It’s the final countdown
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.