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Portrait of Anita Zocchi Unveiled

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Today it is with great pleasure that I represent the former students and teachers of this school as we gift to the school a portrait of immediate past Principal Anita Zocchi.

May I begin by acknowledging with sincere gratitude the artist Andrea Malone:  when you see the portrait I am sure you will agree that she has done an incredibly good job and that the portrait is beautiful. Thank you Andrea.

Anita was an Assistant Principal at this school to the classes of 2001, 2002 and 2003, and Deputy Principal to the classes of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010 she took up the role as Principal at Seaview High before returning to serve this school as its Principal to the classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and, for a period, the class of 2017. In total some 16 years, including 7 during which she served the school by leading it as its Principal. 

To put that into perspective, Anita commenced her long service to this school before most of the current students were born, and yet all of them have and will continue to benefit from Anita Zocchi’s service to this school as its Principal.  

This is a school rich in its history and traditions.  And we benefit from that every day.

One might sooner change history than find a substitute for it. 

For there is no substitute for the richness of the history we enjoy. 

And it is why this particular tradition is so special, that the old scholars -  the former students and teachers of this school - mark the occasion and celebrate the service of each Principal of the school by the gift of a portrait, so that the Principal and the school community they led may be celebrated and remembered by each passing year level. 

For the portrait of Anita not only celebrates the service of Anita to Adelaide High School, but celebrates the entire school she led.  

This school is very good at celebrating the potential and the successes of its current students, and it quite right that it does so. After all, the potential and success of current students is the whole point.   

But with this portrait - that is to say, with this tradition - we also pause to celebrate the teachers and staff who have, under the leadership of each principal, contributed so consistently and so fundamentally to the history, traditions and success of the school and, most importantly, its students. Indeed, beyond the students and staff we celebrate the entire community of the school led, as it was, by Principal Anita Zocchi. 

The portraits are hung in this place to remind us, the current school, of the greatness of this school that has gone before, and its relationship and relevance to the success of the current school and its students. 

For like the Principals before her, Anita came to this great school and made it better. 

It is with great pleasure that we, the past students and staff of Adelaide High School, present to the school this portrait. 

Mr Stephen Mitchell
President: Adelaide High School Old Scholars Association