On Tuesday this week, our Year 12 students enjoyed their final classes before Wednesday’s Celebration Day and the commencement of study leave. All schools have their own rituals and celebrations at this time of year. There is no single way to best recognise and celebrate the formal end of schooling for students, balanced with the demands of study and examination preparation, yet it is very important to recognise the milestone.
Our Year 12 Celebration Day commenced with a delicious cooked breakfast prepared by year level Mentors, the Head of Year and other staff. By 9:00am all students from Years 7-12 were in Garnsey Hall for the final Chapel service, led be Rev Rich, which was our opportunity to farewell the young men and women of Year 12. The service, ably managed by Becky Strauss and Sam Dunnett (Year 10) and younger siblings of our school Captains Josh and Millie, included reflections from Year 9 students about Peer Support, co-curricular activities and big brothers and sisters. Rev Rich reflected on the reading from Matthew Chapter 5 verses 1-10 and, following several prayers for Year 12s, Bishop Richard Treloar finished the Chapel service with a final blessing.
After enjoying morning tea in the Staff Common Room, the Year 12 celebrations continued. Dress ups, a jumping castle, water slide and plenty of music and fun accompanied the lunchtime barbecue, before the Year 12s farewelled the students and staff in their final assembly with dance, music, images and their final video. At the conclusions of the assembly, Years 7-11 students formed a guard of honour and Year 12s ran through the farewell banner made by Year 7s.
It was a wonderful day and a suitable celebration of a significant milestone. Now, of course, the hard work really begins as students study for their final examinations, which commence next Wednesday.
Lawless Family Prize for Music
I would like to make a correction about the Lawless Family Prize for Music, awarded in 2018 to both Tilda Oram and Sam Davis (Year 12) as joint winners. The prize recognises a quiet achiever in the Music program at Gippsland Grammar.
Darcy’s continued success
I congratulate Darcy Wade (Year 12), who has been selected on the Australian Junior Team of three Showjumping riders to compete at the Thailand Equestrian Federation - Royal Horse Guard, Princes Cup, from 17-20 November in Bangkok. This is the third discipline in which Darcy has represented Australia this year: tetrathlon, modern pentathlon and Showjumping. What an outstanding achievement!