High school graduation attracts support

Ellen Monsi with Dr Peter Fairchild. Picture: Kim Shanahan. Buttergirl Productions.

Ellen Monsi with Dr Peter Fairchild. Picture: Kim Shanahan. Buttergirl Productions.

Future doctors, lawyers, scientists, entrepreneurs and tradespeople have graduated from Katherine High School last week amid a sea of support from family and friends.

More than 400 parents, carers, families and students celebrated the school’s Year 12 graduation with special guests Sandra Nelson MLA and Regional Director of Schools for the Katherine Region, Mr Laurie Andrews also in attendance.

Principal of Katherine High School Dr Peter Fairchild said that he was delighted to see so much support for the graduating students.

“This is the second year in a row that all students who commenced Year 12 at the start of the school year have graduated,” Dr Fairchild said.

“Katherine High School’s 100% Year 12 completion rate is a testament to the supportive and collaborative culture we have at our school.

“I am delighted for all our graduating students, they should be very proud of themselves and I wish them the very best of luck in the future.”

At the graduation ceremony, many students thanked their teachers for the extra help and assistance that they provided over weekends, after hours and during the holidays.

Outgoing school captains (Ava Lynch and Bryn Pickering) and vice captains (Ellen Monsi and Ivan Cabanela) each gave a short speech to highlight special events and memories spread across the year.

Outstanding achievement awards went to the following students:

Biology – ALINA BIJU 

Community Studies – EMMALENA BARRETT

Chemistry & Maths Methods – ELLEN MONSI

English Essentials – LAUREN KINGSLEY


Integrated Learning - Cooking - ZAK MOTT

Maths Essentials - LEONIE MCCOMBES

Outdoor Education – MELANIE SCORGIE

Physical Education - RHENZ FLORES

Scientific Studies - LEAH SHARP

Society & Culture - AVA LYNCH

Top Indigenous female award sponsored by the STARS Foundation -Emmalena Barrett

Top Indigenous male award sponsored by the Clontarf Academy – Kuiam Law & Malik Ryan Garling.

The top female sports person of the year was awarded to BILLIE BYERS

The top male sports person of the year was awarded to BRYN PICKERING

The Assistant Principals’ award went to Alisha Biju who displayed exceptional commitment and conscientious application to her studies.

The Principal’s award was given to Bryn Pickering, who displayed outstanding attitude and work ethic throughout the year.

The Australian Defence Force Long Tan award recognises students who demonstrated leadership and teamwork within the school and broader community. The 2017 Long Tan Award went to Ava Lynch.

The DUX of Year 12 was given to the student who achieved the best results for their year level overall.

The DUX of Year 12 for Katherine High School 2017 was awarded to Ms Ellen Monsi.


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