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Cakewalk for inaugural Woogaroo Creek graduates

Daniel Bouwmeester    January 1, 2024    3 min read   

Woogaroo Creek State School (WCSS) held its inaugural Year 6 graduation ceremony early last month after opening its doors in February 2023.

On Wednesday, December 6, staff welcomed the families of graduating students, along with Jordan MP Charis Mullen and Redbank Plains State High School (RPSHS) Deputy Principal Diana Furlan, to help recognise their achievement.

“Con-GRAD-ulations to our Year 6 senior students, our inaugural Year Six Class at WCSS!” a representative from the school said.

The ceremony included the presentation of graduation certificates and an RPSHS scholarship.

“[We are] REACH-ing, connecting, and sharing in our last days as 2023 seniors at WCSS!”

The “REACH” acronym refers to the school’s expectation of five key student behaviours: Respectful, Empowered, Accepting, Collaborative, and Honourable.

All images: Woogaroo Creek State School / Charis Mullen MP.

Graduation Picnic

During lunch, students enjoyed a picnic together in the school’s central courtyard where they ate cupcakes they had baked and hand-decorated prior to graduation – which will become a school tradition.

“Our Year 6 seniors are heading off to high school shortly, and with that comes excitement and some nerves,” the school’s representative said.

“So, as part of their final celebrations we offered a Graduation Picnic as an optional extra to celebrate their final year.”

Foundation Principal Kendall Seccombe, Deputy Principal Mrs Lisa Cameron, and Inclusion Co-ordinator Sarah Bottle joined the students to listen to their favourite memories and stories from 2023.

In the afternoon, the school cohort formed a ‘Guard of Honour’ for graduates to proudly pass through.

Legacy Trees

The following day, another new graduation tradition was forged: Year 6 students planting their Legacy Trees.

“Today, our Year 6 students planted their Legacy Tree at the entrance to our Rocky’s Reserve,” the representative said.

This year’s plant is Grevillea – representing one of the four WCSS School Houses. An accompanying plaque will be installed in early 2024.

“This tree will grow as you grow. It will put down strong roots [and] join other future trees in providing an environment for animals and other plants to flourish – as you will create networks for yourselves and others to flourish. [It] will contribute to our WCSS ecosystem, as you have contributed, [and] will REACH new heights, as you will.”

Induction Day

On Tuesday, December 5, teachers enjoyed their end-of-term staff breakfast, followed by the induction of new staff members joining in 2024.

“We are lucky enough to have our new team members with us today for Induction Day and the ‘REACH Forward’ Class Session this afternoon,” the representative said.

“We will introduce our new team members throughout the day, and students will have time with their 2024 Classroom Teachers this afternoon.”

“A warm welcome to Woogaroo Creek, team!”

Woogaroo Creek State School is located at 12 Purser Road, Augustine Heights. For more information, visit woogaroocreekss.eq.edu.au.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.