Canberra Girls Grammar School has commissioned Anna Owen as its new principal, the 15th in a long line of trusted education professionals dating back to 1926.
Bishop Mark Short of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn officially commissioned Mrs Owen at St Paul's Anglican Church on Friday, May 10.
Mrs Owen believes there is a bright future for the school and honoured her predecessors on the day saying,
"We never forget those people, places and organisations that shape us and this school is one such place," Mrs Owen said.
"It shapes and is shaped by those who attend as students, but equally shapes and is shaped by those who accept the call to engage.
"I accept humbly, and with great depth of feeling, the invitation to join the Canberra Girls Grammar School community as the 15th principal."
With a belief in the importance of educating girls and young women, Mrs Owen is privileged to be able to seize this opportunity at such a unique time in the school's history.
"Our purpose is to educate girls," she said.
"Our intent is to develop young women that are able to articulate what it is to be well-educated, who understand the great responsibility of receiving a great education and who insist on living ethically and purposefully."
"A good friend of mine put the role of schools such as ours best, her name is Loren Bridge, and she said, 'Simply put, every aspect of a girls' school is tailored to girls and how they learn, without competition and social pressure from boys, and this is enormously empowering for girls'."
Mrs Owen takes the reigns of a historical vision of core beliefs focused on delivering education, compassion and kindness, security and inclusivity, dignity and respect.
"We do reflect and we reflect with pride, but equally with hope and confidence in the future," Mrs Owen said.
"I am committed to honouring our Anglican and service-minded foundational values, our wholesome untainted history, our purposeful past and will not tread on the past to get to the future, but look ahead and guide our school through the future opportunities and challenges because I know who we are, and we never forget where we came from."
Visit www.cggs.act.edu.au to find out more as 2019/20 enrolment commences.