Teens overcome adversity for an optimistic future
OVERCOMING adversity and barriers are a must for all Year 12 students, but the cohort at Carinity Education Glendyne have had to deal with much more.
When other schools turned away or the students were spending to much time on the principal's office instead of the classroom, they come to Glendyne.
The school specialising in troubled youth yesterday celebrated 2014 as its most successful year, turning around the lives of a record number of teens and 92% becoming job ready through certificates.
School captains Kayla Kissack and Stephen Brunkie have overcome life obstacles to make remarkable personal achievements.
Ms Kissack is pursuing a university degree next year and Mr Brunkie is aiming for an apprenticeship in cabinet making.
"The students and staff at Glendyne have helped me overcome some of my challenging issues and just been there for a chat when I'm not feeling the best," Mr Brunkie said.
"I have also learned ways to cope with anger and sadness through some of the classes I attended when I first started."
Principal Dale Hansen said the students had graduated and will go on to become valuable members of the community.
"They're facing various home barriers - they're facing barriers socially, barriers in education and sometimes they need more support," he said.
"They could be facing drugs or family issues or homelessness just to name a few."
On Friday, the 2014 captains climbed a 12m rock wall as a metaphorical symbol of resilience.