On Thursday 19th October, Year 12 students came to their final assembly where they were farewelled by many. Mr Stuart Jones and Mrs Pota Krywyn congratulated each student for their wonderful achievement. The students then shared their “last supper” at Sofia’s Frankston where they had many last conversations between themselves and lots of laughter shared by all. After lunch, they headed off to Strike Bowling where the students embarked on a game of bowling and laser tag. It was a great day.
Tuesday 24th October was the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner held at the Sandhurst Golf Club. It was an exciting night of glamour and excitement in the air. All the graduates were radiant in their formal attire and parents, teachers and friends came together to celebrate.
A special message to the Class of 2017 from their co-ordinator, Mrs Pota Krywyn:
The Valedictory Night was a great celebration for the Graduating Class of 2017 and yet embedded in all the celebration there are the emotions of sadness and uncertainty. A great adventure awaits you all as you go from the safety of this controlled environment to one where you are far more at liberty to choose your paths. The joys of greater freedom and responsibility await you and I believe that Monterey has prepared you well to take on this challenge and change in direction in your lives.
One such hero who inspires me is Nelson Mandela. Living a life of extraordinary adversity – 18 years in solitary confinement as a political prisoner he emerged into freedom to become the president of a reformed and racially unified government holding no bitterness to his previous captors, indeed making some of them ministers in his government. Nelson Mandela said during his inaugural Presidential address: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? “
Mandela is right. Year 12, don’t lead lives of quiet desperation, don’t rack up a litany of regrets, live extraordinary lives that benefit others. Look to do good and make a positive difference to your communities. Don’t be self-centered. Be that great generation which asserts its imprint gently and altruistically on those around you
Finally I wish you the very best of luck in the pursuit of your dreams and goals. It is both a daunting and exciting time of your life where you will play your part in shaping the future. Good Luck to the Year 12 Graduating class of 2017.