CONGRADS TO OUR YEARS 12S

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Grace Har­vey

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.”

Bri­anna Knaye

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.

Mark-John Joc­son

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.”

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