Awards Night
We had a triumphant return to Robert Blackwood Hall on Tuesday for our Annual Awards Night ceremony. After three years absence due to the pandemic, a large audience assembled for a night of celebration and to share the success and achievements of so many of our students. I could not have asked for a more fitting finale for my last Awards Night as Principal and I thank all members of the community who gave me their best wishes and thanks. It is certainly very humbling.

Most importantly, our students excelled:
– There were stunning musical performances by Hayley and Robyn Sadler, Jordan Masip and Harper Towers, and the various group ensembles who performed throughout the evening.
– The student leaders spoke with dignity and genuine voice highlighting the key events of each sub school.
– It was a pleasure to see so many smiling and proud faces of the students who presented on stage when receiving their academic, sporting or service awards.
– And finally, a big congratulations to the Year 12 cohort in attendance – to join me on stage, to sing the College Anthem for the last time, and to exit as one at the end of the night.

Photos from the evening will be available in the next edition of the Journal.

AM Fogarty Award – 2023
This award is the highlight of every Awards Night, as it is the highest Award the school can bestow, to a student who has demonstrated excellence in their academic, sport and service over their 6 six years at Wellington. It is named after the foundation Principal the late AM (Gus) Fogarty. I could not have been more delighted to present the 2023 AM Fogarty Award to Victoria Nikolaou. This caps off a stellar career for Victoria, especially through the Performing Arts – and her final performance of “Let It Go” was an incredible full stop on that career. I sincerely congratulate Victoria, and indeed every other student who performed or received an individual certificate or award on the night.

Year 12 Exams and commencement of Unit 1 and 3, 2024
Most exams have now been finalised and we have commenced our Senior School VCE Units 1 and 3 for 2024. The program will run until December 1. As always, the work is documented on COMPASS, under the School Documentation and Student Resources tabs. I strongly encourage any student who has not been able to attend the commencement program to access these resources as soon as possible.

2024 College Booklist
The 2024 College booklists are now available, please refer to the newsfeed that was sent out earlier in the week by Marina Stergiou. Orders are placed online via Campion and close on Wednesday December 13, 2023 to guarantee delivery prior to January 25,2024. Orders can still be placed after the due date; however, stock availability cannot always be guaranteed. If you have any questions, please contact the General Office.

Mr Hugh Blaikie