The room was abuzz with exhibitors and their families as Melbourne Museum prepared to unveil the tenth display of Top Designs, part of the annual VCE Season of Excellence. Excited conversation and a sense of achievement filled the room as old school friends reunited and reminisced about works of creativity that had, indeed, made it to the ‘top.’
Box Hill Secondary College’s ‘Top Class Musicians,’ played a superb score of harmonious melodies and easy listening songs before the evening was opened by MC John Firth, the CEO of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority. Following this were warm addresses by Luke Simpkin, Acting Manager of Melbourne Museum, and Katherine Horseman, a former Top Designs exhibitor herself, and now Exhibition Designer for the National Gallery of Victoria. They congratulated the students on the outstanding quality of work displayed, and the honour of being involved in such an event.
After the speeches, we were invited to view the display of the previous year’s hard work and talent. Because of the swelling numbers in attendance, entry was staggered, but fine food was provided by the students from Footscray City College as we made new friends, met up with old ones and looked back on the past year’s achievements and towards the exciting future ahead.
The gallery was an extraordinary display of colour, contour and technical expertise.The selections in all areas - Media, VET Multimedia, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Systems Engineering and Visual Communication and Design - were amazing, and filled the room with everything from robots to dresses and dressing tables. The videos were both funny and thought-provoking, while the clothes were innovative and beautiful, the displays of photography looked as if they would come alive at your fingertips and the visual feast in the Food Technology folios made me hungry. A sense of pride and achievement swelled as we enjoyed our peers' successes next to our own, and ‘thank god that we don’t have to do it all again!’
I know that many others as well as myself look forward to inspiring this year’s VCE students and continuing the esteemed tradition of Top Designs.