I just wanted to once again say thank you for the incredible opportunities and experiences Christian College has given me since I came in Year 6 to the Bellarine Campus in 2009.
Since my arrival, I have been shown love, care, consideration, compassion and honesty by fellow students and staff alike. Whilst I was sick quite seriously in Year 6 which left me in the hospital for almost two months, the caring attitudes demonstrated by the Year 6 teachers at the time, along with class mates I had met only weeks before, I think proves the difference between Christian College and other schools. On several occasions teachers personally took time off from their busy schedule to visit me in hospital; a gesture totally unexpected and humbling, especially for a new student to the school.
I was also lucky enough to visit the farm in Year 9, and was able to represent the College as Bellarine Year 9 Prefect; a privilege I still cherish today. The friendships I have made at Bellarine, as well as the many more friendships I created at Senior School, I believe, is a testament to the teachers.
Whilst at Senior School, I was blessed to be given the opportunity to represent the College on an international scale, spending 5 months as an exchange student at Naga High School, in Wakayama, Japan. The things I learnt and was able to experience in Japan was second to none, and will undoubtedly stay with me for many years to come. Not only this, I also went on the Music tour to China and Hong Kong in 2014. Given the chance to travel to another country as a school group is rare in itself, but the memories from that trip were incredible and will not be forgotten.
Whilst these trips and opportunities to travel have been brilliant and greatly appreciated, it is easy to forget the actual things I have learnt in the classroom. The teachers who have taught me right through my Christian College journey have been exceptional, and I owe the ATAR I get at the end of the year to their determination, persistence and continual support for me and my peers throughout this year.
For many, school can become tiring and a struggle, but at Christian College, despite the occasional adversities, it has been an honour, privilege and ultimately, a joy to drive through those gates every morning, knowing that I am being given an opportunity that millions worldwide can only dream of; an opportunity I intend on using to its full potential.
Once again, I want to thank you, the teachers at Christian College and my fellow students, for an experience and chapter of my life that will treasured all my life.