Graduation for the Men’s Core group was held in a slightly different format this year.
Families and friends arrived from 10am on the Thursday 17th, including some who had not seen their sons for the entire 7 months! After all the administration had been done we had a quick lunch then started on the presentation of projects. A Grand Tour around the projects ended with a demonstration of the obstacle course.
This year we had the official Graduation Ceremony in the evening. Drinks down by the water in the beautiful evening light followed by the speeches and presentations up in the main area, provided the perfect setting for a lovely evening.
Alex Scales opened the proceedings with a prayer, followed by Will Randle’s address to the parents and men of the 2017 intake. Parallels to wine varieties and the diversity of the lads characters were made, with some coming out as full bodied reds and others effervescent sparkling wines we have never managed to ‘cork’ ! Heath Streak was our Guest Speaker and delivered an excellent speech full of humour and very relevant messages for this particular group. Calum Harris made the speech of appreciation of his Intake which again provided much amusement, and Ben Pio gave his appreciation of Calum’s time here. The Awards were then presented by the Chairman of the Falcon Board Mr Andrew Marchussen, and his wife Brenda. The main awards were achieved by the following:
The Leared Shield (Top Overall Student): Calum Harris
The Citizenship Shield: Guy Quittenton
The Leadership Award: Karl Reiger
The Brad Horack Award: Daniel Isemonger
The official part of the ceremony was ended with an excellent vote of thanks by Nick (Ush) Proudfoot.
Champagne flowed and the evening moved on into a very festive party with a sheep on a spit, music by our resident mechanic / DJ, Buzz Davies and a lot of dancing and singing!
Everyone left the next morning to head to their different corners of the world. Many (manly!)tears were shed and promises to stay in touch were made. This has been a very special group and although it will be a lot more peaceful here at Quest, we will certainly miss them! Good luck to the Men’s Core Group of 2017.