Year 12 students began the year formally at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, with their annual VCE Jumper and Award Presentation evening last Wednesday.
Brendan Sydes, principal solicitor with the Environment Defenders Office (Victoria), a community legal centre specialising in environmental law and a former Galen student, as special guest speaker delivered an engaging speech. He impressed upon the students the importance of persistent hard work, the challenge of juggling many interests and the value of prioritizing these during the year and to appreciate the wonderfully fertile and nourishing community that Galen College provides. He also emphasised that the majority of people across the world still don’t access education.
Students were encouraged to focus on the importance of supporting one another on their journey throughout the year.
Prior to the presentation of the jumpers, the VCE academic awards for 2012 were presented, including Dux for 2012, Lara Seeger.
Additionally two other students were recognized for their achievements. Ruth Luxford and Ben Seager received awards from Latrobe University for academic performance and contribution to the school community.
Principal Bernard Neal, in his speech, observed a sense of optimism within this year’s group and a determination to make their mark and to work collaboratively.
College Captains for 2013, were also officially announced. Successful candidates Bridie Naughtin and Andrew Mair were both very pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to represent Galen as student leaders this year.
The start to the year has been terrific. Students have been keen to embrace their studies and participated enthusiastically in the retreats held last week.
Year 12 VCAL have elected Jedd Sirianni to be a leader and he will join Andrew Mair, Bridie Naughtin, Jonathon Panozzo, Tess Rowland, Zoe Levesque, Michael Raleigh, and Nick Dellicastelli to form the student leadership group for Year 12.
Congratulations to the Year 11 student leaders for 2013:
Matt Spence, Annie Brien, Bedelia Flanagan, Madeline Schmidt, Ben Talarico, Hannah McLeod, Ruby Gardner-Russell, Sarah Cunningham, Lachlan McKellar Melinda Suter and Robert Speziale. Laurie Burt and the Senior School Executive are looking forward to working with this team of enthusiastic students.
Shortly Year 11 students will be receiving details about the upcoming Driver Education Camp conducted in Shepparton. It is important that the forms associated with this activity are completed and returned to school promptly please.
Mick Grogan – Senior School Director