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Seniors of 2016

30/11/2016
What a fantastic ending to twelve long, hard years of education for the Seniors of 2016.
The seniors of 2016 celebrated the culmination of twelve years of school in the week of 14th to the 18th of November, 2016 with activities provided and run by both the school and outside providers such Queensland Police and other emergency services such as Fire and Rescue.
The students received their graduation certificates and their Grade One and Grade Twelve photos flashed up on the screen telling a story of where they had come from and the journey they had made.  Our amazing School Captains, Katelyn and Daniel, gave a memorable Valedictory speech and said thank you and goodbye to the seniors of 2016 for the very last time.  The Year 12 Coordinator, Mrs Stankovich, gave her speech and told of how proud she is of the seniors of 2016 and how this very special group had achieved great success for themselves and their school in 2016.  As a special thank you, the seniors then presented their parents with a personalised letter and a rose to show their appreciation of the support and love the parents had provided them with throughout their years at Mareeba State High School.  To finish off the evening our Seniors cheered in celebration, in a moment that they will not forget in a hurry.
Friday morning, the last day of school ever for the seniors of 2016, began with pancakes and ice-cream prepared by school staff. Later, with only minutes left of school the seniors gathered on the old parade ground, and as mid-day approached the bell was rung for the last time, tears were shed, screams of joy echoed and the Seniors of 2016 left the school grounds for the very last time. 
The Senior Formal was the last time that this group would be together in their entirety.  They all looked magnificent, and some unrecognisable, as they arrived, in their many different vehicles, at the Mareeba International Club.  The night was definitely a family affair, with hundreds of friends and family showing up to celebrate this significant milestone for the Graduates of 2016.  Camera’s flashed as the seniors walked down the red carpet into their Senior Formal.  It wasn’t long before the students took to the dance floor for the Teton Mountain Stomp which brought the group together in a swirl of magic, colour and movement. During the night parents were invited up to dance and the dance floor came to life with students, teachers and parents dancing. At 11.30 it was time to say goodbye. 
This year’s graduating class have represented the school with pride and honour.  They have acted as role models for all students at Mareeba State High School and became active citizens within the Mareeba Community.  They have gone above and beyond in everything they have done. They are a year level that a school should be proud to send off with pride and confidence. They leave as a year level that evolved through events, ideas, strength, work and growth into a group that will leave their own legacy, leave quality memories in teachers’ minds and leave an overwhelmingly positive impression.
We will miss you all.  Congratulations Seniors of 2016.