This year saw the first Year 12 students graduate from McAuley College.
Many of the students were in the Year 7 cohort when the school opened, mirroring the school’s growth over the last six years.
2022 School Captains Charlie Love and Abi Henry thanked everyone who supported them through their schooling, from teachers and administration staff through to the grounds staff.
An emotional Charlie thanked the parents, especially his mum, Deb Love, for “ironing our uniforms for 13 years straight”.
“A good teacher is like a candle, they consume themselves to light the way for others,” said Charlie.
Abi particularly mentioned Mrs Ashleigh Beattie and Mrs Pamela Brechin who were Pastoral Leaders for their Year 11 and 12, in a time that has been interrupted by lockdowns, learning from home and pivoting according to health warnings from COVID.
“We have all been through this chaotic journey together.”
“Writing this speech I realised it takes a village to raise a child”
“Although we are moving on from this journey in our lives it has educated us not only academically but also in faith and action,” said Abi.
Incoming College Captains Grace Cahill and Jim McLure spoke how the Year 12 students have represented the core values of the College.
“You have shown us that being good today allows us to be better tomorrow,” said Jim.
The Senior cohort started a tradition of giving a gift to the College of three large metal banners each with one word – believe, learn, serve.
McAuley College held an arrival parade at the school for the community, followed by the formal at Alsace Polo Grounds in Veresdale Scrub.