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Week 2 Update from Rockhampton Girls Grammar Principal Kara Krehlik

Principal Kara Krehlik, Investiture Ceremony special guest speaker Korin Petersen, and Deputy Principal of Studies Dr John Fry.

This weeks’ celebrations of student leaders through the investing of our secondary school seniors, primary school leaders, Student Council representatives and Prefects was an auspicious occasion.

Students, staff, and special guests stand to sing the School Song during theSecondary Investiture Ceremony for 2023.

Wednesday morning’s Secondary Investiture Ceremony acknowledged our diverse and united cohort of Year 12 students who pledged their dedication to the school - striving to enrich the Girls Grammar Community by encouraging kindness, respect and integrity to continually uphold the School values.

The 2023 Year 12 cohort.

After the announcement of their portfolios at last year’s Speech Night, our Prefects were officially invested into their role and awarded their leadership badges. A big moment that many of our girls have been anxiously awaiting since commencing their schooling journey at Girls Grammar.

Our Head Girl badges of Office and announcement of each bearer is the most anticipated event of the Ceremony. Both equally prestigious with each title honouring the people in whose memory they are given.

The yellow gold badge was bequeathed to the School by the first Headmistress – Miss Helen E Downs and is worn by the Head Prefect during her term of Office.

It has been presented annually since 1939 and this year is awarded to Head Girl and Community and Culture Prefect, Megan Clark.

Head Girl and Community and Culture Prefect Megan Clark with her parents Melissa and Dave.

The Prue McKeague Badge is platinum and was introduced in 1986, in memory of an exemplary 1985 Senior Student who died during the Christmas holidays of her Senior year.

This badge is worn by the other Head Girl and Student Wellbeing Prefect, Hadasshah Akop.

Head Girl and Student Wellbeing Prefect, Hadasshah Akop with her parents Luke and Marleen.

It was a privilege to have Mrs Korin Petersen, Girls Grammar Alumni join us as Guest Speaker for the Secondary Investiture Ceremony.

Secondary Investiture guest speaker and Girls Grammar Old Girl Korin Petersen during her address to students.

As an Old Girl and passionate supporter of our school, Korin has a strong and proud family association with her mother, aunt, sister and many second cousins having walked the halls of Paterson House.

Thank you Korin for sharing your story about your secondary schooling experience, the lifelong friendships you formed during your years at Girls Grammar, and the journey you took through your post-schooling studies to now be a Senior Solicitor.

Primary School Investiture Ceremony

As leaders of the primary school our Year 6 students pledged to be approachable and enthusiastic role models, with passion and dedication they will strive to do their best, encouraging their peers to be clever, confident and connected to the School.

Well done to our primary leaders, I know you will be proud role models, looking out for our younger students throughout this year before you transition in to the secondary school.

The Rockhampton Girls Grammar Year 6 cohort for 2023.

Congratulations to our student council representatives for 2023:

Year 11 Maya Elkhishin Bridie Matthews

Year 10 Clare Hills Rosie Warapa

Year 9 Lydia Johnstone Hollie Smith

Year 8 Mia Geissmann Abby Pitt

Year 7 Olivia Dobson Ella Williams

Year 6 Ava Chivers-Reynolds Ella Lewis

Year 5 Payton Milliner Shelby Offord

Year 4 Mae Inoc Amity Johnson

The Primary student council representatives for 2023.

Rockhampton Secondary Schools Student Leaders attend special Induction Ceremony

On Thursday afternoon, 9 Februray, I had the honour of accompanying our 10 Prefects to the Rockhampton Secondary Schools Student Leaders Induction Ceremony at St Joseph’s Cathedral.

Year 12 Prefects for 2023 attending the Rockhampton Secondary Schools Student Leaders Induction Ceremony at St Joseph’s Cathedral.

FRONT LEFT: Prefects Emilia Heilig, Hayley Roche, Megan Clark, Hadasshah Akop, Ellie Nelson, and Gabby Kurtz. BACK LEFT: Principal Kara Krehlik, Hannah Rideout, Claudia Heffer, Camryn McPherson, and Bridgette Williams.

All girls represented Girls Grammar with confidence and pride when introduced by name and portfolio to their fellow secondary school leaders and Principal’s and while taking their oath of leadership.

Not only did our Prefects demonstrate confidence, but also connection during the afternoon tea following the ceremony where they were provided the opportunity to meet and mingle with the student leaders from all 15 secondary schools across Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast.

The positive feedback from last year’s leaders about this afternoon event has led to Rockhampton Girls Grammar School hosting an additional event in Term 2.

This will allow the student leaders and Principals of our district secondary schools to come together again to network, share and collaborate with one another whilst showcasing our school with pride.

Congratulations to our 2023 secondary school seniors, primary leaders and student council representatives.

My hope for each and every one of you is to embrace the opportunities before you, support each other to reach your full potential by celebrating your individual and collective successes, talents, and achievements, and to make a difference in your own unique way.

Kara Krehlik




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