Connected Community


Connected Community

December 7, 2021

Centenary Time Capsule

As part of the school’s Centenary Celebrations, students and staff were invited to contribute to a time capsule which will be opened on the school’s 125th anniversary in 2045. After being presented to Ms Dunwoody at Senior School Assembly this week, it has been mounted in the breezeway outside the Fig Tree Café where it is hoped it will remain well protected from the elements!

In July 2020, Head of History Mr Ian Lyell, School Archivist Mrs Marian Jenkinson, and Community Programs and Events Coordinator Mrs Kate Daffy, delved into the 1995 time capsule which had been buried in the front garden as part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations. Sadly, during its internment, the seal on the small Perspex had been broken, meaning the contents were all water-damaged to varying degrees. Two audio cassettes, with interviews of Mr Abe Goldberg, a Holocaust survivor, and Mr Geoff Hannaford, a Vietnam War Veteran, were salvaged, with the contents digitised and transcribed. These have become part of the school archives. In 2021, two Year 11 History students, Maya Jones and Olivia Jones, re-interviewed Mr Goldberg and this interview will be included in the Centenary Time Capsule. 

To prepare the Centenary Time Capsule, students and staff from the Early Learning Centre, Junior School and Senior School were invited to submit artefacts which they felt captured the range of activities that take place at CGGS, what we value as a community, and what our hopes are for the future. Examples included copies of the books A Century of Stories and Holly Goes to Ormiston, recordings of Senior School Production, samples of Year 1 and Year 3 students’ work from our periods of remote learning, and many other photos, videos, documents and examples of student work. As most of the artefacts are electronic, they have been saved to a hard drive for inclusion. The artefacts chosen demonstrate the unique effect Covid-19 has had on our community, illustrating the way we have maintained the school’s traditions and sense of community even during periods of lockdown over the last two years, and how these activities reinforce our motto of Utilis in Ministerium (‘useful in service’).

We hope this time capsule will give those in 25 years’ time an insight into our school – the wonderful educational and co-curricular activities available, the caring and friendships, as well as a reminder of the difficulties we have all faced and overcome in the past two years.

Senior School Dad & Daughter Bowling & Pizza Night

After many attempts to hold this event, the CGGS Dads Group was delighted to finally hold the Senior School Dad & Daughter Bowling & Pizza Night last Friday evening.

Families from all senior levels came together for a fun night of bowling whilst dining on delicious pizza. Many new friendships were made as a friendly rivalry between dads and daughters caused much hilarity.

The CGGS Dads Group looks forward to hosting more events in 2022 where dads can network and meet other fathers from CGGS. There will also be fun activities in which dads can participate with their daughters.

For more information about the CGGS Dads Group contact Terry McAleenan (Year 10 Dad)

Christmas Wishes from the Parents and Friends Association

The PFA wishes all members of the CGS Community a joyous Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday.

After another year interrupted by COVID restrictions, we were disappointed that our engagement with the CGGS community was limited and events could not be delivered.

We hope you all enjoyed your PFA Chocolate Gift and once again congratulate the winners of the PFA Lucky Hamper.

We look forward to welcoming you all back next year at the PFA Welcome Drinks on Friday 25 February 2022. This will be a fun night for parents to connect once again and celebrate our amazing CGGS Community.

Merry Christmas to you and your family…see you in 2022!!