Farewell to the Class of 2023

We honoured the graduating Class of 2023 at our Graduation Mass and Ceremony last night, and tonight we cap off our celebrations with a beautiful cocktail party with our graduates and their parents.

The Year 12s have worked exceptionally hard this year and have shown great courage, demonstrated excellent leadership, and graduated as fine Mercy women. The Sisters of Mercy were definitely looking down on them with pride, knowing that they played a part in shaping each of their lives.

We commenced our graduation events with Mass and were delighted to have Father Phillip celebrate Mass for us. Many of the Year 12 girls were involved as readers or members of the choir. We are so fortunate to have talented musicians who made our Mass so special.

Following a short break, we returned to the McDonald Building to acknowledge the achievements of our Year 12 students with the Graduation Ceremony.

I would like to acknowledge the work of our dedicated teachers. Teachers who are passionate about education strive to give the best learning experiences. Pride and joy were the emotions of many teachers, particularly the Homeroom teachers and boarding staff, as they watched the Year 12s complete their high school education. 

Thank you to Julie Schubert and Jane Murray, the Deans who worked tirelessly to support the Year 12s during their high school years. They have shown exceptional dedication and care for each of the girls. Their ability to organise and encourage with quiet words of wisdom needs acknowledgement.

ATAR Dux: Kate Creasy
ATAR Runner-Up: Sophia Marra
ACCESS Dux: Isabella Princi
ACCESS Runner-Up: Rahni Sicree
Principals Award: Nishi Jayawickrema
Mercy Award: Adele Carrick
Mercy Award: Sascha Finlay-Collins
Dance & Drama Award: Kaylee Benson
Hearne Music Award: Ciara Smithies
Sports Champion: Georgie Cleaver
Boarder Award: Grace McLean

Ava Bennier
Adele Carrick
Amelia Chapman
Kate Creasy
Anna Doherty
Sascha Finlay-Collins
Genevieve Heinzle
Zima-Jade Henderson
Alexandra Lilley
Natasha Mark-Amin
Sophia Marra
Bronte McGoldrick
Isabella Mowday
Amanda Nguyen
Isabella Princi
Lily Richardson
Claudia Rock
Rahni Sicree
Ciara Smithies

Religion & Life (A): Adele Carrick
Religion & Life (G): ACCESS: Isabella Princi
Religion & Life (G): ATAR: Sophia Marra
Accounting & Finance (A): Ashlee Nelson
Applied Information Technology (A): Sienna Curtis
Biology (A): Charlize Kazmer
Business Management & Enterprise (A): Anastacia Doyle
Business Management & Enterprise (G): Isabella Princi
Career & Enterprise (A): Milly Butcher
Career & Enterprise (G): Isabella Princi
Chemistry (A): Alexandra Lilley
Children, Family & the Community (A): Bronte McGoldrick
Children, Family & the Community (G): Sophia Sciorilli
Dance (A): Chloe Thong
Design (G): Ella Denman
Drama (A): Scarlett Franklyn
Economics (A): Isabel Bauer
English (A): Chantrea Marston
English (G): Isabella Princi
Food Science & Technology (G): Ruby Barber
French Second Language (A): Jessie Speers
Geography (A): Kate Creasy
Human Biology (A): Lily Richardson
Human Biology (G): Bella Bryant
Literature (A): Sophia Marra
Mathematics Applications (A): Mia Galipo
Mathematics Essentials (G): Ava Bennier
Mathematics Methods (A): Kate Creasy
Mathematics Specialist (A): Kate Creasy
Modern History (A): Sophia Marra
Music (G): Zima-Jade Henderson
Outdoor Education (G): Ava Bennier
Physical Education Studies (A): Jasmine Bacich
Physics (A): Kate Creasy
Politics & Law (A): Evlynn Biju
Politics & Law (A): Giulia Di Biase
UniReady: Amelia Chapman
UniReady: Lexi Menin
Visual Arts (A): Sophia Marra
Visual Arts (A): Freya Townsend
Visual Arts (G): Bella Bryant

Byrne House Award: Kate Perejmibida
Corbett House Award: Monique Mirco
de la Hoyde House Award: Sophie Farrell
Dillon House Award: Gabriella Craig
Frayne House Award: Rebecca Barker
Kelly House Award: Emma Levett
O’Donnell House Award: Bella Bryan
O’Reilly House Award: Scarlett Huston

Graduation is a time of bittersweet emotions. It is wonderful to see all the hard work they have put in over the years come to fruition, but it’s also sad to say goodbye. 

In my address to the graduates, I shared five pieces of advice:

  1. Be you
  2. Surround yourself with people who value you
  3. Cherish relationships
  4. Be brave, and
  5. Reach for the stars.

I am confident that each of our girls will make a difference in our world and find their true calling. There are so many possibilities, and I am immensely proud of each and every one of them. 

They have strong spirits, fierce minds, and kind hearts, and the world is waiting for them!

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