November 12, 2021

Our Community

Whilst our purpose is to provide the highest quality learning, wellbeing and co-curricular opportunities and experiences for our students, belonging to a community and being connected with others is often what we remember most fondly.

The strength of our community is enhanced by the contributions that many of our parents make in supporting key school initiatives, and also our old grammarians as they provide inspiration and support as role models to our current students.

I am deeply indebted to the work of the Parents and Friends Association under the leadership of Dr Rob Webster OAM who have over many years supported events and raised funds to help purchase learning equipment to enhance our educational offerings. During the last 2 years his team have continued to help keep families connected and supported during this challenging time.

At our ‘Thank You to Volunteers’ celebration evening tonight, I will be acknowledging a number of Year 12 parents who have provided continuous service to the school throughout their daughter’s education. Thank you to Rob and Jenni Webster, Jo Ellingworth, Fiona Robertson, Ray Barmby and Maria Ventura, Liz Sutton, Vivienne Wang, Nancy Goletsos and Heather Masterman. They have worked with many teams over the years, and we are grateful for the support of all parents.

This support has taken many forms – as a committee member of the PFA, by providing leadership in organising other events with parents such as the Summer Spectacular, Mothers and Father’s Day events, Trivia Nights, pre-show refreshments for the Performing Arts events and sausage sizzles, icy poles and baked treats at the House Cross Country and Swimming carnivals. They have coordinated year level representatives and have been parent representatives on parent forum groups and committees such as the Uniform Committee.

Our second-hand Uniform Shop has also been run by a team of dedicated parents under the leadership of Jo Ellingworth and Jenni Webster across weekends, during school days and after school for many years. We are grateful for their commitment to supporting so many CGGS families.

If you would like to be involved in the Parents and Friends Association, we would welcome your support and I invite you to contact Susannah Jepson from our Foundation Office.

During our Centenary year, we launched our Inspiring Women of CGGS program. In our inaugural year we recognised eighteen old grammarians in a ceremony held in July this year. In the spirit of our school’s vision, mission and values, all recipients had demonstrated through their professional contributions, service to society and personal qualities and accomplishments to be worthy of this acknowledgment.

A photograph and short biography of each woman has been displayed in Senior School. The purpose of this is to honour and celebrate our former students and for current students to be inspired, see what is possible, engage with contemporary issues and to emulate high ideals and aspirations.

We will honour a further 12 women in a ceremony to be held in early 2022 to celebrate our 2021 recipients. I am proud to announce that they are:

Mrs Joan Child AO (Olle, 1937) (Posthumous award)
Career in state politics and was the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1985.

Ms Ruth Dunn (Thorold, 1959)
Career as a Psychologist working across a range of areas and has worked with the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service to support PTSD veterans and their families.

Ms Georgie Herbert (1998)
Has a long career in sports management, but now works for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation as her passion lies in raising funds to find a cure for Ovarian Cancer. To date Georgie has raised $1m for this cause.

Mrs Pamela Hore (Beasley, 1959)
Worked in Local Government Aged Care Department, as a volunteer at Alzheimer’s Australia and continues advocacy work with Dementia Australia and the elderly.

Professor Michelle Leech (1981)
Has held a number of teaching and leadership positions within Monash Universities Medical program and is currently the Deputy Dean Medicine Program.

Mrs Amanda Mandie OAM (Sharpe, 1977)
Philanthropist and founder of Koala Kids Foundation an organisation dedicated to supporting children and young people during cancer treatment. She has also founded two other non-for-profit foundations.

Ms Margaret Porritt (Newhouse, 1958)
Founder of iconic FEATHERS boutique and her own range of apparel with a 50 year career in Australian retail and fashion.

Dr Jacqui Richmond (1991)
Dedicated her career to improving the health outcomes for people living with Hepatitis B and C.

Ms Nicola Rivers (1994)
Environmental lawyer who is Co-CEO of Environmental Justice Australia, a leading public interest environmental law organisation and has co-founded two social enterprises.

Dr Rebecca Spindler (1987)
Ecosystem and wildlife conservation expert focused on Australian and international conservation. She is now the Executive Manager of Science Conservation for Bush Australia.

Mrs Cecile Storey AM (Benjamin, 1961) (Posthumous award)
Past staff member from 1958 – 1961 who made a huge impact on students. Passionate about education, women’s rights and human rights, she worked tirelessly in Education and International Affairs.

Professor Delene Weber (Marsh, 1987)
Environmental Scientist focusing on making a positive impact in the way forests and our environment are protected, currently working at the University of South Australia where she has received multiple national teaching awards.

You will also be able to read more about them in our December issue of CamLife.

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody