09 September, 2022 7-12 spotlight

Our Girls Shine

As we approach the end of Term 3, we reflect on the many exciting things our students have achieved beyond the classroom, in the areas of sports, performing arts as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

We commend Maisy (7B) who has secured a role in the high-profile musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat that will be held at the Regent Theatre from 13 November.

Maisy has performed in several musicals, advertisements and short films, a few key highlights include:

  • Opera Australia’s Evita with Tina Arena in 2018-2019
  • The Act of Storytelling’s short film, Before I Go in 2019
  • The Victorian Youth Theatre’s Peter Pan in Neverland in 2021

Maisy’s flare for the arts and passion for the stage shines through and we wish her the best of luck in Term 4, as she participates in the global hit musical.

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    Maisy as one of the lost boys/pirates in Peter Pan in Neverland. Credit: Stage School Australia
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    Maisy in the film 'Before I Go'. Credit: The Act of Storytelling

In April, Romy (7K) was accepted into the cast of Harlequinade by the Australian Ballet where she performed at the Arts Centre Melbourne from 17-25 June.

Harlequinade is a lively love story originally choreographed by Marius Petipa who was responsible for the well-known productions Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

The production of Harlequinade was Romy’s first professional production which involved difficult and intricate choreography. The performance was a highlight in her classical ballet career and we applaud Romy on her dedication and persistence.

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    Romy in the Australian Ballet's Harlequinade.
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    The Australian Ballet - Harlequinade. Credit: The Australian Ballet

We also congratulate Charli (8H) who won gold at the recent Birmingham Commonwealth Games in the Women’s 10m Synchronised Diving, alongside diving partner Melissa Wu.

Charli was the youngest Australian athlete at the recent Commonwealth Games and we commend her on the courage and determination that she showed throughout the Commonwealth Games.

After thoroughly enjoying competing in her first Commonwealth Games, Charli said she is “looking forward to hopefully competing in the Paris Olympics in 2024”.

Upon Charli’s return to School, a guard of honour was created by students and staff to congratulate Charli on her outstanding achievement.

Charli was also admitted to the ACS sports hall of fame in August, which recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding success in their sport.

This week, Charli was one of 33 Australian Commonwealth Games athletes awarded an Australian Sports Medal, by the Governor-General, to athletes who displayed great spirit and determination at the recent Commonwealth Games.

To read more about Charli’s achievements at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games click here.

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    Students and staff made a guard of honour to welcome back Charli from the Commonwealth Games.
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    Charli was admitted into the ACS sports hall of fame in late August.

Ophelia (9H) has a passion for science, with a keen interest in engineering and her goal is to study aerospace engineering at tertiary level.

During the July school holidays, Ophelia was one of 40 Year 9 students selected to participate in a program run by the University of Melbourne called ‘Girl Power in Engineering and IT’. The program is for female high school students who have an interest in STEM. The aim of the program is to increase awareness and inspire students about the exciting career possibilities in STEM. It provides students with hands-on interactive workshops, work experience as well as networking and mentoring opportunities from current University of Melbourne engineering and IT students, staff and leading industry specialists.

More information about the ‘Girl Power in Engineering and IT’ program can be found here.

We are proud of Maisy, Romy, Charli and Ophelia for their achievements and for their commitment to their passions. We look forward to seeing our students continue to thrive in Term 4.

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    Ophelia has participated in robotics for many years.
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    The participants programed a dancing robot in their hands-on workshop.