ECHUCA Specialist School graduating students were celebrating on December 13 at the Mercure Port of Echuca.
And 13 was the lucy number as ESS had 13 students graduating on the night.
Staff said although the night was somewhat sombre and reflective as they said goodbye to 13 students, it truly was a celebration of the achievements of the amazing and resilient students.
Because all of the graduating students have overcome various challenges and have succeeded in their own way.
The message from principal Paul Marshall was simple; “have compassion for yourself as well as for others. There’s no such thing as perfection, and life is not a race,’’ he said.
‘‘Engage and inspire, whether on an individual level or loudly within your community. Talk about your accomplishments.
‘‘It’s very important. Be humble, but not too humble. Don’t be invisible.
‘‘Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
After the speeches the students, families, friends and staff shared a supper. The 100-strong crowd reminisced over the students’ past years at the school. Staff said again, many stories, tears and laughter were shared.
‘‘We are extremely proud of our what the young people have achieved and wish them the best in their pursuits after schooling,’’ Mr Marshall said.
The graduates will be going into various pathways such as open and supported employment, further education, day programs or a combination of all of these.
Staff said the students have truly lived up to the school motto of ‘we achieve’.