It never ceases to amaze me to hear of the many connections people have with Rockhampton Girls Grammar School. Whether it be themselves personally as an Old Girl, a family member from a past generation, or relatives across many generations, friends or acquaintances. Conversations about these strong connections with our school have occurred in a variety of settings, both professionally and personally. From enrolment interviews, to meetings, professional learning, sporting events, my own children’s education and co-curricular engagement, friends, social and community events such as Monday’s Anzac Day services within our community.
Every time I hear these stories I am filled with an intense feeling of pride and thankfulness that I am a part of a school that has such a rich heritage of culture and tradition. The conversations I have are, most often, a memorable trip down memory lane for those who have attended Girls Grammar or have heard of the positive, character building and messages of 'not only for school but for life we are learning' from past students. The strength of the relationships formed are not always while girls have been students of Girls Grammar but at times the bonds have strengthened after Graduation, making our school such a special place. Staff (current and past) along with Old Girls often comment that they have never seen anything quite like this uniqueness that makes our school what we are known fondly, and at times remarkably, for both within and outside our immediate school community. It was Monday’s Anzac Day Dawn Service, Rats of Tobruk and CBD march where our students represented Rockhampton Girls Grammar School with such pride, which was evident across the community. It is events such as these that reaffirm the pride we have in our history, one another and our school as a whole that was on display and shone through in the number of students we had representing us during the march, the honour our Year 12s have to perform the candlelight vigil at the Dawn Service and our Head Girls who read the speech each year at the Rats of Tobruk Service.
On each of these occasions and many others, I have great pride in representing Girls Grammar alongside our staff and students in continuing and building the many connections our school is privileged to be a part of.