At Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) we strive for excellence
At such a young age, our ELC and Junior School students are encouraged to grow and develop in a way that is enriching so that they will succeed later in life.
To help achieve this, the CGGS offers a wide range of opportunities in which students can achieve-from academic subjects, to a host of co-curricular activities including choirs, school bands, drama and art clubs, plus many and varied sports.
Achieve at CGGS
“After 10 years of international teaching and living in Asia, I feel incredibly privileged to have been welcomed back into such a progressive School” – Simone Reilly, Curriculum Coordinator, Canberra Girls Grammar Junior School.
Developing young minds
The CGGS Early Learning Centre (ELC) follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, aiming to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” (IBO Mission Statement). This ensures a seamless transition into the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at the Junior School.
The ELC curriculum draws upon the interests of the children. Learning experiences may come from the conversations of children, from events happening within the community as well as from the known interests of children. Through inquiry-based learning, the Early Learning Centre staff help children to explore concepts and create new knowledge together.
The centre fosters strong connections with the parent community and regular opportunities are provided for parents to actively engage in the learning process.
Early learning is all about feeling safe, learning through play and discovery, and encouragement to explore further the world around them.
EXPERT TEACHING THAT FOCUSES ON INDIVIDUALS
Making things easy is what good teachers do best. They translate the complex into simple steps. They find creative ways to explain things and alter their methods to meet the needs of individual students.
Professor Debra Myhill from Exeter University, UK, argues that good subject knowledge and intellectual ability are both important in teaching, but they are not sufficient to be a good teacher. A crucial ingredient, she feels, is the teacher’s ability and willingness to reflect on his or her own performance and then to change it.
At CGGS we employ teachers who are not afraid to be creative and do things differently so that our students learn more effectively.
Junior School students at CGGS genuinely demonstrate all the Primary Years Programme learner profile attributes every day and consistently present themselves as responsible, confident and trustworthy. It is particularly pleasing when our students’ excellent behaviour and passion for learning is acknowledged in the community.
Personal growth through a wide range of experiences
Our co-curricular program encoourages personal growth by providing students with a wide range of experiences. Success occurs when students and staff can access a broad range of experiences. Success in future studies, employment and life itself can result from having a balanced approach to work and broader social commitments, and from developing a capacity to work effectively with others.