Class of 2019 – Georgina Cottrill
Georgina Cottrill, Co-Captain of the Class of 2019 has been an extremely active participant in the co-curricular activities available to her and the House activities during her time at St Catherine’s.
A talented debater and public speaker, Georgina mentored junior students for the Debaters Association of Victoria, represented St Catherine’s in competition at Bond University, and was rewarded with a Light Blue Award for Performance while in the St Catherine’s A-Grade team.
Combining her skill set in Public Speaking, her strong sense of social justice, a fervent empathy for others, and interest in the humanities – Georgina is considering her Bachelor’s degree in either Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), the Arts, or International Relations at either Monash University or the Australian National University.
On the impact of her teachers, Georgina says “Prior to St Catherine’s I was quite a shy person; the idea of public speaking, engaging significantly in discussions and involving myself in optional activities were very daunting. And while I can’t pinpoint when this began to change, I can reflect back and see a clear increase in confidence, determination and self-esteem. The teachers throughout my time at St Catherine’s have been so instrumental to this, their patience and dedication toward every girl is what makes this School so unique.”
Alongside an impressive commitment to the academic program which saw her earn a Dark Blue Award for Academic Excellence, Georgina has competed in several sporting events, devised and taught choreography as the Holmes Kilbride Dance Co-Captain, and was an excellent role model while leading St Catherine’s as Co-Captain in 2019, implementing several initiatives during her captaincy.
Embracing all elements of life at St Catherine’s, Georgina reflects on her education with a holistic perspective, “I have learnt so many lessons during my time at St Catherine’s, which have been fundamental in shaping me into who I have become. The incredible teachers have taught me the values of kindness (not only to others but also yourself), persistence (particularly in areas I struggle in, i.e. maths!), and the importance of education as a holistic picture in creating people and the guided pursuit of passions and critical thinking, rather than a number or a score”.
We wish you all the very best for your future endeavours Georgina, and look forward to seeing your impact continually unfold.