From the Alumnae Relations Manager

For most people, this is the traditional season for reflecting on the past year and making plans for the future, no matter how big or small. I am sure for so many that although 2022 still presented some challenges, there were also memorable moments and highlights. I hope this year was one that allowed you to feel inspired again—inspired to start a new project, encouraged to resume travel, or even motivated to learn something new.

In this edition of Bishbar Blue, we continue to proudly profile our diverse community of Grammar Women who not only actively seek to engage with others but dynamically inspire those around them—including Amanda Angelini (1989). I hope you enjoy reading her story about ‘appropriate persistence.’

This admirable trait is also demonstrated by some of our newest graduates, who returned to Girls Grammar in 2022 to successfully support the second year of the Grammar Women—Grammar Girls Mentoring Program.

While many of our recent graduates continue to return to Girls Grammar to coach sporting teams or other co-curricular activities, the mentoring program is helping to further strengthen connections between current students and alumnae in other meaningful and rewarding ways.

To learn more about the Grammar Women—Grammar Girls Mentoring Program please visit this page.

Our Grammar Women community is certainly an innovative, productive, disciplined, and creative one and we congratulate past student, Dr Alison Todd (1974), who alongside fellow scientist and co-founder of SpeeDx, Dr Elisa Mokany, was recently awarded the 2022 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.

This prestigious award highlights Alison’s significant contribution that she has made to tackling infectious diseases and cancer, as well as the ground-breaking molecular diagnostic technology she has developed. Alison has not only inspired so many women to pursue a career in science and technology, but has mentored, guided, and counselled so many more.

I hope you enjoy the last edition of Bishbar Blue for 2022 and I look forward to seeing many more of you at one of our Grammar Women events in 2023, but in the meantime, I wish you and your family a wonderful festive season and hope you may get your own rush of inspiration as 2022 draws to a close.

Ms Antonia Swindells
Alumnae Relations Manager