Each leaving grade 6 year group is special and each year we are proud of our leavers – what it exactly is that we are proud of changes slightly as determined by the group itself. Some years we might celebrate the strong positive culture within the group, or the clear determination to achieve, the love of learning, the collaborative nature, or the joy they feel in seeing one another succeed. This last characteristic – the joy in one another’s growth and achievement, has been a recurring story for our leaving 6s…each year the strong bonds they form around a collective love of learning is highly apparent. It is clear how much each year group is invested in the achievements of their peers – they genuinely love for each other to do well. Our 2018 leavers were no exception. Each student personified our school values, demonstrated a genuine care for their peers and for their teachers –which was actually palpable -,showed a strong love of being at school and of learning, and were inclusive, empathetic, caring and kind.
At the 2018 Leavers Assembly I acknowledged the leavers with these words…
I would like to acknowledge the Grade 6 leavers. I first met this group when they were in Prep. They were very cute and a little bit crazy as all preps are. They provided me with a wonderful welcome to Lansdowne – I can still see their bright and smiling faces beaming up at me as I walked through the prep classrooms each day. Right from day 1 they impressed me with their beautiful social skills, their love of learning, their care of one another and their respect of all staff and grown-ups along with their high levels of empathy. They have welcomed new members to the grade each year and become very beautiful friends. They were an absolute pleasure to take on camp this year and I must say many of us will be teary when we bid them farewell. They will leave us feeling a huge sense of achievement as we know they live and breathe each of our values and they are each an embodiment of our vision – leaders of their own learning.
I am proud of our grade 6 leavers and am very excited for them as they enter a new phase of education and learning. And I am proud of us – all of us in the Lansdowne community who influenced their education – teachers, school staff, community members and of course our wonderful parents and extended family members. Our collective focus on developing our students as highly confident and capable young people who have our core values deeply embedded, who love learning and who are just great people is evidently paying off – clearly seen in these young leavers.
Goodluck class of 2018 - we wish you every success.