What a journey? We have had floods, drought, fires. We have had the introduction of Minimum Standards, we have had a new principal. And then COVID. You are the only ones here who understand your experience today. In many ways, even though you are all part of this HSC community, you are experiencing it in a unique way – because each of you are quite unique, and this has been one hell of a ‘unique’ year.
Your journey began a long time ago. Today just happens to be the day where the path you have been travelling splits into 86 different roads. Over the past six years you have grown into beautiful, handsome, mature, young ladies and gentlemen. For some of you this journey has been tough and taken unexpected turns. During these times you were reminded that the journey is done with the support and encouragement of others.
To our parents and carers: congratulations. You have submitted your last assignment! If you’re anything like us, you will have experienced a roller-coaster ride of emotions. This year alone, it ranged from the desperate “I don’t want to do this anymore” to the hysterical, to the hopeful and proud feelings which accompany even small successes. One day (and probably not for a little while yet) your son or daughter will tell you just how much it meant to them that you kept them going, moving forward, feeling positive, well fed, forgiven. So, although you may not hear it from your children often enough – from us “Thank you for loving these kids so much that they have now finished Year 12”.
To the students in Year 11: look carefully. This will be you. Your success depends very much on what you do today; on how you applied yourself in Period 1 and 2 today, in how you prepare for the exams next term; and in how you allow your parents and carers and this school to help you become the best person you can be.