It has been another turbulent start to the academic year—punctuated by the ongoing impacts of COVID and the devastating floods in Queensland and NSW. I know many Grammar Women have been affected, either firsthand or through their support for others, and I hope you are taking care.
This year, Grammar girls—along with their peers across the state—started the academic year remotely as COVID cases increased across Queensland. I am always inspired by the resilience of our students and there have been many moments of joy throughout Term 1, including girls once again being able to enjoy the Marrapatta Outdoor Education program. I know many of our alumnae will remember fondly the vast beauty of the Imbil campus, and those important opportunities to bond, to expand one’s horizons, and quite simply, to have fun outside. As the photos of Year 8 students at camp earlier this term show, Marrapatta remains an idyllic location for Grammar girls to enjoy these opportunities.
We were very pleased to host the School’s Foundation Day Assembly in person this term, with a wonderful address from Grammar Woman, Dr Melissa Cowlishaw (1998), who spoke passionately about climate change and her work as a Marine Scientist. Our students are very environmentally conscious, and I know Dr Cowlishaw’s speech—which touched on the rapid decline of the marine environment—was strongly valued by students.
We look forward to reunions and other events for Grammar Women, which have been planned for later in the year, being possible once again.
I hope you and your family enjoy the Easter break and take time to restore and connect with loved ones.
Ms Jacinda Euler