We are off to an incredible start to the year with our students achieving great things! Our students are a community of young women with a trailblazing spirit - from the sporting field, to creative pursuits and outdoor endeavours, their achievements showcase their courage and empowerment.
Over the summer holidays, Zayaan Jadwat (Year 12) was selected as one of only sixteen students (out of 300 applicants) from around Australia to participate in the National Summer Art Scholarship 2019. Only two students from the ACT earned a place at the week-long scholarship at the National Gallery of Australia. Congratulations, Zayaan on this significant achievement.
Boarder Grace Kemp (Year 12) joins Junior School PE Teacher, Louise Burrows on the ACT Brumbies Super W team this year! At 17, Grace is one of the youngest players in the team, while Louise is a true veteran of the game, having represented Australia at four (!) Rugby World Cup tournaments. The Canberra Times featured an article about this dynamic duo earlier this week. Show your support for these incredible sportswomen at the season opener on Saturday, 23 February.
Georgia Kinnane (Year 12) was awarded the honour of Young Citizen of the Year at the 2019 Australia Day Awards in Bungendore. Georgia is an amazing representative for her community, fulfilling the role of Bungendore Show Youth Ambassador for the last two years and was the Bungendore Junior Showgirl for 2018. She has also been involved with organising two ‘smart boards’ donated to smaller, outlying schools in the area. Furthermore, Georgia has been actively involved with Bungendore Basketball, helping to develop the skills of younger players, training and refereeing.
As an Equestrian, Georgia has made a great start to 2019, earning the title of Supreme Champion rider at Bungendore Show. This follows a strong end to 2018 which saw Georgia win five state and four national titles. As the 2018 CGGS Equestrian Captain, she led her team to two state titles at the ACT State Championships. This year she will compete in Nationals at both Interschools, Pony Club and the Australian Saddle Horse Association Nationals.
Georgia shows great leadership, strength and growth in all aspects of her life, we congratulate her on her success and look forward to watching her succeed in her future pursuits.
Samantha Burge (Year 12) received an invitation to participate in the Team Mounted Games World Championship in Wales 2019. Additionally, Sam was selected to participate in the 2019 State Camp, where the top 60 riders across many states are trained by top equine professionals. The Camp looks for the top 10-15 riders in five disciplines: Dressage, Sporting, Jumping, Mounted Games and Horsemanship. Sam was selected in Sporting and Mounted Games – she elected to participate in Sporting. Due to her outstanding achievements, Sam will be looking to seek an elite athlete scholarship nationally and internationally at the end of Year 12.
Textiles Captain, Bianca Armstrong (Year 12) spent her summer holidays completing Vocational Education and Training Certificate III in Design Fundamentals at Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney. Upon graduating, Bianca also received the Student of Excellence Award for Fashion Design, beating out 30 other fashion students for the honour. The photo of Bianca featured in the article shows her wearing her graduate piece (the coat). Keep an eye on Bianca – we expect to see her Fashion Week premiere sometime in the near future!
Year 8 students Elizabeth Diedricks and Louisa Carr represented ACT in the School Sport Australia 12 Years & Under Boys and Girls National Championships held in Bunbury, WA in December 2018. The games were played in pretty hot conditions (30+) and consisted of 20 over or 30 over games. The ACT girls team came 5th overall, winning their first game against WA and playing strong, competitive cricket in the remaining games. Congratulations to both Elisabeth and Louisa on achieving representative level in your chosen sport.
Also keeping busy during the January school holidays was Jaimie Noonan (Year 10) as she embarked on a unique leadership program for 15-17 year olds with Outward Bound. Over the course of twelve days, Jaimie and her fellow adventurers undertook many challenges in the Australian Alps, with the aim of developing confidence in an outdoor setting as well as understanding leadership and group dynamics.
With only themselves to rely on, they conquered abseiling, high ropes courses and plenty of hiking during an intensive heatwave. They also endured a 24-hour solo challenge. Being self sufficient in the bush meant carrying sufficient food and water for eighteen people for three days at a time.
“There were tears, blood, and a massive amount of sweat,” said Jaimie.
“The camp was by far one of the hardest things I have ever done, though it was undoubtedly the most rewarding experience of my life. The bonds that I formed with those on the camp will stick for years and the memories that I made will remain with me for life.”
Photo above: Zayaan Jadwat at the National Summer Art Scholarship Program, held at the NGA.