7 March 2024

A place for celebration, teamwork and music

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A place for celebration, teamwork and music
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Last week and the week before, the Memorial Great Hall was the focus of two quite different Senior School events.

On Friday 23 February, our Celebration Assembly celebrated academic excellence and inducted our 2024 School Leaders.

Starting with students who completed Year 12 last year, we acknowledged our 2023 12 IB Duces – Luka Best, Charan Sukumar and Brent Yang – and VCE Dux, Chloe Campbell, as well as our other scholars, Year 12 students who achieved ATARs of 99+. Unfortunately, not all were able to join us for the occasion. Among the scholars, a special mention was made of Jada Taylor who achieved an IB perfect score of 45. We also acknowledged students whose artwork was selected for the IB Visual Arts Exhibition – Amelia Andrighetto, Jessica Moon, Laura Thianesyavanh and Yoyo Ye – and students whose work was selected for the VCAA Top Designs Exhibition – Tilly Jones and Amelie Nguyen.

As I commented at the assembly, I’m sure many current students aspire to achieve ATARs of over 99 and I applaud and encourage you, just as I encourage everyone to have goals and applaud all of you who work towards those goals.

Students whose academic performance placed them among the top Year 10, Year 11 IB and Year 11 VCE students last year were also recognised.

The other key component of our Celebration Assembly was the formal induction of our 2024 student leaders – School Captains, Luke Vallely and Zara Woodrup; House Leaders; and Portfolio Leaders for Art and Design, Community Service, CLOSA, Performing Arts Music, Preforming Arts Theatre, Sport and Wellbeing.

Zara and Luke spoke with passion and pride about how much they value our school and how fortunate they feel to be part of such a supportive community and richly resourced school. They also encouraged us all to promote kindness and make the most of our good fortune and all the opportunities at Carey.

Last Tuesday, the MGH was the focal point for the Senior School once again at our House Performing Arts Festival. This was the culmination of a very busy few weeks during which Houses took every opportunity available to create, refine and rehearse their items. These weeks are a wonderful time in Senior School with singing ringing out from many parts of the School during lunch and designated rehearsal times.

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All members of each House contributed to their item which included an opening skit and choreographed song they presented to the School. High levels of energy and enthusiasm were a feature of all performances. Dunshea, Moore and Gadsden were judged the top performers on the day. While some performances were more ambitious and more polished than others, all were performed with gusto. The winning House, Dunshea, took out top place with their performance of ‘We’re All in This Together’ from High School Musical.

Graeme Young
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Learning

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