Pho­tos chron­i­cle school life

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

MONTO State High School’s grad­u­at­ing stu­dents took away a tan­gi­ble sym­bol of their growth at this year’s grad­u­a­tion for­mal.

At ev­ery ta­ble at the Monto com­mu­nity hall, where the for­mal was held last Thurs­day night, there was a per­son­alised photo box for each of the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, dec­o­rated with a photo rep­re­sent­ing each of their last five school years.

The boxes were made by Year 12 co-or­di­na­tor Kirsten Burgess, who or­gan­ised the for­mal and had been co-or­di­na­tor to the co­hort for their en­tire high school life.

“I started as co-or­di­na­tor for them in Year 8 and I kept ev­ery photo that had been taken,” Mrs Burgess said.

Mrs Burgess, whose son Dy­lan was among the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents and took away sev­eral top prizes at last week’s awards night in­clud­ing Dux, said it was a way of shar­ing these ex­pe­ri­ences with the other par­ents.

“I had the good for­tune of go­ing to school ev­ery day with my son, and this was my way of giv­ing back to the par­ents who didn’t al­ways get that ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“I wanted to do some­thing that would give back to par­ents vis­ually.”

The pho­tos were taken from school trips, sporting events and the like, pro­vid­ing a time cap­sule for each of the stu­dents’ fam­i­lies.

I wanted to do some­thing that would give back to par­ents vis­ually. — Kirsten Burgess

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

SPE­CIAL MEM­O­RIES: Ryan Pick­er­ing with a per­son­alised photo box.

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