The Tumut High School Year 12 class of 2018 bid their school a fond farewell last Friday.
“This is a very significant moment for you; an important milestone,” Tumut High principal Don Dixon said.
“Congratulations; you’ve almost made it. In two months it will be all over. Remember, the HSC will never define who you are. Your teachers have prepared you well for the HSC.
“One thing that is constant is that things are always changing, and a big change awaits you. Embrace change; don’t fear it. The art of life is about adapting to change.”
The departing students gave their teachers and parents a standing ovation.
Amelia Kerr sang the National anthem, Nadeene McFarlane gave the Acknowledgment of Country, and student Abel Lawson performed a brilliant version of “Capricho Arabe” by Francisco Tarrega on guitar.
Year 12 adviser Zoe Sturt vividly remembered the first time she came across the year asa prac teacher.
“I got to know the characters and found out how cheeky you are,” she said.
“The future is yours to take advantage of; have no regrets; only regret the things you didn’t try.
“I wish you all the best in the pursuit of your goals. Good luck in the HSC and the rest of your life.”
On behalf of year 7 students, Eddie Dodds said he would not miss the year 12 student’sbelief in their superiority, but thanked them for making the school a better place.
On behalf of the year 11 students, Sam D’Alessandro urged the year 12s to “stay classy.”
Departing captain Kiera Beavan said “the memories we made at this school will be forever ours. It’s time for us to enter a new journey.”
She said she was proud to be part of the group, which included talented individuals, smart people and comedians.
“I wish everyone a happy life, with great accomplishments. From now on, we’re going to have to make tough decisions. Be a good person, learn good skills, and use them for the better. From now on you will represent this school to the world. Go show them how capable we are.
“It is sad to say goodbye to the teachers who supported us, pushing us towards our goals, encouraging us to follow our dreams.
“These amazing people have moulded us into the people we have become. To the new seniors, your senior years will fly by. Things may seem to get harder, and trust me, they will, but you’ll get through. You can do anything. Don’t let a simple mark define you, if you fail, try again.
“I would like to thank my peers; you are all amazing individuals. I’d like to thank you all for the amazing journey I was lucky enough to be on. Thank you for some of the best years of my life.”
Fellow captain Jesse Bellchambers singled out Mr O’Brien, Mrs Beale and Ms Sturt for praise, and congratulated the new school captains.
“Students, I want to make something very clear; despite what everyone might say, this is your school. Don’t be afraid to have a voice.You have the right to a say, to be treated fairly and to have every opportunity to chase your dreams. But also remember to thank those who help you, and take the opportunity to help others. Having each other’s back is the most important thing you can do for each other.”
He said he and his fellow graduates were on the brink of a new world.
“For some of us, this might be the most stressful part of our lives so far. As quoted in Hamlet ‘Though this is madness, there is method in it’. Regardless of the result of these exams, it is important to thy one self be true. Never give up, never back down, and always remember, we are not failures when we fail, we are only failures when we give up trying.”