Senior Induction 2022

Congratulations to our Senior Class of 2022 who have now been formally inducted as leaders of the College at the Senior Induction Ceremony that took place on Friday 11 February at the Sharks Event Centre. It was wonderful for our entire College at the Sharks Event Centre and live streamed back at the College to witness our Year 12 students accepting their Senior Badges from Board Chair, Mr David Tanner, and Principal, Ms Joanne Sheehy. This was a very proud moment for each individual student as they crossed the stage. This important event in our calendar signifies the transition of our Year 12 cohort into their final year at the College and formally acknowledges them as leaders of our student body.

After our College Captain, Charley Ellwood, led his peers in the Senior Pledge, each student received their badge and signed the Senior Register. This register is the same one that all Year 12 students have signed at their Senior Induction Ceremony since the College’s inception and represents each student’s acknowledgement of the duties and responsibilities they agree to undertake as a member of the Senior Cohort.

The Year 12 students and College Community were captivated by the wonderful singing of the Year 2 Choir. Their performance of Tiny Bubbles by Katherine Ruhle was delightful and beautifully conducted by Rachel Newcombe and accompanied by Nadia MacKenzie.

In his College Captain’s address, Charley Ellwood announced the Year 12 quote from Warner Bros’ Be Brave, Take Risks, and go for the Kaboom!’, and how this is a clear message that the Class of 2022 are looking forward, and that potential challenges will not deter or diminish them from achieving their goals as individuals and as leaders. Charley further encouraged ‘everyone to reach out into as new environment, even if it meant stepping out of your comfort zone’. As a result of this, Charley went on to say ‘For many, the obstacle holding us back is the fear of failure, and the knowledge that what you are doing has an inherent risk attached. However, it is this overcoming of fear and the refusal to be held back by it that makes the seemingly unattainable goals we may have, attainable’.

In response, Year 11 student, Charlotte Squire, offered words of encouragement and support and how the interactions that each and every senior has with younger students has a profound impact ‘…one person can change the world’. Year 6 student, Jinyu Yan, spoke of the close relationship that Seniors build with the Junior School and encouraged the newly inducted seniors to embrace their inner self and take charge of the legacy they leave behind and the opportunities for leadership this year.

The Year 12 cohort entered the Sharks Event Centre this morning as students of the College, and as they exited, they left as inducted Seniors of A.B. Paterson College. On behalf of the entire College community, we wish our newly inducted Seniors the very best on their journey this year.

Simon Edgar
Acting Head of Senior School