Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
On 7 February 2012, General Peter John Cosgrove, AC, MC, Old Boy of Waverley College, was invested by His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, AC, Archbishop of Sydney, as a Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of St Gregory the Great (KGCSG).
The Order of St Gregory the Great is one of the Pontifical Orders of Knighthood, and was established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831. The Order consists of three classes, of which Knight of the Grand Cross is the highest.
This honour was a recognition by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI of Peter Cosgrove's achievements as one of Australia's outstanding Catholic laymen.
Peter Cosgrove is a frequent special guest at Cadet events, held by the century-old Waverley College Cadet Corp, which provides outdoor adventure, leadership development, military and first aid training.
“As a former student of Waverley College, General Peter Cosgrove is an excellent role model for our students and we’re delighted to be able to take this opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments,” said Headmaster of Waverley College, Ray Paxton.
“He demonstrates the value of our belief that success is not measured solely by academic grades and rather by a full and meaningful education, with a focus on cultivating qualities such as courage, respect, wisdom and empathy.”

Peter Cosgrove became well known in 1999 when he led the international peacekeeping mission to East Timor, which resulted in its independence. Additionally, as Chief of the Army (2000-2002) and subsequently as Chief of the Defence Force (2002-2005), Peter Cosgrove was a role model and exemplar for members of Australia's armed services. 
He was reported as being ever conscious of the religious welfare of those under his command, and was closely involved in the deployment of Catholic chaplains on military operations in which Australian forces participated.
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Peter John Cosgrove

In 2001, while Chief of the Army, Peter Cosgrove received the Australian of the Year award, being the only Catholic upon whom that accolade has ever been bestowed. After his retirement from the military and since 2010, Peter Cosgrove has held the office of Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.
He has been the recipient of military and civil honours from Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Singapore, France and Portugal.
The Papal Knighthood recently conferred upon Peter Cosgrove reflects lustre upon Waverley College, of which he is a most distinguished and very loyal alumnus.
Phoebe Netto, Good Business Consulting
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Waverley College

Waverley College is an independent, non-selective Catholic day school for boys with over 100 years’ history as a school that liberates the potential of students from all backgrounds in its Pre-School, Junior School and Senior School. It is considered to be one of Sydney’s most sought after schools because of its extensive history and strong academic and sporting record that is maintained year after year.
Over the years the College has produced a number of highly successful politicians, artists, musicians, athletes, journalists, academics, soldiers and professionals.
Waverley College is committed to reaching out to people in need, demonstrating compassion and challenging negative thinking. The College boasts an outstanding social justice program.


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