Sarah Booth commemoration

Posted 23 April 2021 1:27pm

This morning, in the warmth of the Boarding House, a small group of people gathered to honour Sarah Booth, a dedicated member of the Canberra Girls Grammar School community, who made her mark through kindness and the desire to advance women, their education and working conditions.

In 1986, Sarah started working as the Executive Officer of the National Council of Independent Schools (now known as the Association of Independent Schools) and formed a close relationship with the then Canberra Church of England Girls Grammar School, where she acted as a guardian for boarders, including Jane Parsons (1991).

Upon her death at the end of 1991, Sarah remembered the School in her Will. The Principal at the time, Mrs Elizabeth McKay, ensured the gift was used to renovate two rooms in the Boarding House and a plaque has been mounted as permanent recognition of Sarah’s valuable contribution and dedication to the young women of the Boarding House.

In attendance at the gathering, alongside members of the CGGS team, were:

  • Peter Booth (Sarah’s nephew), his wife Cathy (Yuen Ting) Leung and their daughters, Lauren and Louise
  • Elizabeth McKay AM (former Principal 1984-1999)
  • Susan Parsons (friend of Sarah and mother to past student Jane)
  • Janelle Brangwin and her husband, Christopher Brangwin (friends of Sarah)
  • Principal, Anna Owen
  • Julie Jorritsma, Deputy Principal (Head of Senior School)
  • Claudia Doman, Executive Director (Communications and Engagement)
  • Ellena Papas, Executive Director (Operations)
  • Lisa Parolin, Head of Boarding

Clair Murray
Alumni and Development Officer

Photo at top: Back row (L-R) - Christopher Brangwin, Janelle Brangwin, Susan Parsons and Liz McKay AM.
Front row (L-R) - Peter Booth, Lauren Booth, Louise Booth and Cathy Leung.