It has been a big year for the Canberra Girls Grammar School students, Senior and Junior, and I am grateful for the support of so many associated with the school - your generosity, goodwill, commitment and energy are very much appreciated. We are a community which has highly involved students, active parents, dedicated staff and passionate past students and advocates who volunteer a tremendous amount of time and effort and, therefore, contribute greatly to the success of the School.
I have shared previously how grateful I am to be part of the community here at Girls Grammar. The honour of being a part of an institution that is bigger than yourself, more enduring than I am, and where I belong. In 2016, the then US President Barack Obama said, "If you did not know the wealth of the family, or which country, or what gender you were being born, and you could choose any time in history to be born, you would choose now!' He goes on to say, 'Let’s start with the big picture. By almost every measure, this country is better, and the world is better, than it was 50 years ago, 30 years ago, or even eight years ago'.
So, for me to find myself a teacher, a female, a parent, a full-time employee and a university graduate, born into this time, into this world, in Australia, in Canberra and with you at Canberra Girls Grammar School, I have won the lottery. And for that, I am grateful. Where in Australia would you have found yourself in the year that has become known as the COVID year? We saw some of the upsetting images of suffering from around the world, even interstate, knowing we had escaped them for ourselves and felt deep gratitude for our collective and community. At our School and around our nation, we really did feel we were all in this together!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, a restful holiday and a Happy New Year and I look forward to welcoming you back to school for the start of Term 1, 2021.
Mrs Anna Owen