Binding the Blue—shared stories of resilience and hope

In great disruption lies opportunity—the opportunity to reflect and learn, develop resilience, and support one another. Attributes of selflessness, togetherness and humility are often revealed when communities experience hardship.

It is in this spirit, the School will be sharing the ‘good news stories’ of the BGGS community, from current and past Girls Grammar families, to help maintain a sense of connection as a School community, even while physically distanced, and to provide some positivity in ‘news feeds’ filled with doom and gloom.

We hope these moments of good news bring a smile to us all.

Year 11 design students create PPE for frontline workers

Year 11 students used their design-thinking skills to help medical professionals working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic. Girls were tasked with designing personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions, and using the School’s laser cutters to manufacture the much needed PPE. BGGS alumna, Dr Amy Langford (2004), worked with students via video conference to ensure the masks were appropriate and practical for medical professionals to use when treating patients. This authentic and innovative learning scenario formed the commercial design unit for students studying Design in Term 2.

Year 11 Design students discuss face shield prototypes with BGGS alumna, Dr Amy Langford (2004)

BGGS alumna, Josie Dooley (2017), creates isolation games

As sporting events around the world are postponed or cancelled, Queensland and Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper, Josie Dooley (2017), has used her creative talents to invent the World Isolation Games.

Josie designed the games as a distraction from the mass of coronavirus content, and to provide humour to her online followers.

Reverend Rowena Harris (1978) helps community rebuild after bushfire crisis

Reverend Rowena Harris (1978) has been dubbed a real-life guardian angel by the tight-knit community of Swifts Creek for her help in rebuilding the small town in Victoria’s East Gippsland region.

As a bush chaplain for the High Country district and Swifts Creek resident, Rowena was one of the first on the frontline to help devastated families who lost everything in the fires.

‘When the fires came, I was evacuated to the beach in nearby Mallacoota, and I looked around at the terror and despair, and was determined I would do everything I could to help my community’, she says.

Rowena says small gestures of kindness can make a huge difference and encourages others to look at how they can help their communities during crisis.