Loud Fence Installation Ceremony

About 80 members of The Geelong College community have gathered to show their support for survivors of harm at a Loud Fence Installation Ceremony on Saturday.

Staff, members of the College Council, Old Collegians, parents and students were among those who came to the ceremony in the College Chapel, where the Loud Fence installation was unveiled. The installation is made of ribbons from the College's Loud Fence in 2016, and it will be a permanent fixture in the Chapel.

Saturday's service was about acknowledging those harmed in the past and making a commitment to ensure it does not happen again.

The ceremony took place in three parts: the past, the present and the future. Attendees heard from two survivors, James Wishart and Mark Garrett, who spoke bravely and powerfully about their experiences. Independent facilitator Pauline Ryan also spoke on behalf of the survivors who weren't able to be there, and Dr Hugh Seward shared his reflections as both an Old Collegian and the current Chairman of the College Council.

Michaela Ryan (OGC 2017) then spoke as part of the "Present" section of the service, explaining that the College's Loud Fence on the corner of Aphrasia and Talbot Streets came from the students' desire to show their support for those who had been harmed at College in the past. 

Principal Dr Peter Miller then talked about the steps the College has taken to ensure a safe environment for all current and future students. Please see this week's Bulletin (Term 1, Week 6) to read his speech.

The ceremony was documented on video for those who couldn't attend. If you would like a copy of the video or a transcript, please email 

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