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YEAR 7 GRADUATION
This week we celebrated the end of a journey for many of our students who have been with us since Preschool. We had 120 people who came together at Payneham Civic Hall to reminisce about their participation in our St. Joseph’s Memorial School Community. We had 17 fabulous young people graduate who were filled with mixed emotions of sadness and happiness, a huge sense of accomplishment and an excitement about their upcoming futures. I repeat below part of my address to all the Year 7 Graduates.
" Year Seven Graduates, I would like to start with the following words, drawing from Pope John Paul:
“You are a thought of God. You are a heartbeat of God. Each one of you matters, in your completely unique individuality”.
The school year comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. It’s been a great year! What a school and what an incredible journey you have all had throughout your years at SJMS. You learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with you and in your heart in the years to come. The strength of our community and wholehearted passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning is for you our students, primarily, but for all of us makes SJMS truly a special place that you have been a significant part of.
You have completed a rich journey with a tapestry of experiences, responsibilities and learning that have been offered to you at SJMS. Here tonight you are at the end of this journey and will take these memories with you. You are all Ambassadors. This comes with a responsibility and an obligation and that obligation is not hard; take all your gifts and talents and go out and shine.
As a staff we have all touched your journey here at SJMS and have been deeply invested in finding and nurturing the immense potential inside all of you so that you are equipped to explore the boundless and exciting possibilities that lie ahead of you.
How blessed you all are to be part of the ministry of SJMS. Graduation is a time for celebration and reflection on the impact that a Josephite education has made on each student, and as your parents and your educators we proudly see you here tonight, young people and graduates from SJMS, as:
- A member of a Catholic Faith community.
- An effective communicator.
- A reflective and creative thinker.
- A self-directed, responsible, life-long learner.
- A collaborative contributor to society who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work.
- A caring family member.
- A responsible citizen.
Take advantage of the learning you have attained at SJMS. Value and nurture the friendships you have invested in during all your years at SJMS. Go out and be luminous. Be a beacon for others. Shine your light and importantly, love you and love what you do." Please refer to our latest newsletter for the full address transcript.
End of Year Mass and Year 7 Graduation (see newsletter for more great photos)
Preschool Graduation (see newsletter for more great photos)
Congratulations to Christian (Year 3) who was awarded Runner-up in the Under 14s section of the Mundaring Youth Section of the 2016 KSP Speculative Fiction Awards, a national competition for young writers.
Congratulations to Disha (Year 6) for winning the Umoja Writing Award with her 1000 word reflection on Peace.