Special spread celebrating country kids graduating
BEFORE she heads off for her first year working full-time on a cattle station, Leah Kath will be helping her parents in their own stock camp.
The teen has dusted off Year 12 and is looking forward to her working gap year before starting university in 2020.
Her graduation image, which is of her sitting pretty on a rusty old ute playing guitar, was among the formal photos shared by the Bush Kids Facebook page.
Every year Bush Kids, a site geared at promoting the vital role young people fill in rural Australia, shares images of high school graduates.
This year’s batch didn’t disappoint with young people posing with heifers, footy boots and horses.
Growing up on Mt Leonard Station, located between Birdsville and Windorah, Leah laughed off the idea she would be on ‘holidays’ until her real job started.
“My family lives on a
1.9 million acre place where we run cattle,” she said.
“Mum and dad are happy to have me back, I think they are keen to put me to work.”
Leah was thrilled to finish high school and will pay homage to hours she spent working alongside her dad Henning and mum Lorraine in the stock camp on Mt Leonard, as she has taken a position on Glengyle Station as a jillaroo.
“I am really excited to start working and earning money and making my own way,” she said.
“I can’t wait to get out there and learn a bit more.”
The property is about 280km from her family home. Leah has another close friend who will be taking a gap year on a station, and a few others chose to stay on in Townsville.
The former boarding captain has fond memories of the Cathedral School in Townsville.
While the first couple of years, after being taught through Mt Isa School of the Air for all her primary school, were an adjustment, she made friends for life.
“When I look back on it now, I loved it. I made some really close friendships, I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to be a boarder.”
Leah decided early on she wanted to take a gap year.
“For me Year 11 and 12 were full on, I just wanted a break from studying,” she said.
“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do until about half way through this year, uni was always an option but I knew I didn’t want to go straight there.”
Leah has applied to study a Bachelor of Equine Science, a degree she believes will help her find work within the horse industry.
“It involves a lot of behaviours and nutrition management, I am hoping that will help me get into horse breeding and management.”
When Leah isn’t working alongside her parents or riding horses, she is playing music. She started guitar lessons in Year 4 and picked up the flute in Year 11 – her lessons may have stopped but she is determined to keep playing.
See more grad pictures by searching ‘Bush Kids’ on Facebook.
Ryan Catholic College graduate Heath O’Keeffe is an avid rodeo competitor in timed events. He is keen to find an apprenticeship.
Emalee Rose Deaves from Dysart, Queensland is looking simply magnificent.
NEXT STEP IN LIFE: Leah Kath, from Mt Leonard Station near Windorah, will take a gap year on a cattle property next year.
Luke Sullivan and Isabel White graduated from Dalby Christian College. Next year Luke will carry on with his boilermaking apprenticeship and Isabel plans to start her traineeship through Rural Services.