Today we wish to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Year 12 Class of 2020, through the acknowledgment of achievement in VCE & VCAL. We will also be presenting awards to students who attained excellent results in Year 7 - 11 2020.
We are streaming this today to our special guests, so on behalf of you all I extend a special welcome, for their final Mater Christi Assembly, to the high achievers of the Year 12 Class of 2020 and their families.
You are rightly being recognised for excellence....
…and Excellence comes in many forms.
You will see it displayed in forums as diverse as the Olympics and the Academy Awards, the Nobel Prize presentations and the Brownlow.
The winners are lauded for their talent, sometimes they are described as ‘freaks’ or ‘geniuses’.
There is no doubting that natural talent helps.
But it is never sufficient in and of itself.
Albert Einstein, father of the theory of relativity and one of the greatest figures in 20th century was always frustrated when people referred to his genius. Exasperated, one day he said:
“It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer".
So, to you, our 2020 academic awards winners, particularly those joining us online, we celebrate more than talent, more than intelligence. We celebrate the fact that you stayed with something longer. You were committed to working hard, to seeking help, and to studying in pairs or groups. You practised SAC and exam questions regularly and acted on the feedback your teachers gave. Your efforts paid off…as each of you knows, and your results attest to this.
The entire Mater Christi community should be delighted by the overall achievements of 2020. There hasn’t been another year like it, at least in our memories.
Could you ever have imagined remote learning?
Your studies were completed at home against the backdrop of uncertainty, with many unique and mostly untold success stories, of students who achieved their personal bests and who overcame significant difficulties.
Your teachers also had their own stories, some teaching you while also caring for young children, elderly parents and very needy pets. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to have cat or dog crash a zoom class. We were all adapting to a new way of doing things.
On your behalf I want to thank your teachers for all that they did and continue to do, from Year 7 to 12, to ensure that you can be your best self.
And to your parents and carers, who encouraged you, fed you and who perhaps had their own challenges to overcome. On your behalf I thank them for the love and support they provided to you all during 2020.
Ultimately Mater Christi is a launching pad for your future; you are the doves in flight represented in our beautiful and unique college crest. It won’t always be easy, but we hope and pray that you have gained skills here that you will use for a lifetime ahead.
We celebrate with all of our students, VCAL, VCE and those receiving Scholastica and other special awards. Many of you have been accepted into employment, further training and tertiary courses at a range of institutions. We look forward to hearing about your adventures.