In our interconnected world, success requires critical thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness
At Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) we actively teach our students to think and act as global citizens. At every opportunity students are encouraged to adopt a global perspective on their living and learning.
Through the experiences and education at CGGS, our graduates are ready to embrace the world, its differences and its opportunities.
Our school community itself is a rich gathering of cultures with strong ties to the Diplomatic Corps and the Australian Defence Forces. Our student body speaks more than 30 languages other than English and has connections with over 55 countries other than our own.
An International Perspective
THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMme
CGGS is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Years 11 and 12 and the Primary Years Programme in the Junior School.
CGGS remains one of the top performing International Baccalaureate schools in the ACT
The School’s best performing 2013 Year 12 IB student Phoebe Laing achieved an IB score of 43 (out of 45), which has an ATAR equivalent of 99.65.
Principal Anne Coutts says she’s delighted with Phoebe’s well-deserved results. “Phoebe is a talented and hard-working student who is modest about her achievements,” she says.
17-year-old Phoebe says she’s relieved that all her hard work has paid off. “I was really hoping for a score above 40, and I’m so glad that I have a result that I’m happy with,” she says.
Phoebe’s score ended her final year at CGGS on a high—she achieved her Licentiate Diploma in clarinet from the Trinity College of London and at graduation was awarded the Chris Fifield Award for Music and Languages. This year, she will take a well-earned break, travelling to Italy then teaching English and Maths in France and India. In 2015, she plans to study Law and International and Global Studies at Sydney University.
"The Programme encourages independent learning that best prepares students for further study. What we find appeals most to the girls is the flexibility of study across a wide area of subjects, preparing them for the multilingual world they're about to enter. The rigours of the workload ensure the students make a very smooth transition to university study, often achieving credits towards subjects at university level” – IB Coordinator Francis McGuigan.
The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.
CGGS has experienced a significant increase in student enrolments in the IB Programme. In only the third year the School has offered the IB Diploma Programme, numbers have grown from seven in the first year to 35 Year 11 and 12 students this year.
Students taking part in the programme are from diverse countries including India, Israel, USA, Russia, Singapore and Australia.
"My daughter was interested in the IB programme having done the PYP programme at primary school and after experiencing an exciting student exchange in Italy that exposed her to other education possibilities. I was attracted to the idea of a broader focus to her work, the clear sitting of the programme in the context of the whole student and the emphasis on learning to learn" - Amanda, mum of Kate in Year 12.
YEARS 9, 10 AND 11 STUDENTS VISIT GERMANY
On 5 December 2014, 11 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 headed to Germany with a cohort from Canberra Grammar School. The students visited the city of Hamburg, Berlin's museums and landmarks including a remaining section of the Berlin Wall. Students were billeted with the host families of our sister school, the Pascal Gymnasium in Muenster and attended school for a week, also enjoying time with host families celebrating Christmas and Boxing Day. Students went on to visit a cathedral in Cologne and a castle in Nuremberg before arriving in Munich to tour the city. Students spent their New Year's Eve ice skating at Nymphenburg Castle.
The students at Neuschwanstein Castle
"We left Germany with many fond memories, having learnt a good deal about the language, history and culture of the country." - Rhiannon Richards, German and French Teacher.
YEAR 9 AND 10'S JAPAN STUDY TOUR
Japanese language students from Years 9 and 10 toured Japan earlier this year. The students gained valuable insight into Japan’s culture and history whilst developing their language skills. The tour covered famous locations, like Nara, Kyoto and Hiroshima as students travelled from Nagasaki to Tokyo. The girls’ level of involvement and interest in everything around them contributed to a triumphant study tour and one of our most successful to date.