Presentation Night 2013 on Tuesday December 10 was standing room only with the Performing Arts Centre filled to capacity and beyond. The audience was entertained in the lead up to the opening by the MAS Concert Band performing a selection of songs from their 2013 repertoire.
At 7pm Year 11 student Brooke Smith made the Acknowledgement of Country and the Festival Choir and Concert Band gave stirring performances. Principal Andrew Gravestocks spoke of the past year and highlighted some of the many events, opportunities and achievements of our school, from interstate and international travel, to growth in test results, reduction in behaviour management and the growing sense of community and desire to excel. He farewelled a number of staff, highlighting the extensive careers of primary teachers Kaye McCauley and Jackie Norman, both of whom retire this year.
Victoria Johns, Chairperson of the Governing Council, built on these themes then presented SSO Julie Bagshaw with the Rowan Ramsey Award for her work with the school's Ag program.
Secondary Coordinator Leigh Rothe presented the ADF Long tan Awards for community, leadership and achievement to three recipients.
Primary Coordinator Tim Tuck then thanked primary staff for their work during the year and also spoke highly of Jackie Norman and Kaye McCauely's contributions to the school over the past years.
There were several new awards this year including Numeracy Coach Awards (presented by Steve Hayes) and the Elders Maths Challenge awards. Of special note was the Mentoring award presented to Maddie Greenslade for her work with younger classes and Ben Smart who won both the Lions Primary School All-rounder award and the Colin L Fahey Primary School Award.
Primary heads Olivia Dyett and Ben Smart gave their reports of the primary perspective of the school year. The 'Year in review' video was well received and again highlighted the incredible depth of activities our students can involve themselves in.
Leigh Rothe then presented the secondary awards, drawing attention to the tie for 'Outstanding Scholarship' in Year 11 by Beatrice Carroll and Pria Sandercock. Also of note was Jessee Lawler's Apex service award and Wardle Agricultural Award, Bradley Robinson's VET Agricultural Award and RC McKnight Memorial Award for Technology, Lisa Brumfiield's Yorke Valley Masonic Lodge Scholarship and Murray Computers Prize and Niki Alford taking out three awards: the VET Achievement Award, the Carpe Diem Award and the MAIDEC Award.
Head Prefect Liam Thacher also won his fair share of awards: The Colin L Fahey Award, the Harvey Charlesworth Memorial Award for English and the Andrew B Thiele & Co Award for Service and Leadership.
Kathryn Atkins returned to receive her Principal's Dux prize for 2012.
After a presentation to Debbie Schwartz from band member Amy Nankivell, Mr Rothe welcomed our nine Year 12 students onto the stage, talked of their achievements this year and gave out their School leaver Statements.
Liam Thatcher had the honour of the final-address and he spoke eloquently about the demands of Year 12 and some of his learning strategies and gave advice to next year's senior students.
The night finished at 8:40pm with many of the audience staying much longer to congratulate staff and students and reminisce about previous years.