High school cel­e­brates achieve­ment

Pilbara News - - Education - Bran­wen Smith

■ A year of achieve­ment and hopes of a bright fu­ture were cen­tral to cel­e­bra­tions by sec­ondary stu­dents and staff of Ex­mouth Dis­trict High School at their grad­u­a­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony on De­cem­ber 9.

The cer­e­mony was held at Ex­mouth Shire Hall and marked by a dis­play of pho­to­graphs, live mu­sic and some out­stand­ing speeches.

The vale­dic­tory ad­dress and re­sponses were read by Year 12 stu­dent Ja­coba Quayle and EDHS science teacher Susie Bed­ford.

Ja­coba also sung the na­tional an­them and stu­dents Jackson Wright and Jesse Parkin­son gave a well-re­ceived per­for­mance of Green Day’s hit Time of Your Life.

The fo­cus was on the school’s eight Year 12 stu­dents, but a range of awards marked the range of achieve­ments at the school.

EDHS prin­ci­pal Ray Den­holm said he was ex­tremely proud that the school’s Year 12 co­hort had achieved a 100 per cent grad­u­a­tion rate and that sev­eral had at­tained ATAR scores en­abling them to en­rol in the univer­sity cour­ses of their choice.

“Over­all I thought it was a very pro­fes­sion­ally con­ducted pre­sen­ta­tion that ex­em­pli­fied some of the ex­cel­lent teach­ing and learn­ing tak­ing place at EDHS,” he said.

The fu­ture is look­ing bright for the most se­nior years at the school, which his­tor­i­cally ex­pe­ri­enced a big drop in num­bers for Years 11 and 12, re­sult­ing in the ma­jor­ity of sub­jects be­ing taught through dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion.

That is set to change with a rise in the num­ber of Year 11 stu­dents in­tend­ing to study at the school next year.

En­rol­ment for Years 11 and 12 is pro­jected to dou­ble from 2015 fig­ures to 2017.

Mr Den­holm said the school was gain­ing suf­fi­cient num­bers to of­fer more face-to-face de­liv­ery of sub­jects.

Pic­tures: Bran­wen Smith

Year 12s Nathan O’Don­nell, Te­rina Collins, Ja­coba Quayle, Kai­ley But­ler and Jesse Wood­ward cel­e­brate their grad­u­a­tion.

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