Northern Border Senior Access' (NBSA) class of 2019 capped off their school journey in style with a graduation ceremony held in Moree recently.
Nine students from Boggabilla, Collarenebri, Goodooga and Mungindi attended the graduation celebration, held in the chandelier ballroom at the Max Centre in Moree on Thursday, November 14.
Graduating on the night was Daniel Jarrett, Deborah McGrady and Rexiharna Jarrett from Boggabilla Central School; Bronwyn Hollis from Collarenebri Central School; Kesha Loughrey from Goodooga Central School; Angel Armstrong, Breanna Prince, Shaekaylah Holland and Shernille Ellis from Mungindi Central School.
Kesha was the big winner of the night, receiving NBSA's major achievement award. Not only did Kesha receive her Higher School Certificate, but she also came away with a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways, a Certificate II in Business, a Certificate II in Retail, and a Premiers scholarship. She also successfully completed a school-based traineeship with the Commonwealth Bank in Dubbo, was a regional finalist in the VET awards in her category, and has gained permanent employment.
Another stand-out student on the night was Daniel, who graduated with his Higher School Certificate, as well as an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank, and a Certificate III in Retail. He also completed a school-based traineeship with McDonald's in Goondiwindi and has since gained permanent employment.
All of the students received VET Certificates or a Statement Towards, and many of the graduates came away with awards and opportunities that will aid them in their future career paths.
NBSA head teacher access Shelly Riddell said this highlights the opportunities that smaller rural schools and committed staff are very proud to offer.
"It is quite an emotional night as we see the potential and confidence in each of our graduates that we have struggled with, encouraged, championed off, laughed with, worried about gloriously move into the next chapter of their lives," she said.
"Their family continues to be very proud."
On the night a special presentation recognising all 266 NBSA graduates since 1992 was held, in the lead up to the program's 30th anniversary, with much cheer afforded to the latest nine.