From the Interim Principal
What a wonderful week of special events we enjoyed recently! The Years 4 to 12 Speech Night and Awards celebration honoured those students who had met the criteria for an award for academic achievement or for character. The new venue, Riverlife Baptist Church at Seventeen Mile Rocks, proved to be an excellent choice and we will be able to expand the invitation list next year. The return of the Year 12 students to the stage on the night was welcomed by all. Many congratulations to the students on their many efforts and outstanding success. A vast team of staff worked hard to prepare for the event and their efforts are greatly appreciated. Congratulations, too, to the musicians and dancers who provided a very high standard of performance on the night to enhance the atmosphere of celebration. It was also a memorable night for the new student leaders to receive their striped blazers from the departing leaders in a changeover ceremony.
The end of the week most definitely belonged to our graduating Year 12 students. Their Night of Reflection provided a moving opportunity to honour each student for his or her contribution to the College, in the presence of peers, parents and staff. There were also some highly entertaining cinematic experiences devised for the occasion and many memories were shared as well as recorded.
The Valedictory Assembly provided an opportunity for the Year 12s to be farewelled by the secondary students as well as their Prep “buddies,” who were special guests on the day. One farewell speech, by Prep student Spenser Wordon, was particularly well-received! College Captains Daniel Nguyen and Jasmine Jackson spoke most eloquently about their years at TSAC and their great affection for the College was evident. We thank them and the other leaders for their strong contribution to the culture and social fabric of this place, over this as well as past years.
The graduating students were saluted by a “snake” of the younger secondary students, reminiscent of the “snake” ceremony back on the Primary Campus and were sent on their way after a final roll call and, of course, a celebratory cake. We wish them all well and remind them that they will forever be welcome to return to this place as Old Collegians.
This College is rich in tradition and story and it is wonderful to see how much it means to so many of the students who pass through its gates.