Colin Brideson OAM
The inaugural recipient of the Vitae Medal is Colin Brideson OAM who was Principal of Adelaide High School from 1978 to 1987.
It is fitting that the inaugural recipient of the Vitae Medal was also a former member of staff, in fact was Principal of Adelaide High School and a person who served the broader community in many committees and organisations.
Colin was an old scholar and as Principal oversaw the amalgamation of Adelaide Girls High School and Adelaide Boys High School. He led the school as it became the state’s only special interest language school in 1974 and facilitated the building of the drama suite, the resource centre, the languages centre, the arts area and the gymnasium.
Colin Brideson was also awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his service to the community. The Adelaide High School old scholars and broader community were saddened at the beginning of this year when Colin passed away. Colin was nominated for this award before he passed. I am deeply sorry he is not here to receive it personally, and that he is not seated in the balcony as he usually was at our formal assemblies. I am heartened by the fact that his family is here to receive it for him. Colin strongly believed in the concept of service before self, and today’s assembly epitomises Colin’s values.
I know that future recipients of this award will be humbled by the fact that Colin was the inaugural recipient.