New faces for Wall of Fame

Three outstanding individuals were inducted onto the Ballajura Community College’s Wall of Fame at a ceremony held at the College on September 11.

Year 12s Adrian Rogers and Dylan Kennedy, together with Year 9 Jayden Peak were recognised for their sporting achievements in front of family, friends and special guests at the formal event, including Honourable Rita Saffioti MLA, Minister for Transport, Planning, Lands, members of the College Board and past inductees.

 Cheryl Townsend, Principal, said the Wall of Fame recognised outstanding performance by enrolled or alumni students of the College and to be eligible, students need to have a positive behaviour record, and have won an award or title at a state or national level.

“The Wall of Fame is an exciting and important date on the College calendar,” she said. “It acknowledges students who are wonderful role models, who can help and inspire others to do exceptional things.

“Tonight’s inductees have shown they have gone the extra mile. They are great ambassadors and an example of where hard work and commitment can take you.”

Adrian Rogers has been swimming since he was seven years old and hopes to be selected for the Australian swim team at Commonwealth, World Championship or Olympic level. He trains every day of the week and has qualified and swum at the Australian Age Swimming Championship for three consecutive years (2015-17).

He was also selected to represent WA at the 2017 State Teams Swimming Championships in Canberra, 2017 Australian Open Short Course Swimming Championships in Adelaide, and the 2018 Australian Age Swimming Championships in Sydney.

Dylan Kennedy is dedicated to the sport of taekwondo. This year he won silver at the World Taekwondo Malaysia Open in the 54-58 kg Senior Division, the first ever Western Australian under 58 kg to win this division. Dylan regularly places in the top three in his sport at a state level and has been named WA State Taekwondo Champion five times since 2009.

The youngest of the group, Jayden Peak, has achieved great results in the sport of athletics. This year he attended the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney and the 26th International Athletics Championships in Singapore. In 2017 he competed in Malaysia at the 25th International Athletics Championships, won Athlete of the Year, City of Swan Blue Ribbon Award and attended the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Adelaide.

Commemorative photos and a list of their achievements will now be on permanent display in the main foyer of the College’s Performing Arts Centre.

The evening was also an opportunity for Colin Bell, Patron of the College, to award the Colin Bell Scholarship to outstanding Year 6 student, Jayson Rana Masse from Alinjarra Primary School.

This annual scholarship supports schooling at the College from Year 7 through to Year 10, and to be chosen, the winner needs to score highly in the Advanced Curriculum Enrichment Program entry test, provide a portfolio and attend a panel interview.

Support from music and hospitality students also helped make the night special – the BCC Guitar Ensemble were a fine example of the music program at the College, as was Year 12 Holly Ballam’s vocal performance. Year 11 hospitality students gained valuable experience, cooking and serving a delicious supper to finish the evening.