Students and staff of Quirindi High School have been honoured for their hard work at the school's annual awards ceremony.
Emcee Mr Owen welcomed special guests and chairs, and 2020 school captains Mia Constable and Jock Barnett oversaw proceedings with assistance from vice captains Taylah Douglas and Liam Faulkner.
The proceedings commenced with the national anthem by the Quirindi High School (QHS) concert band and an emotive original composition of acknowledgement to country by Indiah Neah accompanied by Jackson Worley on cello.
Ian Lobsey presented a significant cheque to the school on behalf of Concord Rotary.
Principal Worley spoke about the challenges of modern day teaching and student learning and how QHS is surpassing these challenges and facing them head on in all fields, including: academia, sport, social enterprise, industry, careers and more.
Mrs Saunders presented the 2019 sports report and sports awards were presented by 2019 boys sports captain Hudson Shaw.
Academic prizes for each year level were read by the relevant Year Advisor and visiting principals presented the awards from Year 7 to 11.
The Quirindi High School choir gave an emotive performance of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
Former Quirindi High School student, now Prime 7 reporter, Jack Howard gave a rousing speech encouraging students to 'give it a go'.
"Say yes to opportunities as you are only limited by yourself, work hard and give every opportunity a go. There is so much on offer at Quirindi High School," Mr Howard said.
The Quirindi High School concert band performed Peter Gunn Theme by Henry Mancini before the announcement of the highly-regarded special awards presented by sponsors.
A presentation was held for staff service recognition before the small ensemble band performed Let it Go by James Bay to conclude the presentations.
An afternoon tea was offered by the Quirindi High School P&C as families gathered for photos.