Principal’s Welcome

Our Annual Art and Design Show was a spectacle of student works from Year 3 to Year 12 and showcased the HSC Visual Art and Design and Technology major works. Under the direction of Ms Poiner, the works ranged from drawing, painting, photography, sculpting, jewellery, lamp shades, animation, technological designs, wearable designs and so much more. It’s always a highlight of our College calendar.

The show was opened by College Graduate, Emma Watkins (aka Yellow Wiggle), who spoke of the early days of her art and photographic-making happening in our studios. Her words were inspirational to the current students, urging them to believe anything is possible if they are open to opportunities and embrace every opportunity.

Emma Watkins


Our performance highlight of the year is always our High Performance Season culminating in Starburst, Junior Showcase, Senior Showcase, DANCE+, and Premier State Ballet’s Cinderella.

Each performance had moments of pure magic where our students were able to entertain us with their talents, skills, passion, and their joy of performance. From our youngest students through to those now performing at a semi-professional level, the quality and technical prowess was obvious. The quality of some of the performances by our senior students was outstanding and could easily be translated to any professional performance platform. I congratulate the students, their families and the staff for you are all a team and each player is crucial to the outcome.


I would like to congratulate our Head of Acting, Peter Eyers, who has accepted the position of Head of Drama at SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, and will leave us at the end of the year. Peter began with the College in 2005 and has been an integral part of the development and success of the Acting Department for the last 13 years. We will all have time to formally congratulate him in Term 4.

Senior Acting Ensemble with Mr Peter Eyers

Mr Simon Bryan has decided to retire as Head of I.T. He has seen many changes in I.T. over the 10 years since he joined our staff and we wish him every happiness and time to explore the waterways of the world.


Our Under 14 years Lyrical Group who were crowned the recipients of the Jury Award at the Dance of Champions of the Sydney Eisteddfod. This is an amazing accolade for Rae Edds Gibson and the students.

Sydney Eisteddfod’s Dance of Champions


Ali Kitinas (Year 11) was the National Winner of the Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition. These are amazing results for a class led by their very passionate and determined teacher, Mrs Sashi Prasad. What a great team. In addition to holding the place of National Winner, we would also like to acknowledge the following students who received monetary awards in the same competition:

  • Arka Ganguly
  • Laneikka Denne
  • Kieran Shaw
  • Leo Belz
  • Anthony Garcia
  • Jessica Boyle (Certificate)
  • Jag Mishchuk (Certificate)

Toby Taylor. Photo: Maxwell Photography


Our Junior School students achieved amazing results in the recent ICAS competitions:

  • Daniel Harris (Year 6) – High Distinction in Writing and Distinction in Spelling
  • Cooper Elbourn (Year 6) – Distinction in Writing
  • Eva Bukovsky (Year 5) – Distinction in Writing
  • Evan Luc-Tran (Year 5) – Distinction in Spelling
  • Toby Taylor (Year 5) – Distinction in Digital Technologies

Congratulations to the other students who achieved merit and credit certificates.


Five students from Year 10 – Zayli Hill, Kristen Hockley, Lucia Lara, Elana Nasr and Kiara Outschoom were the National Winners of the bfilmed competition run by bstreetsmart. The girls created the heart-wrenching winning film on their mobile phones, and in doing so, won $1,500 for the College. More on this story later in Spectrum.

Jordan Micallef. Photo: Maxwell Photography

Ballet Congratulations

Our ballet students continue the tradition of excellence at the College. Congratulations to our senior students who have been offered place in numerous international finishing schools:

  • Jessica Boyle (Year 11) – The Harid Conservatory in Florida US
  • Jessica Vongphachan (Year 12) – Alvin Ailey School in New York
  • Laura Oakley (Year 11) – Bolshoi Ballet Academy
  • Breigh-Ellen Penman (Year 10) – Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Jordan Micallef in Year 10 has received multiple offers including the Australian Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet Academy, English National Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy. Celine Urquart, also in Year 10, received a place at the Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich.

At the beginning of October our young ballet students will perform with the Imperial Russian Ballet in their Sydney season of Sleeping Beauty. This is another unforgettable experience these young dancers will recall for the rest of their lives. Thank you to Ali Marcy for accepting the responsibility of training the students.


Tianjin International Children’s Culture & Art Festival

Twenty one Year 7 – 9 students and three staff (including myself) had the pleasure of participating in the Tianjin Youth Festival in China at the beginning of this term. The weather was extremely hot and humid, but this did not stop the students from performing to perfection and being wonderful ambassadors for the College and indeed for Australia. Apart from the odd cough and a small accident, the students were a joy to travel with and their families should be proud of them.

We landed in Beijing and did sight-seeing for several days visiting the Summer Palace, Forgotten City and more then caught the Bullet Train to Tianjin for the youth festival. With over 2,000 children from around the globe participating, our students made many new friends. Our trip finished with a day in Hong Kong, Disneyland. You can read more about the trip in our China Tour Diary.

In my last congratulatory mention, I would like to include our Guide Dog puppy, Inky, who has been successful in graduating from our Boarding House into the Guide Dog Training program. She has been a wonderful addition to our school and we will miss her.


Maxine Kohler, MEd