More than 300 parents attended St Joseph's Catholic College end of year graduation at the Cultural Centre last night, to mark student achievements and farewell the principal of seven years.
Recognition was awarded to the school's highest achievers in all year levels, while the school celebrated their commitment to the importance of inclusion with the theme: walking together, working together.
Principal Denis Graham farewelled five teachers and in his last address urged the college to embrace skills needed to adapt to a world scrambling to keep up with technical advancements.
"Thanksgiving ceremonies are always tempered with sadness as we farewell departing family and staff members who are moving on for a wide range of reasons," he said.
"This is the cycle that Katherine-ites adjust to.
"As mentioned, change is our reality and we adjust quickly to this change which occurs within the backdrop of a rapidly changing world."
He cautioned graduating students commencing a degree in 2020 technical information they would learn in their first year of study would be outdated by their last.
"Artificial intelligence, robots and automation are rapidly expanding beyond the simplest tasks they take on today to more sophisticated ones requiring decision making and reasoning.
"It is predicted that across the globe 25 million jobs could be displaced... but 133 million new jobs will emerge.
"So if we can cope with change on a local level, which is the Katherine way, we are better to cope with these global changes. Therefore our college has to continue to embrace the necessary skills to be part of this change revolution."
Dux of the school was awarded to Ianna Lalim and Katie Lander was awarded a Lyn Powierza Award for her outstanding contribution to the life of the college.
Riley Holland and Louis Clementson were awarded sportspersons of the year and year 12 student Tyler Irvine was awarded the Ted Cooper award for showing improvements in all areas of the curriculum.
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