Senior School Opening Service and 2021 Dux Presentations

The 2021 Luther College Dux Charlton Burr, Proxime Accessit Jessica McCall and subject Dux recipients for VCE subjects undertaken in 2021 were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements at the Senior School Opening Service and VCE Dux Presentations in early February.

Pastor Mark Tuffin led the service, welcoming our senior students, staff, family and friends (many via live stream) to Luther for the commencement of the 2022 academic year. During the service, the College Captains, House Captains, new teachers and staff were also installed.

At the conclusion of the opening service, members of the Class of 2021 and current Year 12 students who completed a VCE subject last year, were recognised for their outstanding academic efforts which led to them being Dux of their subject.

Particular awards were also given including the Douglas C W Maroney Legal Studies Prize which is awarded annually to the top student in Year 12 Legal Studies. Douglas Maroney was a highly respected lawyer who served as Chair of the Luther College Council from 2000-2007. He was also an active parent, past president of the PTFA, and member of the Luther College community. This year’s recipient was Mr Maroney’s own grandson Sam Benson (Year 12), receiving the award from his mother Dr Leanne Benson in what was a very special moment for the Benson/ Maroney families.

Dr Caroline Gargett was also present to award the Dr Caroline Gargett Scholarship for Excellence in Science to Charlton Burr. The Scholarship is a prestigious monetary scholarship established by the Gargett family in recognition of Caroline’s role as Professor and one of Australia’s leading medical scientists. For a number of years, she was the Secretary of the Luther College Council and chair of the Education sub-Committee.

The ceremony also saw the announcement of the 2022 Senior School ASPIRE participants. The Advanced Support Program and Individual Recognition of Excellence (ASPIRE) is designed to identify, support and recognise students who are pursuing performance excellence in the fields of Performing Arts or Sport. Congratulations to those students.

The ceremony was a memorable way to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our Class of 2021 and to bless current students and staff for the year ahead.