The Mary Shanahan rscj OAM Scholarship is a new KRB scholarship that was created in 2020 to celebrate Sister Mary Shanahan’s achievement, receiving the award of OAM.
Mary Shanahan rscj OAM has made a significant impact on so many who are connected to KRB and is a highly valued member of our community. This scholarship will be her legacy for the positive impact she has had on so many lives.
This scholarship supports the tuition costs for a day student to attend Kincoppal-Rose Bay School, whose family could not otherwise afford it. The scholarship is awarded to a student entering Year 10 or Year 11 who show a congruence to the values of Kincoppal-Rose Bay School.
The first recipient of the Mary Shanahan Scholarship has been Grace Hardman who is graduating Year 12 this year.
“This scholarship has allowed me to flourish both personally and academically. Being the inaugural recipient has meant so much to me and my family. This has personally been a hard year for me so the opportunity to be mentored by Sr Shanahan has truly been so special. We talked very openly and her wisdom on a magnitude of topics always left me feeling inspired and driven.”
Grace has had many leadership opportunities at KRB including Wellness Leader (Year 7), Social Justice Leader (Year 9) and Peer Support Leader (Year 10); and was also appointed the Head of Social Justice on the Student Leadership Committee for the graduating Class of 2021. Grace also embraced all opportunities available to her at KRB, attending a school trip in India with Antipodeans in Year 10, as well as a role as Eucharistic Minister in the Church in Years 11 and 12.
One of Grace’s greatest achievements at KRB was an event she created and led called KRB Girls Cut Curls. This involved 45 Year 12 students and 3 teachers, who cut over 20cm of their hair to donate to Sustainable Salons to make wigs and raise funds for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Grace raised $40,022 to go towards transforming patient care, funding life-changing research and helping get closer to a future free from cancer.
“KRB Girls Cut Curls for Cancer was undeniably a highlight of mine and an event that was rewarding and personal to me. When I first raised the idea with Sr Shanahan to do this initiative for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (as my mum was treated there), she provided me with confidence and had immense faith in me.”
We are very proud of all Grace’s achievements here at KRB and we are very happy to announce the new recipient of the Scholarship Francesca (Frankie) Gorman-Coates. Frankie comes from Byron Bay and will be entering Year 11 next year on the scholarship.
“I feel honoured to be awarded this scholarship. I feel like the school has put their faith in me to be a representative of everything the community stands for. Values like trying your hardest, joining in and becoming part of something bigger than just yourself.”
Mary Shanahan rscj OAM meets with the recipient on a regular basis mentoring each student personally and academically. Frankie says, “to be guided by Sister Shanahan rscj OAM and hear about her life’s wisdom will be amazing.”
KRB believes that each individual is unique, and our mission is to offer opportunities to allow students to discover their passions, then guide and support each student to reach their full potential. We have seen Grace’s achievements, she has brought so much to the KRB community and we can not wait to see what Frankie will also achieve in her final years at school here at KRB.