QnA: Year 12 students talk all things school and graduation
CLASSROOMS and textbooks are about to be traded for graduation certificates and a new world of opportunity by Stanthorpe's Year 12 students.
The students from Stanthorpe State High School and St Joseph's School will walk down their school halls for the final time on Friday as they say goodbye the classrooms they've known for the past five years.
The Border Post caught up with St Joseph's students Natasha Petroccitto and Josh Musumeci and State High students Jaimee Beecham and Veronica Johnstone to talk all things high school and graduation.
What are your plans for next year?
Natasha: I'm going to take a gap year and then head off to uni in 2020 to study a bachelor of education. I'll be just working.
Josh: Just have a gap year and then 2020 hopefully head off to uni is the plan. But we'll see what happens, a lot can change between now and December next year. I've got a farm job.
Jaimee: I'm planning to take a gap year also and in 2020 I'm hoping to go to university and study law.
Veronica: I didn't get an OP so I'm not going straight to uni so I'll have a gap year and then I'll definitely move and maybe go to uni.
Over the course of high school what was your number one stand out moment?
Natasha: Being prefect allowed me to have new opportunities and expand my knowledge and experiences.
Josh: It's hard to pick one particular moment but the ski trip was awesome and also being Davadi house captain had pretty cool moments.
Jaimee: Mine would be, being school captain and the ski trip.
The ski trip we went on was really great because it brought everyone together and it was just really nice to take us into term four.
Veronica: Just this whole term. Awards night was really good and graduation is really good, just the events leading up to it.
What was the most important lesson that you learned in school?
Natasha: Don't leave everything to the last minute, it doesn't work.
Josh: The biggest lesson would be just cherishing the moment, just enjoying every experience.
It's not too often you get to see your friends every day from 9 to 3, so just enjoying the moment and cherishing everything you've got.
Jaimee: Making sure that you keep working hard. It's so easy to lose sight of what you're working towards at the end of Year 12 because it's almost all over, but it's so important to just keep going until the end. And just taking every opportunity the people at school give you because after that you're on your own.
Veronica: Never leave anything to the last minute. You think "I can do it the night before” but it's not your best work. If you read it once you give it to the teacher it's like "Wow what was I thinking?”
What is the one piece of advice you'd give to someone going into Year 12 next year?
Josh: Just enjoy it, it's the last time you're going to experience that.
Jaimee: Keep working hard, don't give up, it comes to an end faster than you think.
What are you going to miss about school next year?
Natasha: Just the social structure of your week. You know what you've got to do.
Josh: Just seeing your friends and the lifestyle. You don't have many worries other than assignments and exams and at the end of the day they're not too hard if you get them under control.
Jaimee: Just the support of being with my friends every day.
Veronica: Just the 9 to 3 schedule. Everything is so routine and you don't realise, it's just your life and all you know.
Jaimee: Good luck to next year's 12s.
Veronica: Good luck if you do it. It's not easy, everyone thinks you just graduate, but some people don't.