bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” – William Blake
was a very special and important night for the students and staff members of
only comes around once every year. The event is an integral part of the QACI
academic year to acknowledge the achievements and to celebrate the
contributions of the students to the QACI community.
and rows of glass trophies were aligned neatly across the table, waiting to be
presented to their new owners. Numerous awards were eagerly waiting to be given
out throughout the night. The students among the crowd quietly made their
predictions on which students were to receive each of the awards, a suspenseful
surprise that was to be revealed later. Parents started to flock into the hall,
hoping to get the best seats. The ceremony was soon to begin.
awards ceremony kick-started with the Subject Award winners, followed by
the Academic Excellence Awards recipients. Occasionally, there would be cheers
and screams erupting from the crowd as the MC announced the name of the
recipient… a familiar name, followed by a thunderous round of applause. Some
rushed back and forth, receiving several well-deserved awards.
only were the students fortunate enough to receive an award. QACI received one
too! Principal Gavin Bryce received the 2018 Positive Mindset Award – School
Champion from the Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival.
it was time for the special awards. The awards of which the award winners
themselves were unaware of receiving. Some of these awards included the Quiet
Achiever Award, the Ewan Murray Dark Knight Award, and The Pathmaker Award.
each announcer introduced each award, they described the great achievements of
the recipient. They finally drew out a white piece of paper and slowly lifted
open the flap, accompanied by the drumroll made by the students. The entire
hall waited for the first words to come out of their mouths… the words that would
reveal the worthy recipient of each award. When the name was finally revealed,
some of the recipients took a second to fully absorb that it was their own name
that was uttered.
performances were scattered throughout the evening, featuring performances from
the Vox Choir, a solo performance by Christopher Perlinski, a dance performance
by Sophie Hann and Joshua Brandon, and a special band performance which
featured QACI’s own Mr Christiansen on the saxophone.
of the last items of the evening was the announcement of the new House Managers
and Student Directors. These new leaders underwent an extremely rigorous
selection process and were finally chosen to lead the ever-growing QACI community
in 2019. The House Managers and Student Directors of 2018 handed over their
positions to the new leaders by presenting them with personally handwritten
letters along with a warm hug.
evening was filled with laughter and celebrations all around. We would like to
thank the organisers of the evening and the team behind the scenes for all
their time and effort to ensure the event ran smoothly.
...article written by Caitlin Baptist, Year 10