“AS I speak to our Year 12s, I strongly believe our future is in good hands.”
Cairns Catholic Education Services executive director Marist Brother Paul Hough made the comment after recently visiting secondary colleges throughout the diocese.
“There are some fine young people about to make their mark in the wider world,” he said.
“October in schools usually means Term 4, and, in secondary schools, Year 12 Graduations and school farewells.
“Life is a mosaic of journeys for each of us and for Year 12 students the journey through 13 years of schooling is ending.
“It also marks the beginning of early adulthood – driver’s licence, right to vote, jobs, further education and so on.
“Many school leavers are taking a gap year from study, to work and travel.
“Some even spend months working in overseas missions or volunteer to help those less fortunate on our home shores.”
Br Hough also drew Year 12 graduates’ attention to Catholic Education Week ambassador Anthony Ryan’s comments.
“He reminded us that our commitment to the values of Catholic education does not finish with Year 12 – these values should be part of our life’s journey,” he said.
“I encourage our Year 12s to continue to reflect on their formation in faith as they move towards adulthood such that they become good contributing members to their families and communities.”