Celebrating the Class of 2020

Posted 4 December 2020 12:38pm

Congratulations to our Class of 2020 who officially graduated from Canberra Girls Grammar School yesterday, Thursday, 3 December 2020.

Year 12 students and members of their families attended a Graduation Ceremony at Llewellyn Hall, followed by dinner at the National Convention Centre Canberra. These events were generously hosted by the Gabriel Foundation, represented by its Chair, Mr David Holmesby.

The ceremony saw each student presented with their Year 12 Certificate, alongside recognition of excellence in academic and sporting pursuits, and contributions to Houses and the School. Thirteen special awards were also conferred, acknowledging achievements in leadership, service, academics and the arts. The recipients of these are awards were:

  • Grammarians’ School Spirit Prize – Cassandra Linares
  • Grammarians’ Association Award for Service and Citizenship (Day Student) – Isabel Ritchie
  • Belinda Moss Award – Isabel Ritchie
  • Caltex Best All Round Student Award – Phoebe Varela
  • Prize for a Valued Contribution to Year 12 – Rachael Lu
  • Louisa Wawn Memorial Award for Community Service – Caitlin Boyes
  • Ann Gwynn-Jones Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Performance as a Student of Drama – Madysson Cocking
  • Chris Fifield Award for Music and Languages – Annaliese Grove
  • Mary Tatchell Prize for Service to Music – Ashleigh Lane
  • King Family Prize for Science – Monique Jeacocke
  • Cicolari & Vido Award for Commitment and Excellence – Caitlin Melhuish
  • Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award for Leadership and Teamwork – Ashleigh Lane
  • Australian Defence Force Future Innovators Award - Amelia Motherway
  • The Olympic Change-Maker Award - Isabella Davis & Zoe Melhuish
  • St Gabriel’s Lifetime Friends Award – Elizabeth Coper-Jones
  • Principal’s Award – Grace Turner

To read the full list of awards and prizes, click here to view the program.

As is tradition at graduation, we welcomed a Grammarian to address the graduates about what lies beyond the school gates. Fittingly, this year’s keynote was delivered virtually, all the way from Boston, USA. Julia Dhar (Fetherston, 2004) spoke about the four things she believes are required for us to grow and survive: recognition, purpose, belonging and certainty, relating each of these to memories from her time at CGGS.

Julia is a Partner at Boston Consulting Group, where she leads the firm’s work on behavioural economics and behavioural insights. She works in the public and private sectors to make organizations and teams fairer, more productive and happier. Her TED talk ‘How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground” has been viewed more than 5 million times.

As our newest Grammarians now head out into the world to blaze their own trails, we remind them that they are carried on the shoulders of a 100-year old legacy. Reach for the starts and believe that anything is possible.

Photo at top: Class of 2020 at their Graduation.

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