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Governor Commendation & multiple merit recipients


6.00 pm - arrival
6.30 pm - main ceremony
7.45 pm - photo opportunity
8.00 pm - event end

Welcome to Country & didgeridoo performance

Kuma Kaaru / Jack Buckskin

Incorporating Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country into meetings, gatherings, and events shows respect by upholding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols. 

Taking the time to Acknowledge Country, or including a Welcome to Country at an event, reminds us that every day we live, work, and dream on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands. 

Governor of South Australia

Hon Frances Adamson AC

Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC is a proud sixth-generation South Australian - her mother, the Honourable Jennifer Cashmore AM, was a South Australian parliamentarian and her late father, Ian, was a manager at Hills Industries.  Her late step‑father, Stewart Cockburn AM, was a distinguished Walkley award winning journalist.

Her Excellency studied economics at the University of Adelaide, while there becoming the first female captain of the rowing club in its 103 year history, and went on to join the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.  She worked in Hong Kong during the early years of China’s reform and opening, eventually becoming Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2011-2015.

In 2016, Her Excellency was appointed head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, pursuing Australia’s interests as world powers shifted and the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.  She also led the department through a period of cultural change, encouraging more women into senior ranks.

She has also been International Adviser to the Prime Minister and Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister and Defence Minister.

In June 2021 Her Excellency was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through the advancement of Australia's diplomatic, trade and cultural interests, particularly with the People's Republic of China and the Indo-Pacific region, to innovative foreign policy development and high level program delivery, and as the 36th Governor appointed in South Australia.

Her Excellency is married to Mr Rod Bunten, a former British diplomat and high school teacher. They have four adult children and a cavoodle, Alfie.

source: www.governor.sa.gov.au/the-governor/the-governor

Premier of South Australia

Peter Malinauskas MP

As a firm believer in the importance of family and community Peter has spent all of his working life working with both employees and employers in the retail industry to find a balance that benefits all South Australian’s.

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Adelaide and prior to entering the Legislative Council, Peter was the State Secretary of the SDA. In this role he was the driver behind the historic changes to shop trading hours in the CBD and the creation of two part-day day public holidays on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. He has also previously completed a bachelor of commerce from the University of Adelaide.

In Peter’s spare time, he can often be found at a Port Power game or out on the footy field with his beloved Adelaide Uni (The Blacks).

Peter’s great love is his family. He and his wife, Annabel, have a son, Jack, and two daughters, Sophie and Eliza.

source: members.parliament.sa.gov.au

Minister for Education, Training and Skills

Blair Boyer MP

Blair Boyer is the Minister for Education, Training and Skills in South Australia.

Blair is passionate about education and believes that a strong, affordable and accessible public education system is the key to equality. 

Blair grew up on the family farm in rural south west Victoria, not far from Mount Gambier. His father was a public school teacher in the area for more than 40 years. 

Blair was educated at local public schools before graduating from Monash University with degrees in Arts and Law in 2005. 

Blair practiced as a solicitor for a short period of time before becoming Chief of Staff to Minister Jennifer Rankine in 2011 and later worked for Premier Jay Weatherill. 

Since 2018, he has been a Member of Parliament for the seat of Wright. He was Shadow Minister for Education, Training and Skills and Veterans’ Affairs from 2020 to 2022.

Blair lives with his wife Catherine and their 3 daughters in Adelaide’s north east. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, watching the footy, listening to music, taking the kids bike riding and spending time on the family farm. He is also volunteer with the Modbury Meals on Wheels. 

source: www.education.sa.gov.au


Governor of South Australia Commendation – Excellence Award 2021

  • Sebastian Alfred
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Caitlin Anchor
  • Manish Augustine
  • Anna Sophia Champion
  • Lily Di Cola
  • Lily Grace Farrell
  • Thomas Frew
  • Grace Gregurev
  • Katelin Gunn
  • Chloe Henderson
  • Emma Hislop
  • Daisy Jury
  • Georgia Kehagias
  • Zane Lindblom
  • Emily Lindner
  • Keeley Menadue
  • Madeleine Jemima Moss
  • Lillian Orsillo
  • Nikita Lillian Page
  • Gyum Park
  • Joel Ransom
  • Tayla Erin Roberts
  • Holly Schutz
  • Lucas Scroop
  • Evelyn Vincin Walker
  • Cooper Whitbread
  • Tess Wight
  • Cheri Wong

Governor of South Australia Commendation - Aboriginal Student SACE Excellence Award 2021

  • Chloe Henderson

Governor of South Australia Commendation - Excellence in Modified SACE Award 2021

  • Kyle Baker

Tennyson Medallist 2021

  • Amber Ngoc Tran Lennox

Five Merit Certificates

  • Lucas Scroop

Four Merit Certificates

  • Amelia Frances Campbell
  • Anna Sophia Champion
  • Edward Anthony Davies
  • Lathika Guruge
  • Dinan Sendiv Perera
  • Sachin Ravindran
  • Shengxuan Shan
  • Jordan Zorzi

Three Merit Certificates

  • Hamayel Abaid
  • Charlie David Bear
  • Ella Beinssen
  • Luca Ash Canala
  • Jackson Enrique Centenera
  • Antonia Italia De Angelis
  • Joel Alexander De Pasquale
  • Abigail Douglas
  • Youssef Gerges
  • Brendan Jun-Xiong Ho
  • Carl Thomas Hodges
  • Thomas David Hosking
  • Caitlin Han Huynh
  • Emma Rachel Jenke
  • Canyu Jia
  • Valen Kostich
  • Caitlyn Lam
  • Vasiliki Lazarevich
  • Noah Mitchell Lunau
  • Clarisse Elise Lust
  • Jennifer Ly
  • Isabella Audrey Mennillo
  • Madeleine Jemima Moss
  • Parizaad Tariq Nehvi
  • Gyum Park
  • Damiano Gabriel Pavia
  • Lucy Claire Percival
  • Phuong Y Nhi Pham
  • Sebastian Rapuano
  • Sienna Rawlins
  • Georgie Reuther
  • Lia Romeo
  • Nirbhik Singh Sandhu
  • Connor William Seifert
  • William Balarajah Selvanayagam
  • Kate Amelia Simmonds
  • Wian Soontiens
  • Charlotte Warnock
  • Gauri Wechalekar
  • Dylan Roshan Worswick
  • Rune Chi Zhao

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The SACE Board would like to thank Brighton Secondary School for providing the music at the Governor’s Commendation presentation.


The SACE Board would like to thank the Vice-Regal Ensemble for providing the Vice-Regal Salute at the Governor’s Commendation presentation.


The SACE Board expresses its appreciation to the following organisations for their support:

  • Adelaide City Council
  • Festival Hire
  • Nippy’s Fruit Juices Pty Ltd
  • Santos Ltd

Ceremony Photography

To purchase an official photograph taken on stage at the Merit Ceremony, please go to saschoolphotography.com.au