Valedictorians celebrated at Unity College

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There was a lot of excitement at the Unity College steeple last Monday as year 12 students gathered for their graduation and the announcement of this year’s award winners.

Subject awards were presented to 17 students across 28 subjects

According to the Head of the Senior School Corrin Townsend, 2017 has been a year of high achievement and excellent learning.

“We thank those people from our wider school community and beyond who have blessed our school and its students by the gifts of encouragement that they offered and which the students received with their awards.

“We thank God for all of our students and the rich tapestry they create at Unity College. We are proud of their achievements and we acknowledge those who have served their school and have achieved in their academic pursuits.

“We also acknowledge the wonderful support of our parents and caregivers in the partnership we share of nurturing and guiding these young people in our care.”

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At the event year 12 student leaders Sarah Crane, Brayden Martin, Michael Jaensch and Shaylee Jacobs addressed those in attendance, expressing their excitement for the years ahead.

“Graduating is an exciting time,” Sarah Fewster said.

“It’s both an ending and a beginning; its warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future.

“Our time at Unity has allowed us all to learn important and valuable life skills and lessons not just through what is learnt from a book, but has been learnt through the actions of others.

“We have survived the year, but we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of our teachers and support staff. We’d like to say a massive thank you to you all.

“We appreciate all of the time, effort and support you have given to us to get us through the year. This support has allowed us to strive and achieve everything that we put our hearts and minds towards… to become our very best.”

In the Principal’s address, presented by Mrs Kaye Mathwin-Cox, it was said that “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

“The memories you take with (students) from this year and previous years make up the Unity College story because you are, and always will be a part of Unity College.

“Your memories of this place will be etched into stories that you have experienced over the past 13 years since you began school, and, as you build your life’s journey, chapter by chapter, the Unity College stories will be there.

Having given you more than just a memory but a set of experiences, of life lessons, and of values that have helped to shape you into who you are today.

This story Valedictorians celebrated first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.