Graduates | Elise Elkington and Oliver Breadmore
Respected Prefects Elise Elkington and Oliver Breadmore are ending their school careers at Ormiston College, in Redlands City, south-east of Brisbane, on the highest of notes.
Elise’s stellar year has been capped off with a number of College awards including the 2018 Caltex All-Rounder Award, which is presented annually to a Year 12 student who excels in all areas of schooling life.
Her unwavering commitment to her studies also saw Elise achieve the Dux award for Physics, while her prowess on the sporting field earned her places in the Firsts teams for hockey, touch football, soccer, AFL and sailing.
Elise’s cultural pursuits included playing flute in the College Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra and arguing convincingly for the Senior Debating Team.
Elise’s peer, Oliver Breadmore has also distinguished himself across a range of fields, most notably for his inspiring commitment to community service.
The Prefect earned a reputation in the school for being a compassionate and considerate senior who led by example.
At the school’s recent speech night he was awarded the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Team Work Award, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to guiding, supporting and encouraging his fellow students.
Oliver’s perseverance and passion for community service also saw him achieve the highest level – a Gold Award - in the international youth development program, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
He expanded his service overseas, travelling 8,000km to Nepal as part of a Community Service Abroad trip to help provide a clean water source for a local village school.
“I particularly remember working with my mates to dig a huge hole for a water tank. We moved tonnes of gravel and worked extremely hard for a week,” he recalls.
Oliver also gave 100 percent effort on the sporting field as a member of the First XI cricket team, Seconds rugby team and the College’s First basketball squad.
"A school highlight was the 2018 Seconds rugby premiership win which taught me that it is all worth it to keep driving and pushing yourself right to the very end. After our victory we sung the Ormiston College school song so loud, to the cheers of our huge audience of friends, parents and teachers," he remembers.
In the cultural arena, Oliver’s enthusiasm for violin earned him spots in the College Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Strings.
Oliver says he developed a strong community of friends during his time at school.
“We have studied together, played sport and music together, been through highs and lows together. School has also taught me that if you are organised, you can participate in all aspects of school life."
Oliver has no plans on slowing down after school finishes.
He’s already planned a Lions Club International Youth Exchange to America for December and January.
When Oliver returns, he hopes to study a Business/Science degree and later combine a business internship overseas with studies at an international university.