Old Collegians' Inspirational Messages

Former Geelong College students Robert Ingpen AM (OGC 1950) and Annie Xin (OGC 2003) have returned to school to share some life lessons with today's students for Founders' Day.

The College celebrates Founders' Day at the start of Term 3 each year to recognise and reflect on our school's long and storied history. We were fortunate to welcome back Robert for the Middle School Founders' Day Assembly and Annie for the Senior School Founders' Day Assembly on Wednesday 18 July.

Robert, a celebrated illustrator, is a long-time supporter of the College who has donated various artworks to the school in recent years. He had the Middle School students spellbound during his address, evoking some powerful imagery as he spoke about the importance of the imagination.

Later at Senior School, Annie spoke about her passion for science and medicine, as well as travel. After graduating from College, she undertook a researched-focused undergraduate science degree with an Honours year at the Australian National University in Canberra, before completing a PhD in molecular immunology and a medical degree. Annie is now a critical care resident who's also studying a part-time diploma in medical statistics and hopes to pursue a career that combines her love of anaesthesia and research.

Annie urged our students to be courageous and curious, and to remember to enjoy life instead of worrying about future plans. She encouraged them to look at challenges and setbacks as opportunities to grow.

Thank you to Robert and Annie for taking the time to visit the College. Our final Founders' Day event will take place next week, when the Junior School students will travel to Senior School for a Founders' Day Chapel Service.

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