Posted 2 December 2016 12:25pm

The year 12 cohort of 2016 were farewelled at their Graduation Dinner at Parliament House last night, a special occasion for the students and their families.

There to officially welcome the girls to the wonderful world of Canberra Girls Grammar School’s Alumni was our very own Grammarian, Dr. Penny King (1987).

Penny reflected on her time at Canberra Girls Grammar School and spoke about the challenges she faced as a graduating student with big decisions ahead as to what she would go on to study. Science was the path that she chose.

Penny is currently an Associate Professor and an Australian Research Council 'Future Fellow' at the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at the Australian National University (ANU).

Penny is the only Australian-based researcher to have worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission with the Curiosity rover.  In 2013, the mission found evidence on the surface of Mars for a past environment that would have been favourable for microbes.  Her research group currently examines what happens when a gas reacts with a solid.  These kinds of reactions occur naturally in stars, in volcanoes, in smelters and on the surfaces of all of the planets. 

We are incredibly fortunate to have had Penny share her story with us, she is a wonderful example of the type of women our Grammar Girls go on to become.

Laura Bullock
Alumni and Events Manager

Photo: Grammarian Dr. Penny King (1987) speaking at the Year 12 Graduation Dinner 2016
Photo below: The Graduating Class of 2016

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