Posted on 16 November 2017
On arrival in the car park one felt immediately at home surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of students in Ormiston College uniforms accompanied by their families, all heading in the same direction. There was an excited buzz on reaching the theatre doors, which turned to a melodious welcome on entry to the auditorium where pre-entertainment was provided by students of the Big Band. This year the Chandler Theatre welcomed one of its largest audiences.
After the traditional entry of the official party, consisting of the Headmaster, the Chairman and Members of the Board, Executive and Teaching Staff, the Mr Webster gave his welcome.
Entertainment was certainly a highlight throughout the night but the excerpt from this year’s school musical BRING IT ON was received with an enormous applause. Academic presentations were made to the Junior School, followed by performance by the Combined Chorale. Academic presentations were then made to the Middle School prior to a superb performance by OCTAVE, who presented their last ever renditions as a group, prior to graduating from the College. Academic presentations were then made to the Senior School.
The multimedia presentation of The Year in Review has now become an anticipated part of the program. This amusing video was enjoyed by students, staff and parents alike.
A feeling of mixed emotions was experienced by the parents of the Year 6 students when the names of their children were called out, as it signified the end of their Junior School days. An even stronger sense of emotion would have been felt by the parents of the Year 12 students, who were just one week off graduation. As the Year 6 and Year 12 students turned to shake hands, yet another step had been taken on the Ormiston College pathway.
Special awards were then presented to Junior and Secondary students prior to another musical performance by the Symphonic Band.
College Captains, Sarah Naulls and Lance Ash gave individual speeches; both were heartfelt and sincere, making the audience extremely proud of the fine example they had set as leaders of the school. A vote of thanks was then given by John Miller, Chairman of the Board prior to the assembly standing for the school prayer. The Symphonic Band then played the recessional for the official party.
At the end of the event, students joined their parents, many families stopped to chatter and slowly the crowd returned to the busy car park. A wonderful night of celebration and yet another Speech Night in the history of Ormiston College.