The measure of accomplishment for a Speech Night should not be based on duration, but one of the goals set for Speech Night 2019 – Celebrate and Inspire, was to make the evening more pungent and relevant to all members of the College Community. You did not have to be an award recipient, a musician or a valedictorian to find the evening relevant and inspiring. The fact that it concluded in less than two hours did not go unnoticed but the evening still highlighted the talents of our musicians, set an award standard of academic achievement that hopefully, in the future, all students will find aspirational. The top ten academic performers at each year level were acknowledged on the evening. During assemblies and special events throughout the year many more students at the respective year levels were acknowledged for Academic Excellence, Christian Leadership and Determination and Persistence. The Spirit of The Oblate Awards considered the contribution all students made to college life in 2019. Staff had the difficult task of narrowing the many worthy recipients to five students at each year level.

The fact the Senior students hosted and managed the evening was probably the most significant and effective change to the format. Mr Michael Pearson led the Student Media Team to develop visual content and the eloquence of our student speakers was well received. Elvis Tran, 2019 College Captain certainly inspired and evoked pride with his speech which included a wonderful tribute to his parents. Dylan Peiris also accepted his role of School Captain for 2020 with a stunning sense of dignity and perspective. The amended format will be the basis for next year and I encourage all members of the College Community to be a part of an important evening of that will have a new theme next year but will be celebratory and inspirational nonetheless.

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