Grad­u­ates pass on thanks at cel­e­bra­tion of school­ing

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Year 12 stu­dents at Derby District High school came to­gether one last time to cel­e­brate their grad­u­a­tion re­cently, on a night filled with laughs, tears and a great sense of ac­com­plish­ment.

Twenty grad­u­ates graced the stage at the school’s Max Clarke Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 29, in recog­ni­tion of their 14 years of school­ing.

Rachael Atkins was named dux of the col­lege for univer­sity-bound stud­ies. Emani Iga won VET stu­dent of the year, af­ter com­plet­ing one cer­tifi­cate I qual­i­fi­ca­tion and three cer­tifi­cate II qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Deputy prin­ci­pal se­nior school Matt Dowell said the evening as a highlight of the school year.

“It was a fit­ting trib­ute to our Year 12 stu­dents,” he said.

“It is nights like this which show the pos­i­tive im­pact teach­ers have on their stu­dents and it was ter­rific to see.

“The stu­dents looked dash­ing and their fam­i­lies could not have been more proud of them all.”

Head girl Marika Ross spoke to her peers and guests on the night and used the op­por­tu­nity to thank teach­ers for their heard work.

“In my younger years, I thought a good teacher was one that let me play, never re­ally minded if I was ab­sent or didn’t stress if I hadn’t handed in my work,” she said.

“But I was wrong. We all know that our best teach­ers have been the ones that ex­pected more from us, re­fused to ac­cept our ex­cuses and made the time to lis­ten and sup­port us. “To you, we are grate­ful.” Stu­dents across WA, in­clud­ing Derby District, St Mary’s Col­lege and Broome Se­nior High School, are cur­rently sit­ting their ATAR ex­ams, with the fi­nal writ­ten test on Novem­ber 21. Ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing min­is­ter Sue Ellery wished the stu­dents all the best.

“This is an im­por­tant time, but stu­dents should re­mem­ber not to be too tough on them­selves and to trust in the hard work they’ve put in,” she said.

Derby District High School Year 12 grad­u­ates came to­gether to cel­e­brate their grad­u­a­tion re­cently.

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