Graduates say farewell to shool lives
By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TOOLOOA students are ready to take on the world.
With teary eyes and fond farewells, the class of 2005 said goodbye to school for the final time yesterday.
The graduating students were given a farewell breakfast and march past.
Toolooa State High School principal Roger Atkins said the school farewell had taken a similar format for the last two or three years and was becoming 'rite of passage' for the graduating students.
The breakfast and march past also gave students, teachers and parents a chance to farewell each other before moving on to the next stage of their lives.
Mr Atkins praised the 2005 year 12s saying he was proud of them, especially the way they supported each other.
Mr Atkins said 108 students were finishing and during the year another 40 had gained apprenticeships or traineeships.
Mr Atkins said class sizes for year 12 would increase to about 150 in 2006 and at least 200 in 2007.
A traditional bacon and eggs and continental breakfast was on offer at the Young Australian.
Afterwards the school leavers had their final parade before teachers and fellow students.
During this, graduating student Tennille Jones was presented with the Student of Excellence Award.
Graeme and Cheryl Vickery who were at the breakfast and march past, said it was great to be with their daughter Danni on her last day.
Danni hopes to gain an office apprenticeship next year.
Most of the students are looking to celebrate the end of year with the traditional schoolies trip and then get into the study or job of their choice.