Words reflect Glendyne success
YEAR 12 student Travis Mares is just one of the many students that Glendyne Education and Training Centre has helped to turn their lives around.
In his speech at Glendyne’s graduation and awards ceremony on Friday afternoon, Travis told how he had gone from a suspended student in a mainstream school to learning with his hands and making better choices at Glendyne.
He took home the award for the most outstanding vocational student and said he was considering starting a contract cleaning business and was also looking at mechanics and carpentry as career choices.
“I’ve still got a lot of thinking to do,” Travis said.
About 150 students and guests attended the celebration at the school in Nikenbah to watch about 20 Year 12 students graduating and to see a variety of awards handed out across all year levels from 8 to 12.
Glendyne principal Dale Hansen said it had been a busy year with many changes.
“We started the year with lots of rain, mixed with a building program,” he said.
“Add to that seven new staff, curriculum changes, and 117 students that we could barely fit into the school.
“But I can honestly say that while all this has been a challenge, the year has finished well.
“The best thing is we’ve had fantastic outcomes – about a 330 per cent improvement on educational outcomes.”
Mr Hansen thanked the staff, students and community for their efforts during the year and paid tribute to two students who demonstrated “a milestone in student appreciation” by baking a cake and putting together a baby shower for one of the teachers.
“These are qualities and acts of appreciation that are being lost in society today and to think that both of these students came here hating school, is a real achievement in their lives and for the school,” he said.
Mr Hansen finished his speech with these words:
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.