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24th November 2015 - Speech in Council - Congratulations to Year 12 Graduates Featured

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Yes, thank you, Madam Chair. I rise to speak very briefly on the graduation of all the Year 12 students that has happened over the last couple of weeks. Various schools; obviously usually the private Catholic schools finish up first and then the State schools one by one finish as well, and I know a lot of the students have headed down to the Gold Coast.

So I just wanted to say to them all, as I was asked to speak at the Islamic College Year 12 graduation last week, and as I said to them, I was sitting there wondering what I would say to these students who are going off into the big wide world and then I thought to myself well I'll say to you what I would like someone say to my child and to me as a mother of a Year 12 graduating students: it's a happy time but it's also a sad and scary time. The next six weeks of the holidays are the time to sit back and reflect on everything that you've done for the last 12 years at school. It's a time to have a bit of a break, have some sleep in, have some fun with your family and friends, but then as the year draws to a close and 2016 starts, you need to start thinking seriously about what you want to do with your future because it is a very important decision that you need to make.

But ultimately I want as a mother, as every mother wants all their children to be, is to be healthy and happy and have lots of fun. Thank you.

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