2019 School Graduations

06 Jan 2020
2019 School Graduations

I always enjoy attending school graduations, they are tangible milestone in students and their families lives and it is heartening to hear from students about their year, their achievements and their plans for the future.

This year I attended graduation ceremonies at St Joseph’s Memorial School, Rose Park Primary School, East Adelaide School and Norwood Primary School.

At the St Joseph’s Memorial School, I presented the Spirit of MacKillop Award to a student from Year 6 and Year 7. The South Australian Catholic Education system has already begun the process of moving Year 6 into high school, so this year’s graduation was farewelling both their Year 6 and Year 7 students. The Spirit of MacKillop Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated exceptional qualities, reflective of the Charism and Spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph, of who St. Mary MacKillop was the founder.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of this award, Navada Mead (Year 6) and Lola Rugari (Year 7).  

At the Rose Park Primary School’s graduation, it was a joy to hear from the graduating class about their aspirations for the future with many wanting to move into the health and engineering industries.

I also presented the School Values Award to members from the graduating class. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Honesty – Georgie Gale
  • Courage – Amelie Van Der Ent
  • Respect – Saxon Mitavoski
  • Caring – Zi Hoa Kay (unable to attend on the night)

I presented Sam Weavers with the Outstanding Community Service Award at the East Adelaide School. Sam is the founder of Sam’s Popcorn, an online business he started when he was nine, he now sells popcorn all over Australia. Sam is an inspiring young man who is the recipient of the SA Fred Hollows Humanity Award and SA Junior Ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation. He has also given presentations to almost 5,000 students from South Australia and interstate about business enterprise, STEM and community service. Sam is the recipient of the 2019 Minister for Education Award for the development of Sam’s Popcorn.  Sam was also invited to speak at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Singapore in June 2019. His presentation was titled “Thriving With Autism”.

Congratulation to Joel Sebastian and Kate Heatlie from Trinity Gardens Primary School who were both winners of the Community Service Award 

My congratulations also go to Norwood Morialta High School Students Renyun Zhang (Year 12) and Georgia Mestros (Year 10) who were successful recipients of the Dunstan Award for Excellence in Languages and Cultures.