From the Head of Senior School

The Debutante Balls

The Senior School presented two magnificent Debutante Balls last weekend. On both nights, thirty seven couples were introduced and danced their practised routines in front of five hundred people. Guests travelled great distances and it was fantastic to meet so many grandparents. A true family event.

The gymnasium was transformed into a reception centre of the highest standard by our “Major Events team”. They worked very hard led by Andrew Dunlop to ensure all who attended felt they were in a sensational venue.

One of the great aspects of the Debutante Balls is to have the Flower girls and Page boys. They come from our Bellarine Campus and Junior School respectively, and set the scene for all. This year we had Sophie Morrish and Spencer Cormack from the Bellarine campus and Maggie Bourke and Jayden Chan from our Junior School. They all attended the rehearsals and played a significant role in the evening.

On both nights, two debutantes are asked to present a speech on behalf of their fellow debutantes. On the Friday evening Tess O’Neil and Seth Farrar spoke well about their journey at our College and the importance of the evening to both and their family and friends. On the Saturday evening Taylor Morrison and James Meddings both presented speeches that were personal and inspiring. Their faith came out, as did their gratitude to our College.  We are so blessed to have such excellent students in our midst.

These events are the result of much hard work and the Debutante Balls were once again led by the professional and talented Mrs Dianne Martin. Her attention to detail and ability to please all, was paramount to the success of the two events. We are very privileged to have Di leading our Debutante Balls as she has done for so many years.

The Year 11 Co-ordinators in Mandy Calderwood and Georgia Thompson deserve high praise as well. Their attendance at, and involvement in, the rehearsals was the reason the dancing was of the highest standard. They both were the right and left hand for Di in preparing the students and any other tasks that needed to be done. Thank you both for your commitment.

Over the two evenings we had just over one thousand people attend and this fell to the incredible talents of Elaine Pearson and Cathy Brew to organise. Collecting money and sorting the tables were exhausting jobs that had to be completed with attention to detail as well as satisfying all requests. Solving the Rubik cube comes to mind! Two thirds of the Year 11 cohort participated in the Debutante Balls.  This says in volumes, that this event is significant to them and their family and guests.


Star Search Contest

The Highton Rotary Star Search was held last Saturday evening. Nicholas Hinks won the vocal section and was the overall winner of the event. This is a magnificent effort from this extremely talented young man. His ability to sing and entertain is exceptional.

Harrison Steele-Holmes came second in the instrumental section which is a great achievement. Our College has enjoyed the talents of these two fine musicians on many occasions and their success would not come as a surprise. The Music Department has been able to develop their natural talent to achieve such triumphs.

Well done Nicholas and Harrison.


Examinations - Year 10 and 11

The Year 11 examinations commenced on Wednesday and it was very good to see the students preparing diligently for them. The examinations are important and allows the teacher and student to assess the progressive learning. At their conclusion there will be feedback so that the students will learn of which areas they may improve.

The Year 10 examinations are on Thursday 14 June in both English and Maths.


Queen’s Birthday Weekend 

A reminder that the College is closed on Monday 11 June for the Queen’s Birthday holiday.   We wish all families a restful break.


Mr Graeme Dent

Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds


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