitude by reflecting on moments, memories and experiences that have provided them with pleasure, happiness and positive emotions.
Year 9 Wellbeing
Students in Year 9A created a Gratitude Photo Board as part of this activity, commenting on pets, holidays and time with family as the moments and highlights that they are grateful for as part of their everyday lives. It’s a very interesting reflection that for many of us, not just our students, one of the greatest positives from the additional time we have spent together, has been the opportunity to have more family time, focussing on connection and remembering the simplicity and joy of just being together.
Years 7 and 8 Wellbeing Wednesday Activities
As part of our Wellbeing Wednesday initiative and in recognising the benefits of unstructured physical activity and our health and movement, our School Sport Captain Michaela Robinson, supported by a team of House Captains (Laney Kriketos, Ashley Olsen, Cathy Gu, Belinda Lemanis, Sophia Giagoudakis), provided an opportunity for our Year 7 and 8 students to get active during their lunchtime. Students were invited to join in a range of fun activities on the oval including classic games such as Octopus, Scarecrow Tiggy and Memory Tag. It was wonderful to see so many students running around, laughing and enjoying the sunshine. Thank you to all who were involved.
Year 7 PE
The Footpath Chalk Obstacle Course phenomenon was certainly very popular across neighbourhoods during isolation, and as part of Year 7 Health and PE lessons this week, students were asked to come up with their own chalk creations. Drawing upon the knowledge learnt during the ‘Active at Home’ unit, students designed obstacle courses for their peers that combined a range of gross motor skills, fitness activities and other challenges to increase heart rates and inspire movement. Another flow on effect from isolation is a reminder of how easy it is to create your own fun, a piece of chalk and imagination is all you need.
Year 7 ‘Mummification’
With a return to on-site learning our Year 7 History students have been exploring Ancient Egyptian beliefs. A culture with a fascinating history we commenced the new study unit in the Science laboratory, ‘mummifying’ an apple in salt and baking soda. The combination of these two household items was used to try and replicate natron, a substance that was used by the Egyptians to induce dryness in bodies in preparation for embalming and mummification. Students are continuing their studies by learning about the complex belief systems surrounding the practice of mummification, and the tombs in which wealthy and important Ancient Egyptians were interred. Using these simple interactive experiments to explain these ancient processes is a simple way of bringing history to life. Enjoy some reflections from students below.
Christa Cook and Maggie Wighton
Year 7 History Teachers
In the Science laboratory instead of using a body to mummify, we used an apple. We cut the apple into 3 slices and put them each in plastic cups. For the first and second cups we fully covered the apple with a combination of salt and bicarb soda and with the third cup we didn’t cover it at all. After a certain amount of time, we will reveal each of the apple cups and see what has happened to them. I found this experiment really fun and interesting because I could see the type of process Ancient Egyptian’s used. This helped me to learn how Ancient Egyptian’s mummified bodies instead of just watching a video of the process they used.
Rhea Jaitha, 7W
I really enjoyed this activity and we got to do it in the Science laboratory which was different to what we normally do in History classes. It taught us a bit about mummification and preservation which was really interesting. I can’t wait till we see the results next week.
Amanda Lee, 7W
I wish everyone a restful weekend.
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School