The VCE Season of Excellence is a five-month annual arts festival showcasing outstanding senior secondary student work from Victorian schools. The Season presents works created by VCE students in design, technology, multimedia and the cinematic, visual and performing arts through exhibitions, screenings and performances.

This year, we are proud to announce that six Woodleigh students have been selected to share their work at the festival. Congratulations to all!


Savanna Hopkinson and Alex Syme (Y12 2017)

Alexandra Syme
Suburban landscape 2017
enamel paint on stoneware
13.0 x 70.0 x 70.0 cm (variable)

Suburban landscape investigates the concepts of perception and reality. The didactic forms and loud contrasting colours provided by the materials help to reflect an idea of a child’s building blocks but also of a bustling suburbia. The strength and sturdy aesthetic of the white raku clay help to amplify the idea of buildings. Through this, the sculpture aims to explore naive perceptions of perfection within the space and structures, revealing the flaws intrinsic in space. (Text from NGV Top Arts website.)

Savanna Hopkinson
Equilibria – Phenomena 2017
charcoal and oxide stain on porcelain, cotton (thread), synthetic polymer paint on composition board
180.0 x 78.8 x 40.2 cm (overall)

For Equilibria – Phenomena I wanted to convey that the negatives and positives in life balance each other out. This has provided the conceptual foundation for this artwork, culminating in the beauty and necessity of imperfection and the beautiful, ambivalent perfection it ultimately creates. (Text from NGV Top Arts website.)

Please visit the Top Arts 2018 exhibition and support Sav, Alex and Woodleigh at the NGV Australia, Federation Square, Ground level, NGV Design Studio, 23 March–15 July. Open 10am–5pm daily. Free admission.

Congratulations, Sav and Alex!

TOPshots 2017

Cameron Myers (Y12 2017)

Congratulations to past student Cam Myers (Y12, 2017) for being selected to include his 'Pier' photography in the 2017 Monash Gallery of Art TOPshots exhibition. 

‘Moonlit Portsea Jetties’ Photographic print on pearl photographic paper 59cm x 59cm 

Cam has been experimenting more and more often, using the moon as the main/only source of light in his images. In his 'Moonlit' series he has used a full moon with long exposures to illuminate his landscape images. These images were taken between 10.30pm and 12am. 


Ashley Scott (Y12 2017)

The Premier's VCE Awards recognises outstanding results of individual students. Ash's 2017 Unit 3-4 Business Management achievements were celebrated as among the very best in the state of Victoria. 

The award ceremony was held on Tuesday 15 May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. But in typical Woodleigh style, Ash was busy volunteering in the UK and couldn't attend the ceremony. We wish her all the best for a safe and successful trip, and congratulate her on this impressive achievement.


Alex Ferguson (Y12 2017)

Dux of the Class of 2017, Alex Ferguson was selected to perform his original Music Investigation composition ‘La Valise’ at the VCAA Season of Excellence ‘Top Class Sound’ event at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 23 February. 


Tom Poyser (Y12 2018)

Congratulations also go to Tom Poyser (Y12 2018), who was selected to perform at Top Class Music at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 6 March. 


Both Top Class Music and Top Class Sound feature the work of incredible students who received very high grades for their VCE performance examinations in 2017. The performances are compered by Assessors and the VCAA’s Curriculum Manager for the Performing Arts, and both Alex and Tom should be incredibly proud of their achievements.