The last day of Term 3 is always an emotional day. For our Year 12 students, the day marks the end of their journey as students of St Mary MacKillop College. They also hand the mantle of leaders in our College community to our Year 11 students.
The morning commenced for the Year 12s with the Graduation Breakfast in the Multi-Purpose Room. A shared meal accompanied by awards, stories and reminiscing was the perfect way to kick off the festivities. After breakfast, loose ends were tied as lockers were cleaned for a final time and borrowed books returned to the library. The Year 12s then gathered where their journey began five years ago: underneath the MacKillop Bell. Will and Karis, who rang the bell to sound in this cohort’s time in the College at the beginning of 2013, read a reflection before ringing the bell for the final time - sounding out the Class of 2017.
All that was left now was to proceed to the gymnasium for their final College Assembly. The Final Assembly celebrates the graduating class, and this year’s assembly was a fitting tribute to this fine collection of young men and women. Each year group presented parting gifts to the Class of 2017. The music students engaged the crowd in a number of outstanding performances, and Head Boy Riorden and Head Girl Delaney entertained the audience with stories of the past and present.
The assembly concluded with the Year 12 graduating class processing out of the gymnasium for the final time as leaders and students of the College. It was wonderful to see so many parents in attendance, and the respect that was shown to the Year 12s by the younger students was fantastic.
The Graduating Class of 2017 have been a shining light for the rest of the student body to follow this year. A year ago, they became the official leaders of our College community and they have embraced the role and lead the College with a dignity and grace that St Mary MacKillop College strives to develop in all our students. We could not be prouder of the young adults that they have become and we wish them nothing but the best as they move beyond our walls into a world full of endless potential.
Mr Paul Northover
Head of Year 12