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Excitement was in the air in the Somerset Sports Centre today as students from Prep to Year 12, plus teaching staff and the parents and families of our Year 12 cohort, gathered to farewell the Seniors of 2018.

After a welcome by the Headmaster, the College Captains, Sam Meaney and Brittany Bell gave their final speech to the school assembly. Both Sam and Brittany delivered speeches which highlighted the bond which existed between this year’s graduates. Sam commented, “It is always tough to say goodbye; let alone goodbye to a home. The College was our home. It was the place many of us learnt the alphabet or the place where we would create architectural master strokes in the kindergarten sand pit; but for all of us it was the home of our friendship. The home of our Family.” Brittany remarked, “The thing that makes the graduates of 2018 so special is the ability we have to work cohesively as a team. One big family.”

The Captains’ speeches were followed by the Deputy Head of College, Mrs Lee Catterall, inviting Prep students to present a special gift to the Year 12 students. In response, the graduating cohort presented their departing gift to the College.

The traditional ceremony covering the Transfer of the Mantle of Leadership followed with the Year 12 students conferring leadership upon the students of Year 11 (the Seniors of 2019) in the areas of Academic Learning, Cultural Involvement, Community Spirit, Social Justice and the Roles and Responsibilities of Leadership.

The Head of Senior School, Mr Paul Hornibrook, then invited the Year 6 to Year 11 students to form the Guard of Honour through which the Year 12 students could depart, led by the Medallion students who were accompanied by a Prep student. The procession of graduating students through the Guard of Honour was met with the sound of rousing farewell applause.

This was followed by a more intimate Graduation and Valedictory Ceremony in the Lingo Lin Performing Arts Theatre for the Year 12s and their families. After a few words from the Headmaster, graduating students Annaliese Hui, Jason Bretz, Amy Clift and Harry McTigue were invited onto the stage to reflect on their time at Ormiston College.

This was followed by votes of thanks to parents, coaches, mentors, teachers and friends by graduating students Alexandra Stennett, Ben Stone, Maddison Kahler and Jamie Scott.

In addition, during the ceremony there was a response from Year 12 Coordinator, Ms Sarndra Bown, on behalf of the teachers; and Mrs Angela Meaney on behalf of the parents.

A welcome to the OC Alumni by Courtney Allan (2004) concluded the speeches before the cutting of the graduation cake. This was followed by a multi-media presentation which culminated with the Seniors of 2018 proceeding out of the theatre for one last time.

We farewell the Class of 2018 and thank them for the wonderful contribution they made as Seniors of the College. We wish them health, happiness and success in the next step of their journey.