Ten students from the Northern Border Senior Access Program celebrated their graduation

A large crowd of family, friends and teachers got together last week to celebrate the end of schooling for the HSC students from the Northern Border Senior Access Program (NBSA).

This year saw ten students from Boggabilla, Collarenebri, Goodooga and Mungindi graduate in style at a formal event at the Max Centre in Moree on Thursday, October 26.

The night was particularly successful with students receiving quite a number of awards and celebrating a successful two years with NBSA.

Graduating on the night was Tamika Wood from Goodooga Central School, Dylan McIntosh, Ronald Dennison, Shannon Hippi and Reanne McGrady from Boggabilla Central School, Jeffrey Flick, Serena Pluess and Liam Peters from Collarenebri Central School and Dana Jeffreys and Liam Hill from Mungindi Central School.

Special guest for the night was Wayne ‘Buddy’ Hippi, a former Boggabilla man who spoke of his own inspiring journey and encouraged the students to believe in themselves, to develop a good support network and to follow their dreams.

The highlight of the evening came when he pulled some teachers out of the crowd to take part in a traditional Aboriginal dance.

This year’s graduation also saw the presentation of three prestigious awards.

Reanne McGrady and Liam Peters were both awarded a certificate for recognition for their ‘Commitment to Senior Studies’ while Tamika Woods received an award for her ‘Significant Achievement in Vocational Education’ after successfully completing a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.

“We are always so proud of our students on their Graduation night,” NBSA coordinator Shelly Riddell said.

“It is a wonderful journey to watch as we see these students develop into successful young adults.

“Graduation is a celebration of the end of their schooling but also the beginning of what we hope will be a successful and rewarding future.

“Congratulations to the Class of 2017; we wish them all the best.”