Awards, outstanding achievements and excellence in academic, sport, music and artistic endeavour were all celebrated on 11 October in front of a near capacity crowd at Robert Blackwood Hall for 2018 Presentation Night.
Families and students from Years 5 to 12, joined staff and special guests to salute the accomplishments and the outstanding individuals of 2018, with our theme - Believe, Exceed, Succeed Together - and enjoyed stand out performances from our combined choirs and strings and the senior orchestra.
Year 12 student, Ashlea McNamara, who took out the prestigious Eileen Hunter Award– nominated by teachers – for the student who has exhibited excellent personal leadership, academic success and community awareness throughout their entire secondary school journey, was one of more than 120 prize winners on the night.
General excellence, citizenship, academic honours and the coveted Musician of the Year – awarded to Music Captain Jessica Leigh, were awarded across all year levels.
In honour of our Enterprise Academy and Enterprise education across the curriculum two special awards were given - Entrepreneur of the Year, Kayla Preller and our Emerging Entrepreneur Emily Tinker for her work with BeeSustainable Eco Food Wraps.
Overseas student Doris Liu was awarded an incredible 5 top prizes for her Unit 3 and Unit 4 work in Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Physics, English as an Additional Language and the overall OIDA Consulting Prize for Mathematics.
Some of our youngest award winners where Year 5’s Harriet Blaich and Annabelle Phillips who were awarded the Old Girls’ Citizenship Award and Polly Dionyssopooulos and Sarah Van Heerden who took home the Parents’ Association award for Endeavour.
In a tribute to our Founders, Murray Thompson MP, grandson of Ethel Simpson, one of the Simpson sisters who, together with their mother founded our school back in 1899 - joined in the night of celebration.
“This year we have empowered our students to make better world…believing that they can do that in ways that haven’t been done before,” Principal Fran Reddan told the packed auditorium.
"President Barak Obama once said: ‘In the end, children succeed because somewhere along the way, a parent or teacher instils in them the belief that they can. That they're able to. That they're worth it."
"There are already so many people in our community who care: our terrific teachers and staff, you as parents and supporters, our re-invigorated School Council with Mr Jesco d’Alquen as President, our Foundation with Ms Janelle Donnelly as Chairman, and our committees of Council, of Old Girls, the Parents’ Association, and our broader community of supporters and sponsors – we are blessed to have you!"