Gold Coast Shines for Commonwealth Games

Community News Monday 16 April 2018

The Commonwealth Games gave our city a unique opportunity to shine, as we showcased our beautiful Gold Coast landscape and friendly hospitality to spectators and athletes from around the world. Our College and students were honoured to be involved in the Games in a number of ways, and we would like to congratulate and thank our staff and students for their contributions.

Hillcrest student, Lilly Rotunno, enjoyed the special opportunity to be a Baton Bearer in the GC2018 Queen's Baton Relay as she carried the Baton through a section of Upper Coomera.

Hillcrest staff members, Astrid Hart and Cath Baddeley, were selected to be part of the Opening Ceremony and enjoyed being involved in the special event.

38 of our talented Years 10-12 Performing Arts students formed part of the 240-strong Youth Chorus at the Closing Ceremony. The students rehearsed for five hours each week in the final month of Term 1, and sang and danced their way through the 2½ hour event. They were involved in a series of all-day rehearsals in the lead-up to last Sunday’s Ceremony and were incredible ambassadors for our College. The mood in the Stadium was electric, and their performance reflected the excitement and enthusiasm of the audience. Congratulations to all the students involved and special thanks to Mrs Jess Joubert, who worked tirelessly with the students in the rehearsal process. The Ceremonies Choreography Team, who visited rehearsals at school on two occasions were incredibly impressed with the standard of the ensemble. Congratulations to our Year 9 student, Leilani Connolly, who danced with the Queensland Ballet throughout the Ceremony. See more photos of our performers at the Ceremony.

Two Hillcrest students, Eva Marks (Year 10) and Alexia Allo (Year 11) were selected as Flag Bearers for the Closing Ceremony. Eva represented Malta, while Alexia held the Falkland Islands flag, and both girls enjoyed the honour of carrying national flags into the arena.

Our students' paintings adorned the walls of the Athletes' Village throughout the Games, and were shared with the athletes following the event. One particular painting, created by our 2017 Year 12 student, Dylan Carpenter, made its way back to Knysna in South Africa with Christopher Patton, who had won Bronze in the Men's Trips Lawn Bowls. Christopher was delighted with his gift and the special piece of memorabilia he was able to take home with him. "It will always bring back such wonderful memories of the event for us in South Africa," Christopher said.