It’s the fi­nal count­down

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

By STRUAN JONES

YEAR 12 stu­dents at Bright P-12 Col­lege are ner­vously en­ter­ing their fi­nal days of school as the exam pe­riod draws closer.

This year’s grad­u­at­ing co­hort of 21 stu­dents will at­tend their last day of classes on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, and the en­tire school pop­u­lace will form a guard of hon­our for the de­part­ing stu­dents to walk through, a ges­ture that may make a num­ber of the stu­dents quite emo­tional.

Year 12 co­or­di­na­tor Libby Dean said she’s proud of the grad­u­at­ing group.

“I like this time of year be­cause the stu­dents be­come clear about what they want to do,” She said.

“I’m def­i­nitely sat­is­fied with this year level, it does come with a bit of stress, how­ever.”

Stu­dent Le­shae Ho­gan started at the school this year af­ter com­ing from a much larger school in Mel­bourne.

She said she has en­joyed how close all her class­mates are, and she’ll miss that, but said “I’m ex­cited for it all to be fin­ished and move ahead, to go to univer­sity and start fresh again,

“I think I’ll feel re­lieved when it’s all over, like a weight off my shoul­ders, but I will miss the school feel and see­ing friends ev­ery day.”

Le­shae is plan­ning to study a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion next year at La Trobe Univer­sity in Bendigo, spe­cial­is­ing in pri­mary teach­ing, “so I can stay in school!” she laughed.

Josh Lind­say moved from Syd­ney to Bright in year 8, and has loved be­ing part of a smaller school.

De­spite admitting he gets stressed eas­ily, he said it’s not easy to worry when you just try your best and “put your head down and fin­ish what you need to get fin­ished.”

As for com­ing to terms with his fi­nal days at school, Josh said “It’s a weird feel­ing but I’m ex­cited to see what life has to of­fer af­ter this.”

Josh has plans to study Ed­u­ca­tion at Charles Sturt Univer­sity next year, but is un­fazed if he needs to change his plans.

“I could see my­self do­ing any­thing though - stay­ing in Bright and work­ing, or trav­el­ling for a few years, I’m just ex­cited to have the op­tion to do what I want.”

Of the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, some have ap­pren­tice­ships lined up, some have univer­sity cour­ses in mind, and oth­ers are plan­ning a gap year.

Ms Dean be­lieves all the stu­dents have very balanced lives, with al­most all in the class work­ing ca­sual jobs along with sport­ing and so­cial in­ter­ests.

“They’ll all go off and do amaz­ing things, and we hope they come back and visit. We hope to sup­port them as much as we can but it’s up to them now.”

THE Myrtle­ford Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try have in­tro­duced a new Free Dump Point Voucher for trav­ellers.

Pres­i­dent Frank Ivone said that the cham­ber did not sup­port the in­stal­la­tion of a free dump point in Myrtle­ford given both the two car­a­van parks in town had ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties which are avail­able to the pub­lic at a small fee.

“So rather than in­tro­duc­ing new in­fra­struc­ture that re­quires on­go­ing main­te­nance, the cham­ber has de­cided to pick up the tab for trav­ellers,” he added.

Vouch­ers can be col­lected from the Myrtle­ford Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and are re­deemable at both Arderns Car­a­van Park and Myrtle­ford Hol­i­day Park.

“The Myrtle­ford Cham­ber of Com­merce val­ues our town’s vis­i­tors even if they are just pass­ing through our beau­ti­ful town,” Mr Ivone said.

“(Trav­ellers can) feel free to take a com­pli­men­tary dump on us and maybe stay a few days in one of our car­a­van parks next time they are down this way.”

The voucher is re­deemable at ei­ther of the two car­a­van parks af­ter trav­ellers pro­vide their post­code.

The pro­gram will not be avail­able dur­ing peak Easter and Christ­mas hol­i­days.

AL­MOST THROUGH: Year 12 stu­dents at Bright P-12 Col­lege are in their fi­nal weeks of school.

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