Thank you to the members of our community who attended the Senior School Celebration Evening at Llewellyn Hall on Tuesday, 3 December.
The event was an opportunity to reflect on 2019 while recognising prize-winning students in Years 7 to 11.
For many, the highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Ms Virginia Haussegger AM. Virginia is a passionate women’s advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years.
Her speech was engaging, humorous and honest and resonated with students, parents and staff alike.
We were privileged to have the company of one of our oldest Grammarians, Mrs Dawn Waterhouse (1940) in attendance, along with The Right Reverend Dr Mark Short and Chair of the Gabriel Board, Mr David Holmesby.
In her final speech as Chair of the School Board, Mrs Belinda Moss spoke with pride about being involved in the strategic mapping of the direction of the School, the expansion of the physical footprint of CGGS and the diversity and equality within our school - a microcosm of today’s global environment.
The President of the CGGS Parents and Friends Association, Ms Kim de Crespigny, presented the P&F Teaching Excellence and Community Contribution Awards. Congratulations to Mrs Louise Dwyer, History teacher, Ad Astra facilitator and advocate for our Indigenous students, who received the Award for Teaching Excellence in Memory of Karen Harris. The recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the School Community was Katrina McDonagh for her tireless contribution to the CGGS Rowing program.
We would also like to thank the P&F for kindly gifting us with the CGGS lights which lit up the stage at Llewellyn Hall – no doubt they will be a much-photographed addition to our events.
Our talented musicians provided entertainment throughout the evening and were joined on stage by dancers and singers for an ensemble performance of Circle of Life from The Lion King to conclude the proceedings.
The evening was a wonderful reminder of the talent, perseverance and capacity for hard work our students embody.