Journalist Catherine Armitage returns to PLC Armidale

BACK TO SCHOOL: Fairfax journalist and former PLC student Catherine Armitage is returning to PLC to speak at its speech day.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Fairfax journalist and former PLC student Catherine Armitage is returning to PLC to speak at its speech day.

Highly acclaimed international journalist Catherine Armitage, returns to PLC Armidale on Wednesday December 7, to share her career highlights, experiences and words of wisdom with the audience of students, staff and parents at the College’s Annual Speech Day.

The 1979 graduate from PLC returns to her ‘Alma Mater’ with a very impressive resume. She is currently ideas and innovation writer, and an editorial writer at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Catherine has won multiple awards for her work across a wide range of topics including business, science, higher education, social issues, education and legal affairs.

She has been a business writer, feature writer and science writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian newspaper’s first higher education correspondent, its China correspondent, based in Beijing for four years, and its higher education editor.

“Living away from Armidale I've not been back to the school often but I have been pleased to observe its progress and expansion over the years, not just in terms of facilities but also of programs and opportunities for students,” Catherine said. 

She said she kept in touch with her year group, which has held regular reunions over the years.

“I have happy memories of freezing mornings on the hockey fields, of being driven around the district to compete in debating by the enthusiastic and energetic science teacher Narelle Morse, of the close friendships in our unusually close year group which have proven to be lifelong, and of course of the care and close attention of dedicated teachers.”

Principal Nicola Taylor said PLC was honoured to welcome their esteemed Old Girl to its annual speech day.

“Catherine Armitage certainly has had an illustrious career and an inspirational story to share,” Mrs Taylor, said. 

Catherine Armitage certainly has had an illustrious career and an inspirational story to share. - Nicola Taylor, PLC Armidale principal

PLC Armidale’s Speech Day and annual prize-giving will be held on Wednesday, December 7 commencing at 9am in the College’s Astra Arts Centre.

It will be followed by one of the most highly anticipated and memorable events on the school calendar on Thursday, when he Guild Drama, commences at 12.15pm in the College gymnasium, the Dorothy Knox Centre.

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