To our parents, students and staff - can I say how much I have enjoyed my association with Canberra Girls Grammar. As always there are times of challenge, times of great sadness and yet, overwhelmingly, times of such fun and reward.
A privilege of teaching is to watch students come through from a Year 6 enrolment interview and graduate as a Year 12 student. I can think of so many students who have grown into passionate, articulate, open and compassionate young women. They are open-hearted and will do great things in life. Meeting parents and students, teaching, or attending a wide range of functions or sporting events has always been a source of pride and enjoyment for me at CGGS. The generosity and support of parents across the Senior and Junior campuses, Boarding, P&F, co-curricular, clubs and activities or Chapel services has been outstanding and provided opportunities for so many stimulating conversations.
My Year 9 Religion and Philosophy class this term have been grappling with the weighty topic of ‘What it means to be human – what gives us purpose?’ Mark Twain is quoted as saying that the two most important days in your life are the day that you are born and the day you find out why. There is something of the second observation that in my next role and school – Marist College Canberra.
Thank you sometimes does not appear to adequately cover the feelings and experience over six years – I have been blessed by having the opportunity to be here at CGGS and can only say a deep, deep thanks.
In my last week at Girls Grammar and overseeing the co-curricular program, I was proud to see some of our students represent CGGS wonderfully at the Australian National Rowing Championships held at Lake Barrington in Tasmania. The logistics alone were very demanding, involving cancelled flights and transporting the boats to Tasmania by car. Thank you to Head of Rowing, Caroline Pijpers, for taking on the long drive and ferry crossing and for the outstanding job you did in preparing our squad for Nationals. The conditions on the course ranged from perfect to difficult as the major weather pattern experienced across the eastern states moved into Tasmania.
Our First VIII took the silver medal in the Under 19 Women’s Coxed Eight and the Schoolgirls’ Coxed Eight equaled the best CGGS place at nationals. Congratulations to all rowers, coaching staff and parents for another highly enjoyable and successful season.
Mr Peter Milligan
Photos below: Photos from the Australian Rowing Championships followed by Peter Milligan's last day at CGGS.