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The annual Performing Arts Showcase was held last Thursday in the Black Box, and Alicia McGovern (12 Riley) was awarded the 2018 Performer of the Year and the 2018 People’s Choice award. Alicia delivered a stunning and unforgettable portrayal of Captain Hook in this year’s Senior School production of Peter Pan a Musical Adventure and re-lived the character in a Peter Pan medley at the Performing Arts Showcase. All present enjoyed being transported back to that remarkable performance by 150 students at the Ulumbarra theatre earlier in the year.

The 2018 Musician and Composer of the Year has also been awarded, with Nelson Beks (12 Millward) performing Balkan Miniatures 6 and 7 by Bogdanovic, a classical guitar piece, to receive the Musician of the Year prize. Oliver Vine (11 Jones) received the Composer of the Year prize for his unique composition of Macedonian Journey.

My sincere congratulations to these hard working Drama and Music students and the dedicated Music staff who support them in so many ways.

The Higgs Hall in Junior School is transforming into a theatre this week with staging, lights, audio, and props slowly encroaching on the space to create an impression of the New York underworld of the 1920’s, in readiness for the Year 8 Production of Guys and Dolls. Photos from recent production rehearsals in this edition of eLink should provide motivation to book your tickets for the show next week if you have not already done so. Every Year 8 student will take to the stage in at least one of the three evening shows, making this one of the most memorable experiences for students in their Girton journey.

Meanwhile, the Junior School production of Alice in Wonderland is in full rehearsal mode with tickets now on sale for three evening performances at the Capital Theatre.

The sound of Spirit Cup rehearsals can be heard echoing through the halls, signaling the imminent arrival of the Senior School Athletics Carnival, to be held next Friday 7th September. Following the recent footsteps of a very successful Junior School Athletics Carnival, this is sure to be another highlight of the year for many of our Senior School students.

Senior students this week competed in the Sandhurst Division Intermediate Basketball, Hockey and Table Tennis with some excellent results. Three Basketball teams, three Tennis teams, and a Hockey team have qualified for the Loddon Mallee Region finals in October.

Girton was well represented at the Victorian School Cycling Championships this week, with Pat Eddy (10 Jenkin), Jasmine Eddy (8 Jenkin) and Lily Jones (6 Aherne) winning their age category along with Alessia McCaig (9 Jenkin) and Oscar Polidano (6 Frew) placing third in their age category.

The OGA Departing Girtonian Scholarship for Year 12 students is now open with applications open until Friday 12th October. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating student who displays a good all-round commitment to the school’s values and who epitomises what it is to be a departing Girtonian with positive relationships, a commitment to life-long learning, leadership skills, resilience, and a commitment to social responsibility. I encourage graduating Year 12 students who have taken up OGA Life Membership, to apply for this generous scholarship designed to support students in travel, professional development, volunteer work or further study after graduation.

This is my final eLink column before departing to Boston for the Harvard University Leading Learning that Matters program. After my departure on 7th September, matters for the Headmaster’s Office may be referred to my esteemed Deputy, Mrs. Robyn MacCulloch.

Matthew F. Maruff