Welcome to Year 12 and a personal welcome from me, Mikael Leo.  It’s fantastic to see our Year 12 students with for their final year in 2022.  It seems like just yesterday we saw many of these students join us in Year 7, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and now they are young adults ready to make their own way in the world.  My desire is for Year 12 students to make this year a memorable one, one that they will look back on with fond feelings when they think of their time at the College in the future.  My message to the 12s at the start of the year reinforced this; they make their own legacy and leave behind their history – what do they want that history to be?

I think of the verse from Jeremiah 29:11 when asking the 12s to think of their futures beyond High School.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.  The great beyond; following on from their sheltered 12 years in High School can seem daunting for some students.  It is important for students to recognise that, although they may not see it, God has a plan for their lives and a purpose for them futures.  Trust in Him to deliver that future to them.

The big news of Year 12 is, of course, the Year 12 Ball.  Many students are busy preparing for one of the biggest evenings of their lives so far.  Tans have been booked, hair appointments also, along with many discussions around dresses and suits for the big evening.  Girls are permitted to wear their acrylic nails for the week prior to, and week after the ball.  Saturday, 2nd April 2022, from 6:00pm is the time for students to arrive at Frasers in Kings Park where, no doubt, many selfies and photos will be taken of our students looking resplendent in their finery.  We look forward to a great night full of fun and frivolity.  A reminder that normal College rules apply and, whilst we discourage students from attending after parties, current COVID restrictions mean only 30 individuals are allowed in one house at one time.

Our students in Year 12, are reminded that they have numerous privileges in their final year at the College, but with those privileges comes similar responsibilities.  Ensure you have completed your driving permits if you drive to the College, wear your leavers jackets only on the approved days, apply to have food deliveries on at specified dates and set a great example for those year groups coming through.  We look forward to this year being a productive and memorable year for the graduating class of 2022.