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Celebrating the final school days for Class of 2020

The usual celebrations may look a little different in light of Covid-19 but certainly that made them no less special!

Surprise party for Class of 2020 as part of final weeks of school
Surprise party for Class of 2020 as part of final weeks of school

It would be wrong to think Covid-19 has been like the infamous grinch and stolen graduation joy across celebrations for our 2020 school leavers. In fact, in these final weeks of ‘official’ school for the Class of 2020 the list of festivities and celebrations have indeed multiplied.

Last week alone saw Year 12 enjoy a number of team building programs on site and at Collaroy (high ropes, laser tag, basketball, giant swing, etc) allowing for a different pace to the usual classroom learning and providing a good mix of R&R after the disproportionate mix of online learning hours. 

The usual Year 12 luncheon provided by and served by Year 11 also went ahead largely as normal (with extra gloves and mask protections!) including much hard work on decorations, music and speeches.

Of special note was the more light-hearted celebration at a Graduation Party held over lunchtime for Year 12s coordinated by the Chaplaincy team (Simone Bullen and Braden Clingeleffer) and supported by numerous people across our community including staff, parents, alumni and a couple of extra special messages from folk who joined via video (including a special appearance from the one and only Mrs Rae Doak!).

On their final day at school this week, as they were unable to run the traditional live Year 12 assembly with various skits and performances, the entire Senior School watched a 45 minute video presentation made by the students, with tongues firmly in cheek. Then there was a final Year meeting which included speeches from the School Captains, Head of Senior School, Year Advisors and Principal as well as a special video farewell compilation of all staff sending messages of love and support to be sent to the 2020 leavers. A modified more socially distanced ‘clap out’ was also held with the broader student body.

And as for our formal Graduation Ceremony and Farewell Dinner, these will still go ahead, having been postponed until after the HSC examinations conclude in mid-November. And in the meantime, the students are popping back to school for various study seminars and meetings with their teachers over the coming weeks.

Considering the Class of 2020 now moves toward the final sprint ahead of written HSC exams we ask you keep them in your prayers to make best use of their final days, consolidating their learning, finding balance, health and perspective as they spend many hours with heads deep in books and eyes glued to laptops.
HSC written exams begin with English for all students from Tuesday, 20th October 2020.

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