As we enter the end of another busy term, this time of the year is of particular significance as Year 12 commence their final fortnight of HSC classes in preparation for their exams in early Term Four. An important part of this preparation, as has been the case for the past three years, are the Line Study days that commence next Wednesday, 14 September. These days have proven to be of great benefit as they allow students and staff to work collaboratively for an entire day to refine skills and knowledge that will best suit individual student needs leading into the exams. All Year 12 students are expected to be in attendance on their designated days of study. Students are not required to attend days where they have a scheduled study lesson on that line. Line days will be running until Thursday 22 September. That night, we will be celebrating the end of formal classes with the annual Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony. This will commence at 6.30pm in the College Hall and is one of many highlights for our graduating class. The following morning will see farewells from Homegroups, Houses and the entire College Community. Families and carers are welcome to attend the College Farewell which will commence at 11:45am. We wish Year 12 all the best for the coming weeks.
As we farewell our Year 12’s, this time also sees the transition of student leadership roles to our current Year 11’s. Last Wednesday 9 students presented speeches to the entire staff and student body as the final part of a series of application, interviews, speeches and voting. I would like to congratulate each of the candidates, Will Buchanan, Madeline Dean, Kelsey Hogan, Sam Heffernan, Emma Moss, Amelia Preuss, Bridget Robertson, Harry Toole and Chelsea Tout for their preparation and commitment to the leadership process and for the outstanding quality of their presentations to our community. Congratulations to our captains elect for 2017, Chelsea Tout and Sam Heffernan. Over the coming weeks, interviews and elections will also be held for House and Boarding House Leaders for 2017. Once again, good luck and thank you to all those who have nominated for leadership positions.
Finally, congratulations to our 14 Years Rugby League team who yesterday were crowned Cochrane Cup Champions for 2016. This competition is a state-wide one for Catholic Schools, and is the first time that Kildare has achieved such an outstanding result. Many thanks to Mr Conn and Mr McNamara who coached and mentored the team, and to each of the boys who participated.