It is that time of year for Year 12. Trial exams are over, classes have finished and a groundswell of excitement builds. Only a few short hours stand between you and a life beyond school walls. Of course, excitement is tainted with a hefty dose of apprehension. The spectre of final exams reaches gnarly fingers to inspire awe and angst. It wars with a nostalgic need to remember.
These lingering memories are important. They will sustain you through the tumultuous weeks of revision. Of course the objective is to remember the countless hours given in class and at home, devouring text books, discussing ideas and writing a plethora of hand aching notes. However, in these last few days, knowledge and skills are not the memories of solace. Rather, the memories to be squirreled away are those of friendship. Teachers, coaches, mentors and friends will hold a special place.
I once heard it said that people who claimed their ‘best years of life were at school’ had wasted their dreams. I’m not so sure. I still believe that some of my best times were in the dying days of school. It was then that petty jealousy and competition was abandoned. As a collective force we realised we were about to face one of our biggest challenges thus far. It was an uncertain future.
Many of us didn’t know what we wanted. Even if we did, we weren’t sure we’d get it. But we knew we faced it together, a united cohort filled with faces we’d seen almost every day for the past six, sometimes even 12 years (and remember, at age 17, that accounted for one or two thirds of our entire lives). So, in those last days of school we sought and traded memories; memories of that party, this excursion and those sports events. We wrote in each other’s year books, on shirts and on tunics. We wrote as though each classmate was a close friend and we meant it!
To the class of 2017, I wish a sensational set of days. Support each other, keep your dreams firmly in sight, devote time to study, allocate moments to reflect and retain a determined attitude. Be creative and courageous, enjoy the study period and experience a rewarding HSC.
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