The Blockhouse Bay Primary School Performing Arts Centre was packed with parents and family members to witness the Year 6 graduation ceremony at the end of the 2017 school year.
In his speech to the assembled well-wishers, Principal Neil Robinson congratulated the 91 graduates and encouraged them to be resilient when meeting challenges in the future. Board of Trustees Chairperson Stephen Dallow reinforced this message and expressed the importance of trying new things, as people do not know what they are good at until they try.
Then, it was on to the class awards for academic, sporting, arts, effort, citizenship, leadership, cultural excellence and service. The teachers had deliberated extensively over who should be recognised for these awards and the recipients certainly deserved their special certificates.
Lastly, the winners of the prestigious trophies were awarded to students who were adjudged to have been the stand-out performers across the year. Each of these pupils received a scholarship to their 2018 school and a Warehouse voucher, both sponsored by Michael Cassidy from Barfoot and Thompson. This very generous gesture provides the children and families with tangible acknowledgement of their success and future potential.
The Board and staff would like to congratulate all of the Year 6 children who made the most of their learning year and especially the following overall winners:
John Davies (Excellence in the Arts): Emma Joyce
Jack Cooper (Service to the School): Charlotte Davies and Katie Dallow
Walbran-Oakley First Class (All Rounder): Max Marvin and Emily Zhang
Sportsperson of the year: Leyla Butler
Leadership Award: Dhiren Vaidya
Dux (academic excellence): Siddharth Golla