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Speech Night – Celebrating a year of achievements

As families and special guests entered the auditorium of the Sleeman Sports Complex, they were immediately exposed to the delights and musical talent emanating from the Ormiston College Big Band; a welcoming introduction to an evening of celebration. The 2016 Speech Night presented a wonderful opportunity in which to share the accomplishments of our students.

The Symphonic Band provided the music for the processional entry of the official party, the Headmaster, Mr Brett Webster, the Chairman of the Board, Mr John Miller, members of the Board, the Executive and the teaching staff. The Band then went on to play Advance Australia Fair.

Once seated, the Combined OC Choir took the stage, presenting a magnificent rendition of The Circle of Life. This was aptly followed by the Headmaster’s Welcome, who made several references to ‘the circle of life’ that our students follow as they move from Junior School through to Secondary School and the important steps they take along the way.

The presentation of academic prizes, awarded to students from Year 4 through to Year 12, included interludes of choral and instrumental items by the Chamber Singers and Symphonic Band. The audience was then entertained with a multimedia showing of the ‘2016 Year in Review’.

Our graduating Year 12 students, who will shortly become members of the College Alumni and the Year 6 students, who are graduating from Junior School to become Secondary students, then took to the stage, giving them the opportunity to shake hands and wish each other well in their future pursuits.

The Special Awards were then presented to Junior and Secondary students by sponsors of the College: followed by music from the Chamber Orchestra. The College Captains, Tess Photinos and Ryan Watson then gave their heartfelt addresses on behalf of themselves and the Year 12 cohort.

The Chairman of the Board, Mr John Miller, gave a vote of thanks to the College Captains as well as the Prefects, the student body, teachers, parents and members of the Board, special guests and sponsors of the College. He also passed on his message to our graduating Year 12 students, wishing them every success for their future and prompting them to always keep in touch with their school.

The celebratory evening ended with the school prayer, followed by the departure of the official party with the recessional played by the Symphonic Band. A memorable occasion recognising the 2016 academic, cultural and sporting achievements of students from Ormiston College.

Valerie Warwick
Ormiston College Marketing Department