Gloucester High School holds its Year 12 Formal Assembly

A six year school career has come to an end for 39 Gloucester High School students.

Gloucester High School (GHS) held their Year 12 Formal Assembly on Thursday, September 22.

Heartfelt thank you: Phil Dowle thanks the Year 12 students for raising funds in memory of his wife, who recently passed away. Picture: Anne Keen

Heartfelt thank you: Phil Dowle thanks the Year 12 students for raising funds in memory of his wife, who recently passed away. Picture: Anne Keen

Swan song: Maddison-Rose Eveleigh sings and Ben Reynolds plays guitar for the audience for the last time on the GHS stage. Picture: Anne Keen

Swan song: Maddison-Rose Eveleigh sings and Ben Reynolds plays guitar for the audience for the last time on the GHS stage. Picture: Anne Keen

GHS Principal, Pat Cavanagh entertained the packed auditorium with a speech about a dream he had about a grocery store battle over a bag of chips; a metaphor about the future.

After a musical performance by Maddison-Roze Eveleigh and Ben Reynolds, the Year 12 Special Awards were handed out.  

School Captains, Hayley Johns and Ben Reynolds gave the farewell speech for the Year 12 students.

SRC Reflections: Jordan Dunn and Patrick Skelton reminisce on the past year of fundraisers and spirit day events held by the SRC. Picture: Anne Keen

SRC Reflections: Jordan Dunn and Patrick Skelton reminisce on the past year of fundraisers and spirit day events held by the SRC. Picture: Anne Keen

They talked about their experiences beginning from Year 7 in 2011 until their last day.

Ben talked about what the future holds for all of the graduating students

“What scares us most is having to pay for our own food. We may starve,” he said.

Student Representative Council (SRC) members, Jordan Dunn and Patrick Skelton gave a humorous reflective speech about the fundraising activities, barbecues, spirit days and bake sales. They talked about how their “good looks” were paramount to their success.

Holly Haynes and Bryce Lacey delivered the farewell from the Year 11 students.

They commented on how the Year 12 students have managed to finish their school career without burning the school down; and thank them, in jest, for the water bombing after the Year 11’s finished their final exams.

Emily Cameron and Laura Dunlop wished the Year 12’s “good luck” during the farewell from the Year 10’s.

Before the academic awards, graduation certificates and school reports were handed out, the Year 12 students gave a few gifts out to the teachers and helpers they wanted to thank.

Coen Durbidge and Cormac Campbell presented money they raised to teacher, Phil Dowle, who recently lost his wife.

They explained to the crowd, how they decided to put their “shenanigans” to good use.

They took important items from the teachers and demanded they pay ransom to get them back. With the funds raised from this crime and the money donated by the students, they were able to give $728.

Mr Dowle said the money was going toward buying lots of different headpieces for women who are in cancer treatment.

He explained how important it was for his wife to not be known for her illness. So in her memory, he’s making headgear, similar to what his wife used, available to hospitals for women in treatment. 

“The student’s are doing something very positive for the community,” he said.