I would like to publicly thank everyone who assisted at our Celebration Evening last Wednesday 18 October at The Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University. I have had much wonderfully positive feedback from many members of our audience who confirm that it was a wonderful celebration of the 2017 school year. Our aim, as always, is to enable a large number of students to display their talents and perform on stage. We had a true recipe for success – our multi-talented students, our wonderful staff and a warm and appreciative audience. What a winning combination, and what a night it was!
There are many staff who I would like to thank for bringing the program to its culmination and I hope I can be forgiven for singling out some in particular who assisted so much in putting together a Celebration Evening that we hoped would entertain with its variety: Mrs Alison Bezaire and her team of Music staff for their direction of all of the musical elements; Ms Patrizia Jakovljevic and Mr Vince Di Mitrio for their direction of the Hairspray excerpts; Ms Nicole Morphett for her direction of the movement of Year 12 students across the stage; Ms Lou Devoy for her phenomenal Stage Management skills; and, Mr Matt Collens for his visuals which entertained our audience through our many stage changes. Then I come to the real stars of the evening – all of our students, whether they performed in: the Massed Singing item featuring a selection from “Les Miserables”; the School Musical excerpts, from Hairspray the Year 8 Taiko drums item or in our orchestral items. Another highlight that many parents have commented on, was the heartfelt speeches given by our two outstanding School Captains, Sienna Gerin and Angus Maynard. These two impressive young leaders are a true testimony to the outstanding and continuing success of Tintern Grammar.
Our Celebration Evening is not only about Year 12 – we aim to celebrate everything that our students do throughout the year. I congratulate all of our students for their participation and the credit they have brought to our wonderful School. For our Year 12s, Celebration Evening is very special, being the last one they can celebrate, and I would like to congratulate all of our Year 12s, not only for a typically calm and enjoyable end to their academic year, but also for their own level of participation in the evening. The entire School community wishes you well for your future endeavours. Similarly, I congratulate our Year 12 students for their participation in the final Boys’ and Girls’ Assemblies and our Valedictory Service, which was held yesterday in the CM Wood Centre with a large number of Year 12 parents attending, as well as all students from ELC to Year 11 present to farewell them.
I know our Year 12s, their parents and many staff will thoroughly enjoy the Valedictory Dinner to be held at Leonda on the Yarra on Friday 24 November – what a fabulous venue and what a wonderful way this will prove to be to celebrate the end of this year’s Year 12 examinations.
With kind regards to all members of the Tintern Grammar Community,