Tamborine Mountain College Awards and Graduation Ceremony 2022

HOTA on the Gold Coast held the prestigious Awards Day for Tamborine Mountain College (TMC) where Prep to Yr 12, with family and friends, enjoyed the celebration of another successful year. Awards Day acknowledges achievements at every year level and celebrates the graduation of Yr 12, Yr 6.

Victory & Valour recognised:

  • Yr 12 success educationally highlighted by early entry offers into university and TAFE before ATAR release.
  •  Debating Teams and Public Speakers competed successfully right through to the Finals.
  •  Opti-Minds teams went onto State level competition.
  • TMC is part of the Independent Sporting Association for the major carnivals of swimming, cross-country and athletics. TMC Melbourne Cup celebrates House competition and was won by Nicholls for Swimming and Nicholls for Cross-Country and Kyle for Athletics. Our sporting achievement in Equestrian this year has again been significant with State and National Championships.
  • TMC Artsfest was a huge success with the community enjoying artworks by students on display, including drama and music performances.
  • The HIA (Hinterland Independent Alliance) with Hills and Kooralbyn Schools continues.
  • Leo Club and SRC have been busy raising funds and serving the community.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award has several students completing Bronze Awards.
  • Kokoda Challenge 
  • Camps and excursions to experience learning outside of the College classrooms.
  • Certificate levels achieved in many fields of interest.
  • TMC Pre-Prep Graduation on campus – a very sweet event welcoming these little ones into Prep classes next year on the Primary Campus.
  • Scarecrow Festival – TMC Early Learning Centre received Highly Commended.
  • TMC graduating Yr 6 class – a wonderful dinner event to celebrate.
  • TMC graduating Yr 12 class – the Formal at the Sanctuary Cove Country Club.

All Award information can be found on the website


2023 Leaders were also announced:


  • Captains – Cy De Freitas, Molly Smith
  • Cultural Captain – Elijah Fern
  • Prefects – Annais Bradley, Chloe Cross, Annia Regi
  • House Captains – Deegan Alderson (Nicholls), Charlotte Flynn-Grant (Kyle), Ashlee Hildebrandt (Walton)


Captains – Scarlett Harris, Riley Brown

Cultural Captain – Isabelle Richards

Prefects – Maelle Raillard, Eli Mudupalli, Nicholas Parker

House Captains – Willow Laidlaw (Nicholls), Joshua Boulton (Kyle), Abel Erasmus (Walton)

Mrs June Melbourne officially announced her retirement at the end of this year – 21 years as College Principal.

She has been involved in education for over 40 years, graduating from the University of Sydney in 1978 and having taught across many states and educational systems – Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and regional QLD.

June Melbourne was first employed by TMC Founding Principal Mr Rob Nicholls back in 1998 as the English Teacher – and he entrusted her with the important position of Principal in 2002. Mrs Melbourne said, “It has been an amazing journey and I thank everyone at TMC for the honour and the privilege. I will always love you TMC.” She also acknowledged her husband Ric Melbourne for his constant support.

Mrs June Melbourne
Mrs June Melbourne

When Mrs Melbourne started at TMC there were less than 100 students at secondary level and today there are over 500 from Kindy to Yr 12. Great things have been accomplished – the addition of Primary and the Early Learning Centre, new buildings, property acquisition, successes in academic, sports, co-curricular achievements and a spirit that is fundamental to the very being of TMC. The College motto “Victory & Valour” does indeed sum it up! 

Mrs Melbourne will always have a connection with TMC – the Board has honoured her by making her a Member of the TMC Company. 

Mrs Fiona Stevens is the new College Principal next year – the College continues in good hands.