Last week we celebrated with Year 12. The Sausage Cup, Graduation, a fun assembly of Year 12 creative videos and then a more formal Secondary School Assembly.
Class of 2010 Graduation
Fun Final Assembly
The very talented Year 12 created a series of videos highlighting different aspects of the school, fellow students and some staff. Thanks for making us laugh - and maybe cry. These videos will not be posted here as they were created for an internal audience!
This whole Secondary school assembly included the current Captains and Vice Captains pinning the badges on the new Captains and Vice Captains. Some students also received Principals Awards.
Each year students from infants are asked to present a Gerber to a departing Year 12 student. This is a wonderful way of bringing the two ends of our school community together. Thanks infants for waiting so patiently and helping make it a special day. Many of the Year 12 students had started at Covenant in Kindy.
Last Day Activities
Year 12 decorated the playground, parked very poorly, threw some water bombs and enjoyed some music with the school community!
Thank you to parents, friends, staff and other students who helped Year 12 celebrate this special day. It was wonderful to see several former students return and join in.
Here is Vice Captain Daniel Robinson's farewell speech...
I would like first to acknowledge the Guringai people as the traditional inhabitants and owners of this land. Good morning Year 12 2010, parents, students and teachers. Today marks the last day of our schooling career, a day of happiness, and a day of sadness.
For some people, Covenant will have been the only school they have ever known, having started at Covenant back in 1998 in Kindergarten. For others, Covenant will have been their school for only a short period. But for everyone in Year 12, today marks the day that we must farewell Covenant, as we graduate together.
Here at Covenant we really are blessed to have received an education enriched with the teaching of the Bible in many of our subjects. Whether it has been Mr Muddle’s christian perspective on gambling and probability in Maths, Mrs Glassock’s reassurance that Postmodernism was rubbish compared to our ‘absolute truth’ found in Christ, or Mr Wright’s Christian perspective on Evolution, Covenant has offered not only an education, but a grounding in biblical values.
In fact, we are blessed to even receive an education in Australia, something I feel we should be very grateful for, as so many children in underdeveloped countries barely make it past primary school. Covenant really has offered so much to us in the way of academics, biblical teachings and a community environment.
As graduates of Covenant, we leave with more than the completion of our 13th year of schooling and a Higher School Certificate. We leave as members of a community where every attempt is made to put Jesus Christ at the centre, where teachers and students aren’t merely students and teachers, but rather brothers and sisters in Christ.
We’ve really been through a lot together as a grade. Over the past 13 years we’ve had an endless number of experiences together, whether it was the various camps, excursions, formals, fruit fights in the playground, fisty cuffs in Maths, Daichi’s pro handling of a snake, Mr Monin’s dancing at the Year 10 formal or playing a recording of the bell in class to get out early there were many times at school which made you think, “Only at Covenant” It’s these sorts of things that I’m sure we will all remember fondly as we go our different ways at the end of this year. Whether you are choosing to go to University to become a teacher, doctor, lawyer, astrophysicist, or going into a trade, or deciding to travel, or becoming a police officer, feel assured that you have your years at Covenant to accompany you.
As our last week at school comes to an end, we must not forget that there is still work to be done. As fondly referred to by Mrs Glassock, the ‘Quiz before Queensland’ is still looming, and I encourage you all to work your hardest, and to put in the effort in this last stretch. Whilst the end is near, the most important work is yet to be done. It is important yet to remember that in this time of hardship and stress, not to lose sight of what is important. As 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says,
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
I urge Year 12 to work their hardest, and to enjoy their well deserved break on that glorious day when we will be able to say, that the HSC is finished.
All I can say for Year 11 is that I am glad I’m not in your shoes. Enjoy your last year of school as I remember sitting where you are last year, thinking that no matter what Year 12 could say, the year would crawl on painfully. But it really goes quick, and before you know it, you’ll be cramming for your trials.
Year 12 2010, today we are graduating, after a long haul. 13 years of schooling must come to an end, and my prayer for you all is that you work your hardest, and do your best, and that together, we enjoy our last schooling experiences together, before going off into the wide working world. It’s probably going to be hard. It’s probably a bit nervous for some. But unfortunately we must say goodbye to Covenant, the place we have come to know so well.
Congratulations Year 12, 2010!
Year 12 Class of 2010 be sure to check out your page on the Friends of Covenant website http://www.friendsofcovenant.com.au/2010 you ill find photos from Kindy and lots of blogposts about your year group as well as pages from past year books. You're welcome to add a profile and update it through the future to help stay connected.