Tear­ful good­bye for Hed­land stu­dents

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Sy­narah Mur­phy

Each stu­dent leaves . . . with his or her own per­sonal story of chal­lenges met and suc­cesses achieved. Bill Mann

It was a full house at the Matt Dann Theatre last Wed­nes­day, with more than 85 Year 12 stu­dents say­ing their fi­nal tear­ful good­byes to their peers, teach­ers and, for some, the town.

Hed­land Se­nior High School stu­dents ner­vously awaited their fi­nal walk to grad­u­a­tion, be­fore prin­ci­pal Bill Mann pre­sented the cer­e­mony and wished the class of 2018 a suc­cess­ful fu­ture.

“There are many good rea­sons why the stu­dents, the school staff, and the par­ents of our grad­u­at­ing class of 2018 will be proud of their achieve­ments,” Mr Mann said.

“Each stu­dent leaves Hed­land Se­nior High School with his or her own per­sonal story of chal­lenges met and suc­cesses achieved.

“The fu­ture for these young peo­ple is there for them to en­joy, and our whole school com­mu­nity wishes them ev­ery suc­cess.”

Stu­dents re­ceived awards for high achieve­ment in aca­demics, sports, work­place learn­ing and com­mu­nity ser­vice, pre­sented and do­nated by the com­mu­nity.

ATAR dux Adinda Tiara said her ad­vice for next year’s stu­dents would be to start study­ing at the be­gin­ning of the year, and prac­tise out­side school hours.

“I think like start early, don’t cram ev­ery­thing at the end of the year be­cause that’s re­ally bad, and re­ally hard,” she said. “I’ve ap­plied for univer­sity, I’m hop­ing for en­gi­neer­ing at Curtin Univer­sity but I’m still wait­ing for the re­sults, I re­ally want to do chem­i­cal (en­gi­neer­ing).”

Quinn Wilkin­son, hon­oured as dux of VET, said she would be start­ing work at a cloth­ing bou­tique store in Perth af­ter school.

“You can al­ways do bet­ter than what you think you can, I didn’t think I did that well,” she said.

“I don’t know yet, I’m not sure what I want to do . . . I’ve got a job lined up down there (in Perth), but I don’t know if I’m go­ing to study or get a full-time job.”

The Hed­land Se­nior High School Class of 2018.

Adinda Tiara, 17, dux ATAR, and Quinn Wilkin­son, 17, dux VET.

Corey Rus­sell, 17, re­ceives the ma­te­ri­als de­sign tech­nol­ogy wood prize from Philip Mur­ray.

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