Banora Pt High has first graduates
FROM humble beginnings in demountable classrooms, Banora Point High School can now boast it is a “real school”.
Teachers and principal June Rogan last week farewelled their Year 12 class and rejoiced in their first Higher School Certificate (HSC) results.
“Nearly 80 students sat the exams and most returned to the school on Friday to share a celebration morning tea with the staff,” Ms Rogan said.
“Twenty students received early entry offers to Griffith, Southern Cross, Bond or New England universities.
“Other students are enrolled in Tafe or private institutions, and some have already begun apprenticeships and traineeships.”
Ms Rogan said their first Year 12 class has set a high benchmark for future years at the school.
“We’re really pleased because we were nervous that first time through,” she said.
“We’re now a real school.”
Year advisor Rebecca Hay said it was sad to see the students leave but added she was very proud of them.
“They’ve all grown up and are off doing amazing things,” Mrs Hay said. “A little of it was trial and error but more success than anything.
“They’re a really good, strong bunch of friends.”
Dux of the school was Pearl Latemore, who got an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 91.4.
Pearl got a scholarship to study medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.
“I chose medicine because my favourite things are science and being around people and it’s something that combines them.”
Pearl came to the school in Year 8 when there were just the two year groups.
“It’s weird having a full school,” she said. “It was weird coming from a full school in Sydney to a school that only had two classes.”