On a gorgeous late spring evening, our group 46 graduating students, along with their parents, teachers and other friends and family, gathered at the Byron Bay Golf Club to celebrate the completion of their Shearwater journey. The Year 12 formal is the final gathering of the graduating class community - a colourful recollection of key events over their 14 years of schooling, as well as a time for thanks and for looking toward the greater challenges that the world will provide these young people unfolding their life journey and purpose.
A meal and many anecdotes were shared, heartfelt speeches given, and a multitude of hugs, laughs and tears were experienced by all of the 178 people who gathered for the farewell celebration. Both guardians and former class teachers spoke or sent messages to the students; and the presenting of the Shearwater engraved rings to each student was a highlight of the evening.
On behalf of the parents and teachers of the graduating class of 2018, Class Rep of seven years Michael Schwager and the class guardians Margaret Brandolini and Gillian Rogers wish the departing students all the happiness, fulfilment and success they deserve for their onward journeys.