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Our first week was certainly a busy start to Term One.

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Week 2,
Term One, 2017

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Mr Tony Hickey OAM, Chair of the Somerset College Board and prominent lawyer on the Gold Coast, has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the general division for services to the Gold Coast community and to charitable organisations. He was recognised for his 16 years as chairman of the Salvation Army’s Gold Coast Red Shield Appeal and involvement in other organisations.

He has been a director of the Gold Coast Lady Mayors’ Charity Fund for the past five years and has served on the Somerset College Board of Directors for 14 years, including as Chairman since 2011. In recent years he has also served on the Mayor’s Arts and Culture Advisory Board for the Gold Coast City Council.

Mr Hickey OAM has been a wonderful servant of our Gold Coast community for many years and this recognition is richly deserved. Somerset is so very fortunate to have benefited from his energy and skill.

Many families enjoyed the jumping castle, face painting, sausage sizzle and investigating the fitness and co-curricular opportunities available to them during the Sport Facilities Precinct Open Day on Saturday. Congratulations to the Sports Facilities Manager, Mr Damian Flint, the staff and students who provided information, displays and demonstrations during the morning.

On Tuesday, we celebrated the Cum Laude Award recipients from Junior and Senior Schools for Semester Two 2016. The Cum Laude Awards were introduced in 2009 to recognise those students who achieved at the highest level in at least half of their subjects. It is wonderful to see the numbers of students excelling on a day to day basis and being rewarded for their efforts.

The achievements of our students in their internal assessments have direct correlation to any external assessments, a validation of the professional capabilities of our teachers and curriculum leaders.

Our Academic Captains, Nalin Batra and Jina Hong, lead the Senior School Assembly very well, negotiating the names of the recipients superbly and in a timely fashion. It is a credit to all our students how quickly they settle to the New Year and its new tasks.

The Class of 2017 had their Investiture today after their Investiture Dinner last night. The evening was enjoyed by the Senior Class who were presented with their ties by me and their Senior Jerseys by the Year 12 Co-ordinator, Miss Lisa Connell. Of course, the greatest gift was the presentation of the Year 12 badges to the Class of 2017 by the Class of 2029, the Preppies. A precious moment for both classes.

Please keep your eye out for details and future opportunities Somerset Times, on _Schoolbox _or the Somerset App.

We look forward to hearing all about the adventures of our Year 7s who have their camp next week.

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