On Thursday, 28 May 2020, a small gathering was held as Mrs Belinda Moss planted a rose named in her honour, in appreciation of her valuable contribution to the School.
Mrs Moss was a member of the School Board for 11 years from 2008 and held the position of Chair of the Board from 2011 to 2019. She was the first woman to hold the position.
Mrs Moss was moved and delighted by the gesture. “The spot for the roses near the Chapel is lovely and it was so good to see a group planted together,” Belinda said.
“Please thank Ross (Reid) and his team for me. I am now focussed on planting my own rose in pride of place in my rose garden!
“I am so pleased to be continuing my relationship with the School and look forward to many happy years together in a variety of ways, wherever I can be of help.”
Mrs Moss was joined at the planting ceremony by her husband, Mr Philip Moss, the School’s Principal, Mrs Anna Owen, the School Board Chair, Mrs Sue Hart, and the Chair of the Gabriel Foundation, Mr David Holmesby. CGGS students, Rachael Lu, SRC Chairperson, and Isabel Ritchie, Emily Service Captain, and a couple of members of staff also witnessed the ceremony.
The Belinda Moss Rose is a blush pink, beautifully perfumed species named in her honour and registered internationally with the American Rose Society. Canberra Girls Grammar School has the rights to the entire crop for national distribution.
Five of the roses will grow and blossom on the Senior School campus next to the Chapel, while another has been gifted to Belinda to cherish in her garden at home. An additional rose will be planted at the Junior School campus later this year.
Members of the CGGS community will have the opportunity to purchase a Belinda Moss Rose at the School Fete.
Thank you, Mrs Moss, for your tireless commitment and graceful, insightful and highly valued contribution to our School.
Photo at top: L-R, Mrs Belinda Moss, Mrs Anna Owen and Mrs Sue Hart, Chair of the CGGS Board