Finishing Year 6 is an important rite of passage, and even more so at a small country school.
This year Nagambie’s St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School congratulated its two Year 6 students on completing their primary school years at the end-of -year Mass held on December 20 at St Malachy’s church.
Parish priest Father Tony Hill celebrated the Mass for the whole school community and was assisted for Holy Communion by school principal Leo Jones, Sue Deane and Finola Price.
Fr Hill advised the two St Joseph’s students to be trustworthy in their future lives.
Mr Jones thanked Fr Hill, the staff and school community and volunteers for their care, support and dedication in the past challenging year.
Each student from Prep to Year 6 was presented with a certificate by their teacher as a memento of their 2017 school year.
The two Year 6 students were honoured by other students and families at the presentation and each received a certificate, a book of photos, a video and a medallion to commemorate their Year 6 year.
The Margaret Perry Award for a student who has achieved results through hard work and perseverance went to Daisy Loughnane, and the Lions Club of Nagambie and District Inc. award for a student who has shown excellence in all areas of school life was presented by club president Margaret Wilson to both Anthony McKeown and Daisy Loughnane.
The Kevin Verge award for a student who excelled in mathematics went to Anthony McKeown on behalf of the Verge family.
The Weary Dunlop Award, for a student who succeeds despite adversity was presented by Member for Euroa Steph Ryan, who wrote a letter to the recipient stating she would look forward to meeting them at Parliament House in 2018.
The award was presented to Crystal Gribbin by Mr Jones.
Following the end-of-year Mass, school community members gathered for a meal in the St Mary MacKillop hall.
— Diane Grant