Year 12 Graduation Ceremony 2017
On Thursday of our last week of term, Week 10, we held our Graduation Ceremony for Year 12, 2017.
This event was a joyous celebration of the students schooling at Korowal, and their families.
For Charlie, Callum, Violet, Suri, and their families, Korowal has been their school from kindy. Over the
years, others have come and gone, and formed the group that is Year 12, 2017. This includes Raph,
Rommenie, Jasmine, Conal, Will, George, Tom, Hannah, Jaz, and Saskia. We are very proud of them.
Korowal has been their chrysalis, the shelter that nurtured their transformation from childhood to
This year we farewell eleven families, as the graduates are either the only child or the youngest child to
have been at Korowal!
This class has had some dynamic characters, yet the graduating students are a quiet and considered group,
with some energetic outbursts and a lot of talent. While they know change, the next step is possibly the
greatest change they will encounter for some time. There is now so much to learn about themselves in
relation to the wider world.
As they leave us, may they step forward with confidence in the achievements of their lives up until now.
They have negotiated relationships and forged strong friendships; they have asked for, accepted and given
help; they know that in our mistakes lie our greatest learning.
They leave Korowal with skills that will transfer to future study and work situations, and with compassion and
heart. The world needs them for their patience, kindness, friendship, knowledge, initiative and commitment-
qualities that will make a difference to all they encounter.
While this first phase of learning is coming to an end, learning is a lifelong endeavour. To quote an American
Philosopher, Eric Hoffer:
In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal
with a world that no longer exists.
To each of you, may you take your appetite for learning with you. Open your eyes, your hearts and your minds
to all that is before you and allow yourselves to be constantly surprised.
You now emerge from our chrysalis with wings to fly, individual patterning and distinctive colours. We are so
proud of each of you.
We wish you all the very best as you explore directions yet unknown and unexamined. We are only a phone call
or message away, and we will continue to listen, advise and care if needed.
Congratulations on your graduation, Class of 2017!
We extend our special thanks to Neill Duncan and Neill’s Armee for their entertainment at the graduation ceremony.
Two of the members of this band, Callum Ryan and Violet Barrett, graduate this year.
May you all have a safe and relaxing holiday.
Photo Credit: David Tobin