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Resilient class of 2020 looks to the future


As more than 3300 Year 12 Catholic school students undertake their SACE exams and prepare to end what has been arguably the most challenging final year of school ever, they have been commended for their “determination and adaptability”.

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In a video message recorded prior to their last day at school, SA Governor Hieu Van Le AC has congratulated the students “on how far they have come” in what has been a “very challenging year”.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown Year 12s many curve balls,” he told them.

“You’ve spent more time learning at home, there have been changes to work placements, changes to how you undergo assessment and much more.

“I am very impressed to see the determination and adaptability that you have shown in the face of these challenging circumstances.

“In difficult times we all get to challenge ourselves – to keep strong, determined, confident and believe in ourselves.

“I predict the Year 12 students of 2020 are going to be some of the most innovative, hardworking and resilient people of our generation, precisely because of their extraordinary experiences they have had this year.”

Catholic Education SA director Neil McGoran also took the opportunity to send a message of congratulations, telling students that by overcoming the challenges of the pandemic and the normal rigours of Year 12 it “sets you up for success” in the future.

“Whatever challenge is thrown your way, you’ll be able to meet it,” Dr McGoran said.

“I wish you all the best for the next few weeks, for your results, and the next step that you take.

“I want to remind you of the incredible person that you are; resilient, incredibly powerful and empowered.

“I ask you to take that into whatever it is you do next, and be that person who can make a difference to your own life and to others in the community – that’s your challenge and the opportunity that awaits you, and the world will be grateful for your efforts and for your gratitude and concern for other people.”

While some students may still be deciding on what to do in 2021 – whether it be university, TAFE, work or taking a gap year – Kirilly Pendergrast from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College definitely knows where she is heading.

After many years of hard work and dedication, she will embark on an exciting employment opportunity at Raptor Domain on Kangaroo Island.

Kirilly’s career pathway commenced in Year 10 (2017) when she secured work experience at Gorge Wildlife Park. That same year Kirilly also volunteered at a pet store and participated in workshops with Fauna Rescue.

In addition to her studies at OLSH, Kirilly completed a Certificate I Animal Studies at TAFE. In Year 11 (2018) she enrolled in Certificate II Animal Studies and secured a highly competitive placement at Raptor Domain.

Last year Kirilly participated in a year-long exchange to Germany where she attended school and also volunteered at an animal shelter and veterinary clinic.

Upon returning to Australia in 2020, Kirilly commenced Year 12 and enrolled in Certificate III Animal Studies. Recently, Kirilly returned to Raptor Domain on Kangaroo Island to complete her two-week placement and after learning about an upcoming job opportunity, she approached the owners and expressed interest in working there.


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