Graduates pass on thanks at celebration of schooling

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Year 12 students at Derby District High school came together one last time to celebrate their graduation recently, on a night filled with laughs, tears and a great sense of accomplishment.

Twenty graduates graced the stage at the school’s Max Clarke Performing Arts Centre on October 29, in recognition of their 14 years of schooling.

Rachael Atkins was named dux of the college for university-bound studies. Emani Iga won VET student of the year, after completing one certificate I qualification and three certificate II qualifications.

Deputy principal senior school Matt Dowell said the evening as a highlight of the school year.

“It was a fitting tribute to our Year 12 students,” he said.

“It is nights like this which show the positive impact teachers have on their students and it was terrific to see.

“The students looked dashing and their families could not have been more proud of them all.”

Head girl Marika Ross spoke to her peers and guests on the night and used the opportunity to thank teachers for their heard work.

“In my younger years, I thought a good teacher was one that let me play, never really minded if I was absent or didn’t stress if I hadn’t handed in my work,” she said.

“But I was wrong. We all know that our best teachers have been the ones that expected more from us, refused to accept our excuses and made the time to listen and support us.

“To you, we are grateful.”

Students across WA, including Derby District, St Mary’s College and Broome Senior High School, are currently sitting their ATAR exams, with the final written test on November 21. Education and training minister Sue Ellery wished the students all the best.

“This is an important time, but students should remember not to be too tough on themselves and to trust in the hard work they’ve put in,” she said.

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