Lillie Walker, Class of 2023

When Lillie Walker started at GVGS in 2018 she hit the ground running with her passion for Music and Performing Arts.

Having been involved in almost every School Production and Eisteddfod ensemble held in the six years she’s been at GVGS, as well as receiving the Musical Performance Award the last three years in a row, Lillie’s dedication to her craft is obvious.

“I’ve had singing lessons the whole time I’ve been in high school and I played piano up until the end of Year 11,” she says. “I love singing, it’s something I really enjoy and it feels good to make other people happy.”

This year, Lillie was one of three Music Prefects and played Wednesday in the School’s Senior Production of The Addams Family.

“I loved being a Music Prefect, it’s quite a demanding job, hosting school concerts, being MC at events and organising other school music events throughout the year, but it is a senior leadership position I’ve always wanted, so I make the most of every minute,” she says. “Because of COVID-19, Productions have been scaled back these past few years, so that makes it extra special to have a leading role for my final year and in our first full-scale Production since the pandemic began.”

Throughout her time at GVGS, the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer have always been something Lillie has taken a keen interest in.

“You can find me in the music centre most days because that’s where I like to be, either practicing or taking lessons. I also really enjoy playing sport, I’ve played netball, badminton and soccer over the years,” she says. “I get so much encouragement from the people around me, both students and teachers, to do what I want to do. I feel like I have a lot of opportunities to have a go and try out new things.”

In 2024, Lillie plans on taking a break from studying to focus on her singing. She intends to increase her involvement with the local Dhungala Children’s Choir and is looking forward to taking on a mentor role for the younger choir members.

“After a lot of thought, I’ve decided I’m going to have a gap year after I finish school,” she says. “For the longest time I was set on going straight on and studying music or singing, but I feel ready for a break before the next chapter of my life. I’m going to see where my singing takes me and make the most of every opportunity.”