Senior College Graduation Dinner 2020
December 09, 2020 at 7:39 AM
Our Year 13 students gathered with parents, staff, and invited guests as their final year of schooling drew to a close Sunday night for their Graduation Chapel and Dinner. It was an emotional evening as the community reflected on their time at Saint Kentigern and spoke about their new beginnings beyond the College gates.
As guests filled Elliot Hall for Reverend Smith’s service, photos streamed on the big screen, sharing memories and achievements. Year 13 student, and talented songstress, Grace Kelly opened the service with a solo performance before Reverend Smith gave his address, encouraging the students to ‘Serve and Lead with Distinction.’ Reverend Smith thanked our Year 13 students for being a ‘great cohort’ and for leading by example, being great role models to those that look up to them at the College. He asked the students to walk with pride beyond the College gates and to strive for excellence and continue to display Saint Kentigern’s Values of Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Love.
Grace was then welcomed back onto the stage to perform another solo as each Year 13 student appeared on the big screen. All students then made their way to the stage to receive their diplomas from Principal, Russell Brooke; Head of Saint Kentigern, David Hodge; and Chairman of the Trust Board, Mark Connelly. As the students crossed the stage, proud parents looked on, certainly wondering where the years had gone! Grace concluded the formalities by singing the blessing before the guests were piped to the Sports Centre for a celebratory gathering.
This looked slightly different from previous years. Rather than a sit-down dinner, the gym was transformed with tables of food, photobooths and a mass of balloons in House colours. Deputy Head Prefects, Hayden Joyce and Olivia Brewster did a great job as MCs for the evening, keeping everything moving. Following dinner, Mr Brooke addressed the guests.
Mr Brooke thanked everyone for attending and congratulated our Year 13 students on all that they have achieved in their time at Saint Kentigern. He encouraged the students to continue to walk with confidence beyond the school gates and take every opportunity that comes their way.
Head Boy, Will Bason and Head Girl, Lulu Denholm followed on with Will thanking his teachers, parents, and peers for making his time at Saint Kentigern one to remember and for all their positiveness and resilience through what has been a challenging year. He reflected on his time at Saint Kentigern and wished his fellow students the best of luck and success in their next steps. In Lulu’s address, she spoke about not only her time at the Saint Kentigern but also offered some advice to students moving forward. She encouraged students to ‘not waste their time living someone else’s life, to have the courage to make their own path and to have the grit to make things happen.’
The evening was a great success and we wish our Year 13s all the best as they prepare for life beyond the College gates.
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