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Farewell to the Class of 2023

On October 12, we farewelled our Year 12s with our traditional Celebration Day. The students celebrated the end of their official secondary schooling with house activities, morning tea, a visit to the clock tower to sign their name on a brick, the final service and the celebration parade. 

It was a wonderful day for all involved and provided a great opportunity for our students to reflect on everything they have achieved, experienced and enjoyed during their time at Christian College.  

During the service, I mentioned that in 2011 Julia Gillard was our Prime Minister, The Queen and Barrack Obama visited Australia, Geelong were the AFL premiers and most if not all of our year 12 begun their official educational journey as Preps. I know all of us parents remember this first day of school with pride and excitement, much like the feeling many of our families felt this afternoon as their children walked down the road to officially complete their time at Christian College. Thirteen years pass quickly, and we know all our students during this time have grown academically and learned the value of hard work, dedication and the importance of never giving up. 

Throughout this journey, it is also clear that a higher power has been at work, guiding them through the darkest hours and rejoicing in their moments of triumph. Remembering faith isn’t just about believing in something unseen; it’s about believing in your own potential and the power within you to shape your destinies. With this faith, you can achieve great things and make a positive impact on the world around you. 

During the service I encouraged the students to remember three pieces of advice: 

  1. Never stop learning.
  2. Remember the importance of resilience. 
  3. Continue to be kind. 

In closing, I want to express what a privilege and honour it has been to be a part of this journey with these Year 12s even if it is only for a short time. Congratulations to all students and their families on reaching this milestone. The world is waiting for you to make your mark. Go forth with courage and conviction, and may your future be filled with success, happiness, and fulfillment. 

Congratulations and God Bless. 

Mr Drew Oliver, Acting Head of Campus