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Arch D Radio’s night of nights was a glamourous affair with guests embracing the 1920s theme – from aspiring young radio broadcasters in fancy dress to school principals stepping back in time Great Gatsby-style.

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In the 10th anniversary year of Arch D Radio, the brainchild of James Meston from Catholic Education SA, the awards gala night was held for the first time at the Capri Theatre, Goodwood.

St Mary’s Small Jazz Ensemble entertained guests in the foyer while Abbey Rice, a Sacred Heart old scholar, joined St Mary’s student Matilda Jeffree on bass, Sacred Heart head of Music Dan Ryan on drums and James on guitar during the awards break.

Nine News presenter Brenton Ragless and Dr Neil McGoran, director of Catholic Education SA, joined past and current participants of the program in thanking James Meston for his commitment and dedication over the past decade.

Dr McGoran said it was fantastic to see students expressing themselves so confidently and to people from all over the world.

James spoke of how satisfying it was to see some of the students and old scholars involved in Arch D Radio going on to roles as radio hosts/producers and journalism studies and “for hundreds of others, they’ve found a different way to build more confidence, hone their communication skills, and help find their own voice in a public medium”.

“For every guest that’s appeared on our shows, and for every parent, family member and family friend who has support a student that’s worked on Arch D, you have enabled brick-by-brick for this idea of Catholic schools radio and podcasting to be available to so many young people to experience and be a part of,” he said.

One of the stars of the night was Cardijn College student Kaitlyn Davey who won Broadcaster of the Year and was also inducted into the Hall of Game, only the fourth inductee in the awards’ history.

She also teamed with fellow Cardijn student Amber Bassham to take out Best Radio Team.

One of the youngest award winners was Hayden Vo from St Gabriel’s School, who won the Rising Star Award.

Sean Hill and Maria Urbano

St Gabriel’s principal Sean Hill won over the crowd when he was named Best Dressed male staff member for his snappy 1920s golfing outfit, complete with vintage cap and golf sticks.

Equally impressive was Best Dressed female staff member Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College principal Maria Urbano in her sparkling flapper dress and trimmings.

Best Dressed students were …. Rostrevor College old scholar Tom Basso and OLSH College student Lara Nguyen.

Other award winners were: In the Spirit Team – J.A.M. and Mercy Day, St Aloysius College; Podcast Episode of the Year – Truth Seekers, Cabra Dominican College; Radio Talk Break of the Year – The Gullies, Cabra; On the Mic (female senior) – Eliza Lovelock, St Francis de Sales College; On the Mic (male senior) – Angus Clarke, Sacred Heart College; On the Mic (female junior) – Abby Hall, Gleeson College; On the Mic (male junior) – Harry Boyd-Turner, Blackfriars Priory School; Best Podcast Team – St Mary’s College; Most Listened Podcast Exclusive – Justice and Ministry, Nazareth College; Most Listened Radio Podcast – OLSH College.


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