From the Headmaster's blog...
Posted 17 August, 2017
Reflections on Year 12 (Part 1)
Term 3 is the final year of attendance at the College for Year 12. It is an important milestone in life and a time to reflect over more than half of a life. Please continue to pray for Year 12 as they work hard towards their HSC, at the same time as they reflect on their past and ponder their future. Over the next two weeks, the memories and advice from the 2016 College Captains may act as a focal point for your thoughts and prayers.
Andrew Ramage, Boys’ College Captain 2016: We have finally made it to the end of the road that never seemed to be ending. Yet at the same time, everyone was right, it did go fast. We have learnt so much in our time here. Through the intensities of College life and the HSC I personally have really started to learn the importance of respecting time and the amazing feats that can come from hard work.
Time has been given to all of us, it is something that we cannot influence or change. I’m sure if we could influence time most of us would’ve sped time forward to this very moment. But would this moment feel as special as it does now if we did?
I arrived at the College in 2011, and I remember sitting in the Flynn Auditorium for the Year 7 Orientation Day, and Mrs Perri started off with “Welcome to the class of 2016”. Back then I was thinking “according to ‘Back to the Future’, by then we’ll have hover boards and holographic video transmissions” so I am a bit disappointed to say the least.
Secondary has been truly an exciting and memorable time in our lives. It shapes us as people, and teaches what we want to do or who we want to be. And I don’t mean, “I want to be a doctor or lawyer”. I mean something much more important. Do we want to be selfless, caring, loving and compassionate? Do we want to be an individual that people can trust and rely on, a person that our friends and family turn to in a time of need? These inner most personal characteristics are so important and each person cherishes them differently.
We may have heard people saying “talent can only take you so far, but hard work can ultimately see you succeed”. Sometimes we work really hard and still fail, but to achieve success is not about reaching the finish line first: It’s about failing over and over and over again until success is your only option. It’s about persevering through the hard times, to enjoy the good. It’s about not giving up.
Be patient with life and one another, and work hard. You don’t have to be smart, you don’t have to be strong, you don’t have to be anything. Stay patient, work hard and be selfless.
There are many things that my Graduating group would also hold dear as they reflect on their time at the College. All the amazing times we have had, all the laughs, all the carnivals, camps, classes, musicals, excursions, homework clubs. And the best part about all of it was at every step of the way, we’ve all had friends to accompany us, and to share the good times with.
I would like to thank all the teachers and staff who have taught and supported my whole grade from
Kindergarten to now. I’d like to thank all the mentors for Year 12. Thank you for guiding us through this tough time; and of course to all our parents who have supported us to this point.
This College is about people and people are worth the investment.