Farewell Year 12s

Mr Richard Dobrenov | Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School

With the final assembly for the Class of 2021 complete, it is fitting to reflect on the wonderful job they have done in leading the school.  Ably led by the School Leadership body, the model of servant leadership based on the teaching of Jesus was enacted throughout the year.  In Mark 9:35, Jesus speaks to his disciples discussing that achieving greatness in God’s Kingdom is different to achieving success in this world.  Success in God’s Kingdom comes from serving others, particularly the vulnerable and showing humility rather than self-importance.  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Our Year 12 cohort certainly has served the College and the wider community by throwing themselves into projects like the Share the Dignity Program, Clean Up Australia Day, Shave for a Cure and the Pony Tail Project.     The term ‘resilience’ is very much a contemporary catchphrase but it typifies the strength of the 2021 Year 12’s.  They embraced everything SCOTS PGC has to offer both inside and outside the classroom and have left an indelibly positive mark, for younger years to emulate.

On the 25th of October, the Year 12 external exam block commenced in all Queensland schools.  All Science and Maths results are worth 50% of their final grade and the Languages and the Arts/Humanities results are worth 25% of their final grade.  The sitting of mock exams, released by the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority, at the end of Term 3 has allowed our students to identify areas of strength and work on aspects that required more attention, during the three weeks leading up to their final exams.

I wish them well in all their future endeavours and encourage them to hold dearly, the College Values of Spirit, Tenacity, Authenticity, Excellence and Respect.  These values are the foundations of success, which I know awaits our seniors.  Always remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of a true education.”