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A Word from our Acting Principal - Celebrations and COVID-19 Update from ISQ

Last Friday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Old Girls Association Christmas Dinner. There was a large turnout of Old Girls representing a broad array of graduating years. It was lovely to meet many new faces and mingle with the Old Girls of the school who I have had the pleasure of connecting with throughout the year. As always, Kent Reid and his team created a delicious Christmas themed dinner and McKeague Hall looked beautiful decked out for the festivities. Thank you to senior students who presented themselves so well and represented Girls Grammar with pride while serving and waitressing throughout the evening. I believe everyone had an enjoyable night catching up with old classmates and reminiscing about their years at Girls Grammar.

As we conclude Week 6 and progress into the biggest week on our school calendar, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our Year 12s who conclude their senior external exams on Tuesday 16 November. Your dedication over the years leading up to now, in particular the past three months of mock exams, study, and three weeks of external exams is admirable. You have nearly reached that long awaited finish line. This coming week will be filled with a mixture of emotions, ranging from relief, excitement, sadness, anticipation and joy of what has been and what is yet to come. I look forward to celebrating your final assembly with you, alongside your peers and Year 12 parents on Thursday 18 November at 2.10pm prior to your Year 12 Graduation Ceremony.

I also look forward to celebrating many special events, student milestones and achievements throughout Week 7. Tuesday marks the end of Year 12 external exams and their farewell from boarding dinner, Wednesday is the highly anticipated Girls Rock from 7.00pm at the Pilbeam and Thursday evening is the official Graduation for Year 12s. On Friday school concludes at the beginning of lunch time (12.35pm) in preparation for Speech Night, also at the Pilbeam. This is a time for our school community to join together in recognition and celebration of student achievements. Another fine example of our school fostering the values to be clever, confident and connected.

Congratulations to our volleyball team who were crowned winners of the Rockhampton and Districts Secondary Interschool Volleyball Title for a second year in a row. Well done on winning both the semi-final followed by the final in the same afternoon. As always, you represented Girls Grammar with pride and esteem and we all appreciate your commitment to your sport. Your smiles say it all!

Congratulations to the girls who played in the Red Rooster Touch Carnival over the weekend. I hear it was an enjoyable community event where we had many students represent Girls Grammar and some who organised their own teams for the competition. This is a great showcase of our school and community spirit. Well done on such great participation girls.

Last week Principals were contacted by ISQ’s CEO Christopher Mountford, following a letter he received from the Premier of Queensland. This letter outlines the release of the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan To Unite Families to chart the course through the next stages of the pandemic, unite families, and protect Queenslanders. With more than 75 per cent of Queenslanders already receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, the Premier and ISQ are requesting urgent assistance from families to get more Queenslanders vaccinated and protect everyone in the community from COVID-19. As we move forward, it is critical that we ensure as many Queenslanders as possible are vaccinated in the lead up to Christmas in order to enjoy more freedoms, including opening of boarders and travel.

Kara Krehlik

Acting Principal



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