The shortest day of the year has now passed, and so has our first semester. It is hard to believe that we have reached the half-way point of the year already especially after the manner in which we commenced our academic year back in February.
As I mentioned last week, the events and activities have increased, the further in to the term we went, and this past week has definitely seen us conclude Term 2 on a high note. The 20th anniversary of Girls Grammar’s race day last Saturday was a wonderful celebration of all what our school prides itself on which is our strong sense of community. Thank you to the staff, students, families and friends of our school who volunteered their time to assist in planning and preparations leading up to Saturday, on the day and on the days following. Thank you and congratulations to Vicki Jackson and the Race Day Committee for the countless hours you all put in to making Saturday such a success. To hear the feedback from people both within and external to our school community about the positive, engaging and enjoyable atmosphere is a testament to our Girls Grammar community.
Our annual athletics carnival held this week at CQUs sporting precinct was an action packed day for the girls and the perfect winter weather added to the days’ success. Director of Sport, Greta Doherty must be thanked for the weeks of planning and organising including the running of pre-carnival events in the lead up to Tuesday. The support of Emily McKelvie in assisting with these preparations along with the running of the day, must be mentioned as well as the support and encouragement of all the staff who helped in managing, measuring and overseeing the range of track and field events the girls from Prep - 12 rotated through. We look forward to concluding the carnival when we return for Term 3 with the running of the Gift and the traditional Senior Boarders vs Day Girls tug-o-war (perhaps I should work on my baking skills over the break). We will be awarding age champions and announcing winning teams during our first assembly back in Week 2 of Term 3. My fingers are crossed for a Paterson Victory!
I trust that our Year 10-12 students and their families enjoy the parent-daughter breakfast on McKeague Deck this Friday as a culminating event for Term 2, while Wendy Sheppard, Enrolments Officer and I are in Emerald at Ag Grow Field Days. It has been wonderful to have already connected with a number of Old Girls and their young children, as well as current parents. Wendy and I look forward to catching up with more families - old, current and prospective new members of our school community. You can find us in the Emerald Pavilion where we are easily distinguished by the bright, inviting, sunshine yellow.
I wish all of you a safe, happy and healthy June - July holiday and I look forward to welcoming all boarders back on Sunday 10 July and day girls on Monday 11 July where we will then be counting down until opening night of the much anticipated Shrek musical on Friday 22 July.