An inspiring start to Year 12
Year 12 students began the year formally at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, with their annual VCE Jumper and Award Presentation evening last Wednesday.
The Honorable Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Daniel Andrews a former Galen student, as special guest speaker delivered an inspiring speech. He impressed upon the students the importance of persistent hard work –“nothing that’s worth having comes easily”, the fact that this year presents many opportunities that may not occur again and implored students to to appreciate the wonderfully fertile and nourishing environment that Galen provides. He emphasized that there are many people throughout Victoria and across the world who would give anything for an education in a safe, supportive school, such as ours.
Students were encouraged to focus on the importance of attitude, “the one thing over which they have total control” and how this will enhance their chances of “doing their personal best”.
Senior School News
The Year 12 students were further inspired and encouraged to work hard when, prior to the presentation of the jumpers, the VCE academic awards for 2011 were presented, including Dux for 2011, Claire Luxford with an ATAR of 99.25. The full list of subject award winners is below.
Additionally two other students were recognized for their achievements. The Business and Professional Women of Wangaratta, in particular Helen Ross have been wonderful supporters of our College for many years. The group now officially non-operational, donated funds to the College, to provide a bursary each year to a Year 11 into 12 female student who has demonstrated diligence, organization and a capacity to support her peers. Kelly Closter was awarded this scholarship.
The Australian Vocational Student Prize introduced by the Federal Government and worth $2000 has been established to recognize the benefits of vocational programs. Emily Schultz was presented with a certificate to acknowledge her wonderful success in winning this award.
Principal Bernard Neal, in his speech, observed a sense of optimism within this year’s group and a determination to make their mark and to work collaboratively.
College Captains for 2012, were also officially announced. Successful candidates Mary Paino and Nathan Whinray were both extremely pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to represent Galen as student leaders this year. The start to the year has been terrific. Students have been keen to embrace their studies and participated enthusiastically in the retreats held last week.
Shortly Year 11 students will be receiving details about the upcoming Driver Education Camp conducted in Shepparton. It is important that the forms associated with this activity are completed and returned to school promptly please.
Mick Grogan, Senior School Director