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On Saturday, the 26th of February, the Year 12 cohort of 2021 celebrated their Graduation Ball at the Adelaide Convention Centre; one of our students’ most significant and anticipated College events. The Graduation Ball was postponed last year due to COVID restrictions, and whilst this was a disappointment at the time, Saturday night acted as a quasi-reunion for the Class of 2021, encompassing a wonderful atmosphere for all families in attendance. In the ballroom, there was great excitement in the air, with students, parents and staff reminiscing on the year that was. The graduates reflected on the success of the evening, highlighting the wonderful community spirit and elegance of the occasion.

Throughout the evening, Pastoral Teachers presented members of each Pastoral class. We were fortunate to have in attendance our Principal for 2021, John Foley, who congratulated each student on stage. Parents and teachers got to see the pride on the graduates’ faces as they were presented, many taking the opportunity to thank John for all he contributed to their senior school journey.

The evening was also an opportunity to thank the 2021 College Captains Alice Kneebone and Sebastian Leaney, and Vice Captains Elena Antoniadis and Sam Hornibrook, for their leadership of the cohort during a challenging year.

Staff and students also commented on the fantastic social occasion that allowed the St Michael’s community to see friends, peers and teachers in a different and more relaxed environment. After the formalities were complete, attendees were able to enjoy each other’s company, over a few drinks and a delicious three-course meal.

On behalf of myself and Assistant Director for 2021, Ady Webb, thank you to Sarah Sokolovic and Ellena Williamson for helping to organise this massive event, managing the ever-changing COVID landscape right up until the night of the Ball. It was an outstanding effort. A thank you too to the Pastoral Care teachers, Deputy Principal Matthew Williams, Acting Principal Damian Patton, and Director of Pastoral Sam Kitschke, who all helped facilitate the smooth running of the occasion.

To the Class of 2021, you are to be commended for your exceptional participation and behaviour on the night – all the very best for your future endeavours!

Thank you to those who could attend the 2021 Graduation Ball and helped to create a truly memorable evening.

Mr Mark Labrosciano, Year 12 Director