St Joseph’s grade six students graduate
FINISHING grade six is an important rite of passage even more so at a small country school.
This year Nagambie’s St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School’s seven grade six students were congratulated on completing their primary school years at the end of year mass held at the newly renovated St Malachy’s Catholic church.
The school song led the start of the service grade six students welcomed everyone to the mass, read the Bible readings and gave the prayers of the faithful during the service.
Holy Communion was served by Leo Jones and Deane Page.
Father Tony Hill, parish priest celebrated the mass for the whole school community and thanked Leo Jones for his fine job as a principal and said he had appointed him again for next year.
He spoke of his early school and seminary years in Victorian schools.
He congratulated the grade six pupils and said they were very special to St Joseph’s school and was pleased they had received seven years of good Catholic education from the school and he was sorry to see them leave it to go onto high school.
The end of primary school means they are on the threshold of a new era in their lives and are all keen and eager to move onto secondary school to advance their formal education.
He concluded with stating that the whole parish and school community were proud of them.
School principal Leo Jones thanked the Fr Tony Hill, and publicly acknowledged his staff for their dedication, all the unseen extra work they do for the school.
The school camp, events, the strategic plan, Parents and Friends group for functions and fundraising, parents, grandparents, carers and volunteers.
Each grade of St Joseph’s from foundation class to grade five was presented with a certificate by their teacher to remember their 2018 school year.
Grade six students were honoured by the school community at the final presentation of awards segment of the evening.
They received their certificate, a booklet and a medal to commemorate their time at St Joseph’s.
The awards ceremony saw Holly Boyer presented with the Margaret Perry Memorial award on behalf of Max Perry.
Katie Perry received the Lions Club of Nagambie and District Inc. award for Excellence in all areas of school life.
A joint award for the Kevin Verge Memorial award for Excellence in Mathematics on behalf of the Verge family was awarded to Wil Gladwin and Lara Rae Berens.
Tom Mason was awarded the Nagambie RSL award, newly introduced this year and school principal Leo Jones presented it on behalf of David Keall, RSL president on the night.
Crystal Gribbin was presented with the Art Award from teacher Sue Deane.
The Weary Dunlop award presented on behalf of Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) who wrote a letter to the recipient stating she would look forward to meeting them at parliament house in 2019 went to Aliza Thackeray.
The St Joseph’s grade sixers will remember their primary school days with fondness and were happy to be congratulated on their endeavours at the primary school’s end of year mass.