The friendships formed at secondary school can be life-long and the College supports healthy social relationships between students, and their sense of connectedness to school life, through a range of annual events on its calendar. In addition to sport, a number of activities are available for students to participate in at lunchtime, such a games in the Library, film screenings in the SPAC and ‘staff vs student’ competitions.
NAIDOC Week and Harmony Day
The College ends Term Three each year with its observance of NAIDOC Week and Harmony Day. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. NAIDOC Week is a time when our College celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our College and wider community. We encourage all our students to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the College during NAIDOC Week, which in the past have included smoking ceremonies, guest speakers, indigenous artists, musicians, sporting activities, film screenings and theatre productions.
Harmony Day is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racism and is an opportunity for our College community to state that we reject discrimination in all forms and that we accept and value the diversity that enriches our society. Students and staff wear orange ribbons as a symbol of their belief in equality for all and are able to participate in a range of activities and workshops to celebrate the multicultural influences Australia enjoys. Harmony Day culminates in a lunchtime festival on the last day of Term Three. The College’s central courtyard comes alive with international food vendors, musicians, face-painters and performers, and the relaxed atmosphere has led many students describe this event as the highlight of the College calendar.
Year 10 Formal
Each year during Term Three the College hosts the Year 10 Formal at a local venue. Students enjoy the opportunity to dress up and spend time as a year group talking, eating, dancing, posing for photos and generally having fun. The College’s Principals, Year Level Co-ordinators and subject teachers also attend, providing valuable time for staff and students to be together in a relaxed setting. The Year 10 Formal is a highlight of the year for these students and an event where many happy memories are made.
During Term Three each year the College hosts two Presentation Balls. Female students who are interested in participating find a male partner. They both attend a series of rehearsals to learn a number of formal dances from professional instructors, which they perform on night. This provides participants with a great way to build their confidence. The night of the Balls, music is provided by College musicians; in 2014 this was a 15 piece soul band. This offers a fantastic opportunity to build their performance skills.
The Presentation Balls bring together around 800 people in a celebration of the lives of the young people who make up our College. The Balls include people of all ages, an increasingly rare event in our modern society. To see young children and teenagers, older siblings and parents, grandparents and extended family and friends enjoying each other’s company at the Presentation Balls is a strong endorsement of the community that surrounds our College. Funds raised by the Presentation Balls are reinvested into College facilities and resources, benefitting all students.