Last Tuesday night, 6 March, we held a celebration of our highest achieving academic Residents from 2017. We also welcomed Her Excellency Menna Rawlings who is the British High Commissioner to Australia. Her Excellency gave our Residents an account of her experiences working in diplomacy over the last 20 years.
Residents who achieved an average GPA of 6 or higher throughout 2017 were presented with an academic achievement medal by our Head of College Steve Foley:
Residents who scored the highest GPA in their faculty were presented with a shield and some money from Professor Aidan Byrne, Acting Vice Chancellor for the dinner:
Several College prizes were awarded to those residents who got the highest overall GPAs.
The JH Baxter Prize is awarded to the most successful academic Resident in first year. In 2017 we were lucky enough to have three Residents who all scored a GPA of 6.875 and were in their first year:
The McKenna Prize is awarded to the most successful academic Resident among all the other years. In 2017 we were lucky enough to have two Residents who had perfect 7.0 GPAs:
They were awarded shields and some money by our special guest Her Excellency Menna Rawlings.
The final award of the night went to Daniel O’Sullivan. He won the Blessed Edmund Rice prize which is awarded to a Leonian who gives of his time and his self, often in a service setting.
After dinner Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG, British High Commisioner to Australia talked about her extensive experience in a wide range of diplomatic service roles.
She was mostly recently a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Management Board as HR Director. This followed postings to Washington DC, Ghana, Israel, Kenya and Brussels. In London, she has served as Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary as well as in Press Office and the Africa and EU Directorates.
Her Excellency argued that feminism is actually a win for both men and women. This, no doubt, stimulated much debate around the blocks after dinner!
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Stay safe, enjoy the break and we look forward to welcoming our new residents next year!