Teacher Ian Rowling (front left) with some Year 12 graduates – Callum Heron, Maggie Doolan, Amanda Lu, Tom Spinetti, Clodagh Sinnott, (back) Wolf Stubbings, Andrew Pickering, Joel Briggs, Joshua Simpson, Will Jubb and retiring principal Richard Waters at the graduation ceremony.
Teacher Ian Rowling (front left) with some Year 12 graduates – Callum Heron, Maggie Doolan, Amanda Lu, Tom Spinetti, Clodagh Sinnott, (back) Wolf Stubbings, Andrew Pickering, Joel Briggs, Joshua Simpson, Will Jubb and retiring principal Richard Waters at the graduation ceremony. Gerard Walsh

SOTE students, principal farewell

THE School of Total Education held its final parents' seminar and Year 12 graduation ceremony in the Vijayadev Yogendra Auditorium yesterday.

The graduation was also a chance to farewell principal of 30 years Richard Waters.

The speakers for the parents' seminar were both graduates of the school. Andrew Rasmussen, an applications programmer with QUT, graduated in 1989 and Rob O'Brien, an actor with Zen Zen Zo drama company, graduated in 2001.

They spoke on the subject Reflections on a Total Education.

Mr Rasmussen was an original student in 1981, the same year retiring principal Richard Waters started.

Mr Waters described the ceremony as "a very moving occasion" with each graduate acknowledging the dedication of their teachers and the support they had experienced from the school community.

"The graduation ceremony is a function for all students and is an affirmation of the school's conviction that, given the right environment and input, every student can achieve his or her potential," he said.

Mr Waters said Mr Rasmussen told a story yesterday of when he fell off Eddie the pony at school.

"Andrew got straight back on," Mr Waters said.

The graduates this year were Sarah Allen, Joel Briggs, Bronte Curtain, Maggie Doolan, Alexis Dooley, Callum Heron, William Jubb, Amanda Lu, Hayden Mascadri, Andrew Pickering, Clodagh Sinnott, Joshua Sinnott, Thomas Spinetti and Wolf Stubbings.

Mr Heron said the students from this year's class would be lifelong friends.

"I have enjoyed my 10 years at SOTE," he said.

Next year, he hopes to study engineering at the University of Queensland and possibly branch into aerospace.

"That is my special interest at this time," Mr Heron said.

Retiring principal Richard Waters said it was always an emotional day when students graduated.

"Every one of the graduates spoke well at the ceremony and with confidence," Mr Waters said.

"The aim of the school is for the students to know themselves and have a sense of who they are and what they believe in."


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