Maitland Area School’s annual School Leader’s Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday February 12 in the school’s Performing Arts Centre. Deputy principal Beth Hector and Chairperson of the Governing Council Victoria Johns presented new prefects Lisa Brumfield, Nathan Tucker, Ben Feutrill and Ezra Glazbrook with their prefect pins and ties.
YPC Mayor Ray Agnew then made the secondary school SRC presentations to Jarrod Tucker, Kaylee Short and Tiana Short.
Fiona Hollams, the secretary of the Parents and Friends, made the primary school presentations to Matilda Barrett, Marley Holmes, Molly Rowe, Elizabeth Dodd, Lachlan Johns and Hallie Hendy.
The South Australia Aboriginal Sports Training Academy presentations were made by Coordinator Chelsea Koch to the 17 students from Maitland Area School, Ardrossan Area School, Kadina Memorial School and Moonta Area School.
Several SAASTA students have also been inducted into the Elite AFL and Netball teams.
Presentations were also made to the Vincent Sea-Eagles house captains Lisa Brumfield, Thomas Smart, Macy Poole and Ben Allen, and to the Spencer Sharks house captains Teagan Layne, Ben Rigney, Luke Wheare and Sophie Heinrich.
Guest speaker for the ceremony was class of 1995 old scholar Tessa Colliver.
Tessa spoke eloquently of moving forward when life ‘doesn’t go to plan’ and how hurdles – big and small – can send your life in completely new and often amazing directions.
She talked of her career changes from Public Relations to Fundraising, her being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her desire to ‘just get on with life’, which resulted in jobs in WA and Victoria.
After winning a special MS ‘Go for Gold’ scholarship she used the opportunity to raise awareness of MS in the workplace then moved back to Adelaide to work as a grants writer for Baptist Community Care and the QEH.
MS struck again but Tessa told of learning to drive with hand controls and starting her own Grant Writing Service.
She finished with photos of her 2014 solo round the world trip and spoke of the ‘amazing feeling’ at its completion, despite 20 years of MS.
Her final message to the students was to remember that when ‘life throws you challenges, stay positive and keep moving forward – because sometimes that’s all you can do.’