Mass celebrating the graduation of the 2022 Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
The Toowoomba Catholic Schools’ Mass for 2022 Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduands was celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday, 14 September.
Over 20 students attended the celebration along with their parents, grandparents and community members.
Dr Pat Coughlan, Executive Director: Catholic Schools noted that the completion of Year 12 is a major milestone to celebrate in all young people’s lives.
“Although they may not grasp it fully now, they have a precious gift that over half the world’s population do not have, a world-class education,” said Dr Coughlan.
“It is a gift to be shared, to help others achieve what they have achieved and to make the most of opportunities which come their way.”
“Education is the great enabler to unlock and rise above the challenges and disadvantages which get in the way of people leading full and flourishing lives.”
“Higher levels of education are associated with improved health outcomes, economic status and quality of life,” said Dr Coughlan.
The Mass included a student led smoking ceremony, Acknowledgement of Country and didgeridoo playing.
There were also messages shared to guide and inspire the Graduands, and Graduands were presented with specially designed sashes and a medallion as a memento of this milestone in their lives.
St Saviour’s College Year 12 graduand, Kellie McMahon commenced her secondary schooling journey with St Saviour’s in 2017.
Kellie said, ‘I am grateful for the opportunities that I have experienced while studying at St Saviour’s College.”
“I graduate with fond memories and a great sense of pride in myself and my school.”
“Finishing Year 12 opens the door to many opportunities for me to succeed and have a fulfilling career.”
“While I am excited to move onto the next chapter of my life, I will dearly miss this College, but I know the friendships I have made will continue long after school finishes,” said Kellie.
Sharon Collins, Principal of St Saviour’s College could not be prouder of all the students from St Saviour’s who are graduating in 2022.
“It has been wonderful to see these girls grow into young women who are empowered by their mercy values and a quality education that will put them in great stead to achieve much in the world.”
“Well done to all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduands, we are most proud of you,” said Ms Collins.
The students that attended are from St Mary’s College, St Saviour’s College, Assumption College Warwick, St Ursula’s College and Downlands College.
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