Dux shares in­spir­ing ad­vice

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Be­nalla’s FCJ Col­lege held its an­nual Dux Assem­bly on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, with the class of 2017 be­ing recog­nised for out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

Those who achieved the high­est study score in each sub­ject were ac­knowl­edged by the whole school com­mu­nity for their out­stand­ing ef­forts.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Joanne Rock con­grat­u­lated all stu­dents, high­light­ing the suc­cess of the Col­lege Dux Abbey Pearce and the Run­ner-Up Dux Tay­lah Kirk, and praised them for their com­mit­ment and per­sis­tence.

‘‘Our awardees to­day have shown us what can be achieved through hard work and tal­ent,’’ Ms Rock said.

‘‘Their ex­am­ple, their pas­sion and their ded­i­ca­tion are an in­spi­ra­tion to us all. These are fab­u­lous re­sults by any mea­sure, but I think that Abbey, Tay­lah and the other award re­cip­i­ents’ ap­proach to their Year 12 high­lighted what is re­ally im­por­tant.

‘‘Your ATAR score is sim­ply a num­ber and recog­ni­tion of your Year 12 aca­demic achieve­ments.

‘‘It does not mea­sure all that you achieve, nor de­fine who you are per­son­ally and it cer­tainly does not de­fine your fu­ture.

‘‘Your fu­ture is in your hands and de­pends on your dreams, your com­mit­ment and sheer hard work, which turns your dreams into a re­al­ity and of­ten leads to ex­cel­lence and suc­cess.

‘‘As Win­ston Churchill once said: ‘Suc­cess is not fi­nal, fail­ure is not fa­tal; it is the courage to con­tinue that counts.’

‘‘All of these stu­dents will con­tinue to fail, learn from those mis­takes, press on and achieve big things, be­cause each one of them can see the ben­e­fits of hard work and ef­fort.

‘‘I wish them all the very best in the next part of their jour­ney and will leave them and all of you with this last point to pon­der: The dif­fer­ence be­tween who you are and who you want to be is what you do . . . so get out there and do what it takes to be the best you can be.’’

Abbey, the dux with an im­pres­sive ATAR score of 92.55, also ad­dressed the com­mu­nity and passed on some of her strate­gies and tips that she be­lieved as­sisted her dur­ing the year.

‘‘Suc­cess in Year 12 cer­tainly does not come from hard work done in just one year, but from six years of de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­se­ver­ance,’’ Abbey said.

‘‘So I can­not stress the im­por­tance of al­ways try­ing even when it isn’t ‘the cool thing’ to do, as at the end of the day you will be the one who suc­ceeds.

‘‘I would not be stand­ing here with­out the help of my won­der­ful teach­ers, not just in Year 12, but from Year 7.

‘‘Your teach­ers be­come your friends dur­ing your VCE years, they are there to sup­port you all the way, so never hes­i­tate to ask them ques­tions or sim­ply have a chat with them.

‘‘Also, do not for­get how im­por­tant your fam­ily is dur­ing this year, af­ter all they are the ones who are right there to sup­port you and keep you go­ing till the very end.

‘‘Re­mem­ber the im­por­tance of hav­ing bal­ance in your life. For me I never stud­ied on Fri­day nights — it was my only break for the week but in the end you need to work out what suits you best.’’

Abbey con­cluded her speech by wish­ing this year’s stu­dents the best of luck.

The assem­bly was fol­lowed by lunch for all the award re­cip­i­ents, their teach­ers and par­ents.

Con­grat­u­la­tions: FCJ prin­ci­pal Joanne Rock with 2017 grad­u­ate Lena Lay at the an­nual Dux Assem­bly.

Well done: FCJ prin­ci­pal Joanne Rock and stu­dent Michaela Humphries at the Dux Assem­bly.

Suc­cess­ful: Abbey Pearce and Tay­lah Kirk.

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