Our Class of 2019 officially graduated from Canberra Girls Grammar School last night.
Year 12 students and members of their families attended their Graduation Dinner, at the National Arboretum after a poignant service at the Chapel of the Annunciation.
Hosted by the Gabriel Foundation, the event 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 awards were:
- Grammarians’ School Spirit Prize – Yiping Yu
- Caltex Best All Round Student Award – Rebecca Gibson
- Prize for a Valued Contribution to Year 12 – Ailin He
- Grammarians’ Association Award for Service and Citizenship (Day Student) – Karina Lewis
- Louisa Wawn Memorial Award for Community Service – Maria Dogoritis
- Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award for Leadership and Teamwork – Elizabeth Hampton
- Ann Gwynn-Jones Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Performance as a Student of Drama – Noa Zwikael
- Chris Fifield Award for Music and Languages – Roopa Sharma-Burton
- Mary Tatchell Prize for Service to Music – Roopa Sharma-Burton
- Cicolari & Vido Award for Commitment and Excellence – Sarah Hutchinson
- St Gabriel’s Lifetime Friends Award – Chloe Willemsen
- King Family Prize for Science – Elisabeth Abhayaratna
- Principal’s Award – Anjali Hurrell
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. This year, Kylie Walker (1991), CEO of Science and Technology Australia, soon to become the leader of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, spoke about the importance of living an authentic life, allowing yourself to make mistakes and be vulnerable, and to always remain curious.
Kylie is a passionate campaigner for equity, diversity and inclusion and was named on of the Australian Financial Review’s 2019 100 Women of Influence for her work to empower those marginalised due to gender, sexuality, chronic or terminal illness, domestic violence and cultural identity.
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: Katherine Flint, Karina Lewis and Grace Carey at the National Arboretum for Graduation Dinner.