ACHIEVERS ENCOURAGED: St Ursula's year 12 students Laura Wakeham, Nara Wilkinson and Siobhan Curran display their Awards of Excellence with Gemma Ward.
ACHIEVERS ENCOURAGED: St Ursula's year 12 students Laura Wakeham, Nara Wilkinson and Siobhan Curran display their Awards of Excellence with Gemma Ward. Supplied.

Create goals, says Gemma

“GEMMA has described exactly how she approached her studies as a former year 12 student,” Catherine Dunbar, principal of St Ursula’s College, told August’s academic assembly.

Mrs Dunbar was responding to an address to the college by former student Gemma Ward.

In her address to the students, Gemma, who has completed a Bachelor of Communications (UQ), advised the girls of the importance of setting and achieving academic goals, embracing the richness of experience that St Ursula’s College offered girls and achieving a balanced life, particularly during the senior years.

St Ursula’s College acknowledges and celebrates the academic excellence of its students at dedicated Academic Assemblies at the beginning of each semester. On these occasions, the college assembles as students receive Gold Badges to recognise excellent standards with their studies.

At the recent academic assembly, girls from years 8 to 12 received Gold Badges for displaying academic excellence (A) across the majority of their studies.

Year 11 student Cynthia Butler spoke of her pride in receiving her Gold Badge in front of the college and her family, including her parents and her grandmother, when she said: “Being recognised in front of the college, my friends and family makes me proud.

“Having past students such as Gemma come back and speak is really inspiring and I feel it motivates the girls to continue, to work hard and to achieve the best of their ability.”

Mrs Helen Wakeham, whose year 12 daughter Laura received a Gold Badge, expressed her joy when she said, “It is nice to know that academic achievement is recognised as well as the other aspects of college life.”



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