The Year 12 Class of 2020 will conclude their formal schooling this week. It has been an eventful and challenging year for Year 12 but despite the difficulty and disruption, the Year 12 students have been remarkable in the way they have adapted, pulled together and taken all of the challenges in their stride. Their commitment to their studies has not waivered and we hold great hopes for them as they complete their examinations and await their HSC results. The quality of HSC Major Works and the recent Trial HSC Examination results were very pleasing and it is clear that the students have focused their energy and have kept their eye on their study goals as they have negotiated the uncertainty that the pandemic has created. They have shown great resilience, initiative, flexibility, solidarity and determination. We are very proud of them and all of their efforts.
As they come to the end of the journey from Kindergarten to Year 12, it is with great joy that we reflect on the amazing transformation that has taken place in each student. Having commenced school knowing little about reading and writing or the world around them, unaware of how to tell the time, to use money and most likely unable to even tie a shoelace, they prepare to leave the College articulate and confident young men and women, ready to take on all that lies before them.
And as the journey is long, it is also been eventful, fascinating, sometimes gruelling, there have been successes and failures, joy and happiness, much has changed and other things have been enduring. And I know for the parents that sometimes it feels like all that can happen in one day! But it is the love, persistence, compassion and resilience of those people closest to the Year 12 students who can be most proud of the young people who are the Class of 2020.
On Tuesday morning we held a virtual Whole College Assembly to farewell Year 12. It was a delightful tribute from students and staff right across the College, recalling many fond memories and offering lots of good wishes for the future. They are certainly a unique group who are well known for their independence, strong opinions, creativity, diverse but tight knit nature, high energy and determination. They are much loved and will be greatly missed.
We wish Year 12 every blessing in the coming weeks as they complete their HSC Examinations and then celebrate their Graduation and Formal as they move into the next phase of their lives.
I leave you with a few interesting statistics regarding our Graduating Class of 2020:
- 26 Girls and 18 Boys make up the 44 students who are the Class of 2020.
- 13 students completed their entire school journey from Kindergarten to Year 12 at EAC.
- There is one set of twins, five children of staff and 2 international students in the group.
- The 44 students have studied 34 different courses for the HSC and completed more than 180 formal assessment tasks in their HSC year.
- Throughout their schooling, each member of the Class of 2020 has experienced almost 16000 hours of learning and attended more than 1000 school, cultural, sporting, faith and community based activities such as assemblies, Chapel Services, excursions, carnivals and camps.
- They have also been supported and guided by at least 40 different teachers, visited the College Office on approximately 200 occasions, used approximately 20 reams of paper, logged onto the College network more than 2000 times, visited the bathroom on 800 occasions and walked in excess of 10 million steps! Whew!
Congratulations to the Year 12 Class of 2020.
Mr Robert Tobias