School’s out for Year 12 stu­dents

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

School’s out for Year 12 stu­dents in Broome, who said their fi­nal good­byes and cel­e­brated their grad­u­a­tion re­cently.

Broome Se­nior High School recorded its high­est num­ber of grad­u­ates in its 45-year his­tory, with ex­actly 100 stu­dents cross­ing the stage at a cer­e­mony at Broome Civic Cen­tre last month.

The 400 in at­ten­dance saw Joris Guex named dux of the col­lege for uni­ver­sity-bound stud­ies, with Jade Har­ris win­ning ve­teri­nary dux.

Prin­ci­pal Saeed Amin de­scribed the achieve­ment of the school as “amaz­ing”.

“This is a credit to our staff, who are ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted to chang­ing lives,” he said.

“It’s also a credit to our fan­tas­tic stu­dents, as well as par­ents and car­ers whose be­lief in their school in the com­mu­nity is to­tal. Thank you to ev­ery­one who has con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of our stu­dents.”

In an ad­dress to their peers, head boy and girl Rex McCor­mack and Penny Fin­ni­gan said it was an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to rep­re­sent the school. “We have grown as a co­hort and learnt off each other to make us who we are to­day,” they said.

“Our friend­ships with one an­other strength­ened and it has, and will con­tinue to be, hard to say good­bye to the school.

“Good luck to the grad­u­at­ing class of 2017.

“We wish you a bright fu­ture wher­ever you may go. Make the most of your time here, spend your life do­ing what you love and then you will achieve suc­cess.”

While the stu­dents spruced up nicely for their cer­e­mony, they let their hair down a lit­tle to dress as fa­mous icons for their farewell break­fast, be­fore a sur­prise “dance out” by Mr Amin at the fi­nal assem­bly.

Al­though a much smaller co­hort, the cel­e­bra­tions were still on a large scale at St Mary’s Col­lege.

The Civic Cen­tre also played host to the school’s cer­e­mony, where 22 stu­dents re­ceived their cer­tifi­cates in front of friends and fam­ily, in­clud­ing five who had been at the school since kinder­garten.

A mass was then held for the grad­u­ates and their fam­i­lies, be­fore they en­joyed a din­ner at the Ca­ble Beach Club.

Prin­ci­pal Michael Pep­per said he was very proud of the achieve­ments of the grad­u­at­ing class.

“The stu­dents have been ex­cel­lent role mod­els for younger classes in the col­lege,” he said.

“They have not only fo­cused on aca­demic suc­cess, but also serv­ing the school and lo­cal com­mu­nity in nu­mer­ous ways.

“I’m proud of ev­ery one of our grad­u­ates and the great teach­ing and learn­ing pro­grams de­liv­ered by our ded­i­cated staff.”

The Broome Se­nior High School grad­u­at­ing class of 2017.

St Mary's Col­lege's grad­u­at­ing class of 2017 at their cer­e­mony at Broome Civic Cen­tre.

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