Our Year 12s are now deep into their final exams. We wish them all the best in the final leg of their Elwood College journey.
Their Celebration Day was a fantastic event, starting with a BBQ breakfast and ending with a Valedictory dinner. As these photos show, both students and staff embraced the opportunity to dress up on the final day.
Congratulations to Class Valedictorians Jingyun (Ainy) Wu and Liza Clerehan.
Here is Jingyun's speech:
I'm so proud to be here with Liza as a Valedictorian. Maybe I should start with a big thank to everyone in Year 12. Thanks for believing in me to represent the whole year level, and for your friendship and support these last three years.
I still can remember when I first walked into Elwood College in 2014. I thought, “Nice, cool, this looks like a park”. I remember at that time, the Year 9s still had their own building next to the G block and the library was still standing in front of the Science and Language Centre.
We have all had an amazing time in Elwood College. A lot of funny things have happened throughout the whole year. I will always remember Mr Alexander’s message to ‘chip, chip away’ to keep us motivated. Sometimes teachers say wise things and sometimes they don't. For example in my physics class. As I said in my introduction, my name is Jingyun, and Mr Barr just couldn't pronounce my name, so he ended up calling me ‘chicken wing’. I mean, I like eating chicken wings, but I might not choose to keep this nickname.
Joking aside, we need to say thank you to all the teachers and peers that we met throughout our lives in Elwood, especially to Ms Hutton and Mr Alexander for their work keeping us on track in Year 12. As an international student, we want to say thank you to Ms Stella and Mr Spring, thank you for looking after us for both our life and study. And I personally want to say thank you to Ms Tran, Mrs McDonald, Ms Pritchard, and Mr Barr. Thanks for helping us through our course work and giving our class many tips for university life. We are so glad we met lots of good people here. Now, I want to represent the whole Year 12, to say thank you to every parent, teacher and peer who has helped us become better! Thank you!