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2018 Graduation

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Vijayadev Yogendra auditorium was near to capacity with well-wishers last Sunday when thirteen students graduated in a culmination of their school life.

The address to the students and parents was provided by guest speaker Bruce Howden OAM who spoke on the topic 'Taking a Positive Approach to the Future'.

In SOTE tradition, each student addressed the audience and their peers expressing their gratitude and farewells. Departing parents Loretta Grayson and Susan Johnson also spoke, thanking the school for all they have done for the students. Sue received a gift of David Leech's biography of the school's founder, Vijayadev Yogendra, in recognition of her family's 18 years of attendance at the school. Retiring Governing Council member Dr Paul Currie was also acknowledged, wishing the future members of the council well after receiving a gift in thanks for his contribution.

Two excellent and entertaining videos produced by Year 12 students were shown to showcase the students work and the foyer of the auditorium housed an exhibition of the Year 12 students' work for the guests to enjoy. A vote of thanks by Governing Council member Ian Perkins rounded out the proceedings then guests moved to the dining room for afternoon tea.

In a letter of thanks, Councillor Sheryl Windle of the Southern Downs Region Council wrote:
"I can confidently say, that each student showed me, that they all have a high level of respect, for not just their teachers and parents, but also for each other as well. They have been taught well, and that is a credit to the School, the teachers and associated staff, and their parents".
It was lovely to see many past students in attendance including Emily Terkjle (Anderssen), Chris Thornton, Maggie and Ruby Doolan, Ashur Perkins, India Peel, Ethan Sloss, Caroline and Stephen Fern and Callum Fisher to name a few. Many of them joined the graduates that night for a relaxed meal hosted by the Year 12 parents.

Best wishes to our graduates!

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