Opening & Dedication of the Anne Feehan Building
In this last week of Term 3 we were delighted to host the Official Opening and Dedication of the Anne Feehan Building by the Most Reverend Doctor Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of Australia and The Honourable Josh Frydenberg, Member of the Australian Parliament for Kooyong.
As Principal of Camberwell Girls Grammar School from 2001 to 2014, Anne was instrumental in establishing a number of innovative curriculum programs, extensive refurbishments, major building projects including the new Ormiston Campus and the Woodstock Building as well as establishing the integration of the Cisco Technology Network to enable more collaborative engagement in programs. She had a vision for the future preparation of students and the design of this new building was also a key part of her legacy.
Anne Feehan’s leadership of Camberwell Girls Grammar School continued a very strong tradition of the school that had been at the forefront of change for over ninety years. She continued the legacy of her predecessors; Elizabeth Lockley, Louisa Taylor, Dorothy Hall, Barbara Sutton and Barbara Fary in ensuring that the education of our girls was contemporary, rigorous and focussed on preparing them as compassionate leaders, who understood the importance of service to others. To be specific, in Anne’s words ‘you receive a great education to build a better community’. Importantly she also ensured that Camberwell Girls maintained its distinctive culture, as a very friendly school with a great sense of community.
Anne has always set the bar high, not only for herself but also for others. She ensured a high quality of education that was reflected constantly through the outstanding academic results of the girls and their pathways into tertiary studies. Her commitment also saw the development of our links with Schools both nationally and internationally in China, Singapore and Queensland as well as developing international Social Justice, Sport and Music trips, and the History and Science trip to the USA including the engagement with programs at NASA.
Anne’s visionary development of the school infrastructure included the establishment of Ormiston at 4 Mont Albert Road. In such a competitive marketplace this acquisition and opportunity was second to none and will always be noted as one of the School’s most significant strategic achievements. In addition the new Ormiston building, designed by Hayball Architects, was the winner of an international competition for its design and construction.
In 2010 the School celebrated 90 years and Anne was meticulous in planning the events including the launch of the School History Book, Sapphire Circle Ball, the renovation of Robinson Hall and the establishment of the Camberwell Girls Grammar School Foundation.
Anne’s focus then turned to the Senior School’s Masterplan implementation with the opening of the new state of the art Woodstock Building in 2012, the development of the Parents and Friends Sports Field throughout 2013 and 2014, and the opening of the newly renovated Fig Tree Café in 2014.
All of these achievements are remarkable along with the growth of enrolments and the very sound financial management of the School.
However, with this also came Anne’s commitment to ensuring the development of the character of our girls, leadership programs, our grounded social justice program, engagement with indigenous communities, as well as student engagement to the world through our Next Generation Technology and partnership with CISCO as one of their Exemplar Schools.
We are very grateful to be able to acknowledge Anne Feehan’s vision, energy and commitment in providing an outstanding education for girls, enabling them to be the compassionate leaders of the future.
The naming of the Anne Feehan Building is a very fitting tribute to her commitment to Camberwell Girls Grammar School.
I wish you all a very happy and safe holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 4.
With best wishes