Carinity Education Gladstone celebrates its latest graduates

Carinity Education Gladstone has celebrated the graduates of 2021 – only the second Year 12 cohort since the school’s inception.

Carinity Education Gladstone class of 2021 graduates Mataya, Blake and Rhi
Carinity Education Gladstone class of 2021 students Mataya, Blake and Rhi on their graduation day.

The stage was set by Toko Ton traditional Japanese drummers and Uncle Alfonso Canendo on the yidaki-didgeridoo, with Welcome to Country performed by Uncle Richard Johnson of Gehgre Aboriginal Corporation.

Celebrations of students’ achievement in education, contribution to school community and personal growth followed.

School principal, Jane Greenland spoke of the privilege of having worked with the graduating class and seeing them progress in all areas of their lives, having met the challenges of graduating from Year 12 with persistence, perseverance, and promise.

The heartfelt words of Youth Worker, Josh ‘Cooki’ Noovao, and Lead Youth Worker, Cassie Benjamin – recollecting the time the graduating class spent at Carinity Education Gladstone – were sentiments echoed by all members of staff.

Staff, teachers and youth workers delivered graduating members of their classes inspiring, hilarious and emotional words of wisdom.

Graduating student Blake Randle received awards for Highest Achievement in VET and Aquatics, as well as being the recipient of the school’s Carinity Education Community Award. Ebonhi Gibson took out Highest Achievement in Essential English as well as the Arts award.

Other award winners included:

Essential Maths – Rhianna Slater
Overall Dedication Award – Cody Gibson
School Spirit Award – Bellah-Rose Nepson-Taunoa

There was a strong feeling amongst those in attendance that, having witnessed the growth of 2021 graduates in all areas of their lives and the bond shared between each member of staff and students, Carinity Education Gladstone should be recognised as a school of second chances – for those with unlimited potential and countless possibilities to prove it.

Students from Carinity Education Gladstone's class of 2021 cut their graduation cake.
Students from Carinity Education Gladstone’s class of 2021 cut their graduation cake.

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