In the company of AIM Executives, AIM Senior Secondary College Principal and teachers, and the ASSC Year 11 students, 6 students were honoured for their outstanding achievements in the 2016 HSC.
"It was so nice for the school to recognise past students. It made me want to be in that position next year".
- Grace Labrum, AIM SSC Year 11 Student
Below is the speech delivered by ASSC Head of School, Natalia Belovukovic, on Monday February 13th.
See the ASSC Excellence Ceremony photos here
Edie’s exceptional achievements in Music 1 have been founded upon a very diligent and mature approach to every hurdle and challenge presented to her. Edie continually presented work of a very high standard, particularly in the areas of performance and composition, but also demonstrating great improvement in the areas of aural skills and musicology during her time at AIM. Her highly unique voice, ability to engage with the lyrics of a song, and almost-unparalleled sense of expression when performing led her to be one of very few students to achieve an average performance mark of 19.81/20 in her HSC trials.
She performed “Shadow Boxer” by Fiona Apple, “Firewood” by Regina Spektor,“Nakamarra” by Hiatus Kaiyote and an original composition titled “Sniper’s Hand” for her practical HSC examinations, and was duly rewarded for her great work with a Band 6 result.
Well done Edie.
Dylan’s great results over the last 2 years in Music 1 have always demonstrated his commitment, attention to detail, and versatility as a musician. He is a high-quality pianist, particularly within contemporary jazz styles, and an exceptional composer of electronic music, always demonstrating an extraordinary knack for using technology to realise and improve his compositions. Dylan showed considerable skill as an aural analyst and musicologist, always seeking to understand music rather than just play it, which undoubtedly had a positive impact on his composition skills.
Dylan performed “When I Fall in Love” by Miles Davis and “Nakamarra” by Hiatus Kaiyote for his HSC practical examinations, as well as presenting a viva voce on “Pushing the Boundaries of Australian pop music” and submitting a fantastic electronic composition called “Bloom (Torpid)”.
Dylan most certainly deserves this wonderful Band 6 result.
Kirsty’s smooth vocal tone, dynamic control, and ability to lead an ensemble have always been very strong, however it was wonderful to see her continue to blossom during her time at AIM. She was not only a gifted performer but also presented a highly insightful Core viva voce, and showed potential in the area of aural skills. Kirsty achieved an average performance mark of more than 19/20 in her HSC trials, and performed equally exceptionally in her HSC practical examinations, where she presented “I’m a Fantastic Wreck” by Montaigne, Prince’s classic “How Come You Don’t Call Me?”, “I Know You Know” by Esperanza Spalding and the beautifully nostalgic “Cedar Lane” by First Aid Kit.
It is my pleasure to honour Kirsty’s achievement of a Band 6 result today.
Throughout his time at AIM, Nicodemo has shown himself to be the model of a hard- working, mature and highly versatile musician, presenting performance, composition, aural and musicology tasks of the highest order on a consistent basis. Nico is a rare musician, in that he is able to perform equally strongly on the drums, bass or guitar, and demonstrated this in his final HSC program. He is a wonderful composer of electronic music, able to combine creative and unique soundscapes and use of effects with popular song structures and sensibilities, as was evident in his core composition. During the HSC practical examinations, Nico successfully performed “Molasses” by Hiatus Kaiyote on bass, “Just Friends” by Jim Snidero and “Every Piece Matters” by Plini on electric guitar, and“Infatuation” by his band Plastic Jack on drums.
Nico’s hard work and wonderful skills have earned him this Band 6 result. Well done Nico.
Benjamin is a strong guitarist and a highly gifted singer, able to move from rock and blues styles to more soulful, sensitive pieces with ease. Ben consistently presented work of a high standard during his time at AIM, particularly in the areas of performance and composition. Ben’s aural skills also showed dramatic improvement due to hard work and application, leading to a fantastic mark in the HSC Trial written examination. His final performances of“Luv Your Life” by Silverchair, “Trick of the Light” by Matt Corby, “Timing and Chemistry” by Mitch and Mike Gordon and “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley showed his technical skill, exceptional sense of expression, and highly-developed ensemble skills, leading to this well-deserved Band 6 result.
Madison has always been gifted with a powerful yet beautiful voice, however she worked very hard over the past 2 years to continue to develop her performance skills, and to learn to work with various ensembles. She regularly presented her HSC tasks at a high standard, and showed considerable improvement in the areas of musicology and composition. Madison’s ability to deliver pop and jazz performances with strength and control has always been her forte, however, as evidenced by her excellent performances of “Stormy Monday” by Eva Cassidy, “Listen” by Beyonce, “Hey Lover” by Keri Noble and “This is How It Goes” by Missy Higgins in the HSC practical examinations.
It is my pleasure to honour her achievement of a Band 6 result here today. Well done Madison.
Award recipients for HSC Music 1
Recognition of nomination for HSC Drama Performance