Friday night will be our first Valedictory Dinner (at the Wild Goose). It will be a night, where with parents, we farewell our Year 12 students.
They will still come to the Celebration Night and most of them still have their ATAR exams ahead of them, but this is a chance to celebrate their journey at MCC and the new roads opening before them in a more personal way. Some have been together since the beginning of school.
I couldn’t have asked for a finer group of students to be our first Year 12 graduates. It has been a joy to see them mature and grow in confidence and ability. I have been regularly told by their teachers how well they are doing and their impressive results. Overall, they have been great examples to younger students and to see the people they have become has been a great encouragement to me. I’m proud of them.
It has caused me to reflect on the profound responsibility involved in schooling young men and women. They begin by learning to write a wobbly alphabet, they leave prepared to go into the working world or to further advanced study. They were completely dependent, they are becoming independent.
We are creating a wall sculpture of a tree to commemorate every student who completes Year 12 at MCC. Beginning with roots and developing to branches then leaves, each student will have an individually shaped ceramic plaque with their name on it. I love the image. Every student is unique and has contributed to our college. Each are important and will be remembered.
I’m going to miss having them around, but look forward to seeing how their futures unfold. At the Valedictory Dinner, I will have the privilege of addressing them as their principal, I’ll be speaking about having faith and being kind. I can’t think of anything that will set them up better to walk into their futures.
Mr Rod McNeill
|Drawn by Year 12 student Jasmine O|