A Valedictory Year Unlike Any Other!
It was a valedictory year unlike any other with no dancing at formals, assessment altered, sport scrapped and school trips canned.
Even the time-honoured tradition of schoolies, which began in the 70’s, and was the rite of passage for so many of the graduate’s parents, was cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns.
Despite the setbacks, nothing could mar the enthusiasm of the class of 2020 who demonstrated grit, resilience, and maturity beyond their years to graduate.
“We did it!” Year 12 Canterbury College student, Angela Koranski, said.
“We were the first preppies, the first year 7 students to enter high school, the first to receive an ATAR instead of an OP and the first in a century to graduate during a pandemic.”
“I don’t think there is anything the class of 2020 cannot do.” she said.
Canterbury College students formed a guard of honour to guide their year twelve students to the events centre for final roll call. There was barely a dry eye in the auditorium as parents proudly watched their graduates grace the stage one last time.
Among the graduating students were 31 of the original Prep cohort who began their schooling career at the college.
“My twin brother Alex and I have been at the college for 14 years beginning in pre-school in 2006.” Angie said.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better education with so many amazing teachers helping us on our way and we’ve formed lifelong friendships.”
“I’m so excited about the future and all that life has to offer,” she said.
Angela has been offered early acceptance at Queensland University of Technology in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music).
Final results and electronic statements/certificates for Year 12 Graduates will be available on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s learning account from Saturday, 19th December 2020.