Over the weekend of 20–23 May Canberra Girls Grammar School celebrated its 90th Anniversary and Founders’ Day.
The celebrations were kicked off on Friday night with the P&F Association’s first ever Night Markets, and what a success it was!
Crowds of thousands were spoilt for choice with 37 stalls selling handmade and homemade goods, soul warming food, art, jewellery, sweet treats, mulled wine and much more.
Children were kept entertained all night in the family activity area and were treated to a performance by Warehouse Circus.
The music department provided musical entertainment through the entire evening, families enjoyed listening to performances form the Celtic Club, Jazz band as well as Junior School buskers raising funds for a Grand Piano.
Saturday followed with the launch of the school’s Heritage Walk.
Grammarians from peer years 2011, 2006, 1996, 1986, 1976 and 1975 joined us for the day to celebrate their reunions.
Many a memory was shared over cups of tea and caramel slice and the Heritage Walk allowed the ladies to literally take a walk down memory lane.
Later in the evening laughter and chatter filled Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia at the Alumni Cocktail function. 180 past students, Board members and Gabriel Foundation Board members joined together for the celebrations and were treated to soul music duo, TuchaSoul.
The annual Founders’ Day Chapel Service was held at the Chapel of the Annunciation on Sunday morning and led by CGGS Chaplain, The Reverend Paul Harris. Many members from the school community attended the service where the Junior School’s Les petite chanteuses graced chapel-goers with their beautiful singing throughout the service.
Morning tea was held in the back of the chapel followed by a Heritage Walk.
Celebrations continued through to Monday with assemblies at both the Senior and Junior Schools commemorating Founders’ Day. We were lucky enough to have Grammarian Bethany Lee (2007), a Design Engineer with Hawker Pacific speak at both assemblies. Bethany reflected on her time at school and shared with us her journey since graduating from CGGS in 2007.
To the students’ delight they were each gifted with a 90th Anniversary cupcake each from the school to enjoy after their assembly.
Finally, the celebrations were wrapped up with a Grammarians’ Founders’ Day lunch and badge ceremony where three 60 year badges were presented to members from the class of 1956.
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Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at some or all of the events over the weekend, it was a wonderful celebration of the school community and it’s very rich history.
Keep an eye out for more exciting events to come throughout the rest of the year.
Alumni and Events Manager
Photo above: 2012 CGGS graduates Gemma Butler, Philippa Crowther, Alix Biggs and Suchara Fernando at the Alumni Cocktail held in Gandel Hall on Saturday, 21 May 2016.
Gallery photos: A collection of photos from events throughout the entire Founders’ Day weekend.