Dear Class of 2020 – A Letter for the Year 12s

A letter to the Year 12 students graduating in 2020

Dear Class of 2020

As you finish school after 13 years, there is one thing that is certain – 2020 sucked big time. 

You may have missed out on school trips; hanging out with friends during school holidays; special days that have been tradition for all other years; maybe your last sports day or swimming carnival; 18th birthday parties; school concerts and school formal; and had ceremonies with many empty seats. 

But through these disappointments, 

you learnt resilience and grit; 

how to work independently; 

to quickly adapt in an ever-changing environment.

You know how to bounce back from setbacks.  

You are stronger. 

You are wiser. 

You are a survivor. 

You are now more appreciative of the things you love. 

We cannot wait to see what the graduates of 2020 will achieve.

“Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.” 

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” 

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

It may not be the year you thought it would be, but it will definitely be a memorable one which you will never forget.


And for the parents and guardians of Year 12 students:

In the blink of an eye that little child who just started school yesterday, but somehow it’s 13 years later. How did it go so quickly? 

All the worry this year, the not knowing how things would pan out; all the disappointments they had, you felt your own heart break a little bit each time; and even though you had your own problems you tried your best to give them calm. 

You supported them; encouraged them, nagged them a little (ok, maybe a lot); bought their favourite treats; tried not to say Good Morning in an irritating way; hoped and prayed for them. Even though you desperately needed a haircut at times and your greys were out of control. 

Words cannot express how proud you are of the amazing person they have become and your heart swells with so much love. 

Give yourselves a pat on the back for riding the great emotional roller coaster of 2020, with your eyes open, and not even throwing up. 


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