CONGRADS TO OUR YEARS 12S
HAVING already written three novels before graduating
Year 12, Grace Harvey is looking forward to what’s next in store. Heading to Brisbane to further her studies, she’s got her sights set on a bright future.
“I’m off to hopefully do a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing at QUT,” she said.
“I’ve been a really avid reader since I was young, and it’s just grown from there.
“I’ve written three novels already, finding time wherever I can.” Inspired by her parents’ drive and involvement in the community, Grace is hoping to get into editing and work towards getting her works published.
“In five years hopefully I’ll be in Brisbane or Sydney or maybe overseas, hopefully writing, if not editing for a company,” she said.
“I think Roma will always be a big part of my growing. I don’t think I’ll come back to live here but I’ll visit often. I think my parents will be proud of me as long as I’m happy and doing something I love.”
Grace credits her English teachers as some of her greatest supporters.
“Mr Aire and Mr Doig have both really pushed me and have had a really big impact on my English and humanities studies,” she said.
“They’ve also been involved with me in my leadership capacity and have always been a part of the things I’m doing. “I think the four school values have really been instilled in me, and the sense of community I’ll definitely take with me wherever I go.”
WITH plans to spend 2020 taking a gap year, Brianna Knayer said it was just a step on her path to becoming a teacher.
“I’ll hopefully spend the first six months working full time in Roma and then after that I’d like to do some travel,” she said.
“After that I’ll probably go to USQ in Toowoomba to study.
It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do and my mum is a teacher.”
Brianna said in five years she would hopefully be graduating, and possibly thinking of heading back to Roma to start her teaching career.
“One thing I have learned from Roma State College is not to leave things until the last minute, because it doesn’t always work out,” she said.
THE four key aspects of a St John’s education – respect, justice, compassion and excellence – will be carried wherever Mark-John Jocson goes.
“Mrs Parker has really preached that to me over the last two years when she’s been my form teacher,” he said.
“She does it with so much respect for me, and I have so much respect for her.
“Mr Bartulis and Mr Aire are two other teachers I really appreciate. They both ensure we work hard but that we have fun. They’ve created really good learning environments.” Currently, Mark is looking to TAFE for an apprenticeship in software engineering or IT to keep him busy next year.
“It’s what I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I enjoy seeing how technology works, I find it very interesting,” he said.
“In five years’ time, hopefully
I’ll be pursuing what I want to pursue, and I want to be independent. “I just want to do what I want to do over the next couple of years.”
Jeriah Sharpe. THE outgoing college captain will head to Brisbane next year, to study something he has long been passionate about. “I’m going to study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at University of Queensland,” he said. “I wanted to be involved in the sport and health industry, it’s something I’ve always been passionate about.” Jeriah said his PE teacher, Miss Kramer, had been one of his greatest support systems. “She’s always encouraged me to be better in the sporting areas,” he said. “I think the main lessons I’ve learned here at this school is to be resilient and stay strong.” When asked where he hopes to be in five years: “Hopefully I’ll be near the end of my degree, and I hope to come back out here when I finish. The Outback is so peaceful.”
Martin Kenna LOOKING forward to a year of working and travelling before he begins his career in the Australian Navy, Martin Kenna is grateful for the support of his school teachers and mates. “Next year, I’m taking a gap year before I go and join the navy as a marine technician, I’ve always wanted to join the defence force,” he said. “Marine technician is like a diesel fitter except on a boat, so all that mechanical stuff. “Next year I hope to travel a bit before I enlist, because then it’s six years.” With strong roots to the Sunshine Coast, Martin hopes to find his way back east in the future. “In five years hopefully I’ll be in the defence force, but if not I want to be qualified in some other trade, hopefully back at the Sunny Coast,” he said. “My parents are both very supportive. And I’ve had some great teacher mentors.” Martin said Mr Swires and Mr Aire had both been incredibly supportive of his decisions and offered him insight. “I was also a prefect this year, so that helped grow my leadership and organisational skills,” he said. “The bond in our grade was really strong as well, so building those relationships with people is something I'll take with me from St Johns.”
Jess Harland SWAPPING the Australian bush for French wine and cheese country, Jess Harland is jetting off to France for 12 months. “I’m doing Rotary Youth Exchange, so I’ll be living in France for 12 months,” she said. “I do speak a little French, but I’ll be living with a host family and doing their Year 12 in French.” A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Jess has long helped her local Rotary club, and when they offered, it was a chance she couldn’t turn down. “It’ll be a great experience. I’m a bit nervous, but I’ve always wanted to travel.” On her return, Jess hopes to get into a degree in medical imaging, in Brisbane or Mackay. When asked what lessons she’d take forward from her schooling life: “Mr Nebe has been a really great support for me when things have gone wrong,” she said. “Sometimes you don’t always get along with people, but you just have to grow up and move on.”