Today we celebrated the successes of Waverley College Years 5-11 students at our annual live-streamed Presentation Days in the Brother Lacey Gymnasium. On days like this, we pause to acknowledge the efforts, talents, gifts and achievements of selected students who have made remarkable gains during their 2023 learning journey. It was rewarding to see our well-deserved Junior and Senior School students receive their awards in the presence of their peers, parents, carers, teachers and support staff. We are all very proud of you.
Our expressive MCs, Constantine Iatrou and Lachlan Hoy, set a professional, animated tone and carried our Presentation Days with eloquence from start to finish. In terms of entertainment, we were spoilt for choice. Thank you to our ever-talented Junior School Cantores singers and the confident Waterford Concert Band that performed ‘Ghosts in the Graveyard’ by Scott Watson.
We acknowledge each and every one of our Senior School students who also provided captivating performances. Drama student Oscar Wilson (Year 10) provided a moving monologue from the three-act play All Our Sons (Arthur Miller, 1946) and the Year 7 Rock Band’s electrifying rendition of ‘Vertigo’ by U2 featured Oliver Bailey-O’Reilly, Daniel Murphy, Lachlan Crease, Larsen Johnston, James Fanning and Vinny Kapos.
Lieme Chan (piano), Alex Tarasov (violin) and Cameron Vincent Hull (clarinet) presented ‘Romanian Folk Dances’, a suite of six short piano pieces composed by Béla Bartók in 1915. Movements 1, 2, 4 and 5 were exquisitely performed.
The 2024 European Tour Band’s closing presentation of soundtrack music from Pixar Animation Studios, complete with animation on the big screens, was certainly something to remember.
Students, we appreciate your many hours practicing, learning and perfecting all of these pieces for our enjoyment. We also recognise the time and energy that College staff and your families have devoted to helping you get there.
Many staff have diligently worked behind the scenes to make special days like this possible. We hope you took something memorable from our Presentation Days today, whether you were there in person or experiencing them remotely.
As 2023 draws to a close, this day gives me the opportunity to genuinely reflect on everyone who has given back. I wholeheartedly thank each of our committed educators and support staff for an especially energetic 120th year of teaching, learning and growing. I thank our innovative Parents’ Association and our active Old Boy network. Our collective successes were celebrated in technicolour this year and will long be remembered.
Here’s to Virtus Sola Nobilitat and the next 120 years!
I wish you all a safe, happy and holy Christmas.
Congratulations to our Award Winners
Gold Award Winners Draw
Years 5-8 Presentation: to be eligible for this draw, students had to receive a Major Award in Years 5 and 6 and a Gold Award during the year in Years 7 and 8.
Years 9-12 Presentation: to be eligible for this draw, students had to receive a Gold Award during the year in Years 9 to 11.
- Year 5 – Joseph Roy and Tom Johnston
- Year 6 – James Draper and James Ganson
- Year 7 – Jack Ballinger and Jack Stuart
- Year 8 – Dylan Jones and Archie Bowcock
- Year 9 – Angus Peshos and Max Mackenzie
- Year 10 – Archie Williams and James Peate.