From the perspective of a teacher, parent or student, a Valedictory Service is a monumental occasion. Last Thursday evening Year 12 students of Faith Lutheran College and their families attended the Barossa Arts Centre to acknowledge this milestone. The investment over many years as a parent in raising a child into an independent young adult, the sense of contribution as a teacher having had the priviledge of being involved in a young persons education journey, to the actual student sitting in the hot seat mindful that their high school days have come to a close, and the anticipation of what’s next.
The evening included a minutes silence honouring past classmate Paige Colmer’s, who’s legacy will live on through the announcement of a ‘Village Spirit Award’ honouring the hallmarks of her life including her gentle manner, love of learning and care for others within her Village. The inaugural award was presented to Year 12 graduate Bethany Hayes.
Principal Steven Wilksch and Chaplain Josh Hein slipped into some runners and sports gear to deliver a thought provoking message with a good dash of humour, while also acknowledging how remarkable the class of 2021 students have been throughout their five year within the Faith community.
Over sixty awards were presented on the evening, including subject prizes in each learning area, special prizes and scholarships.