AS we reflect on 2018 and make plans for the new year, hundreds of teenagers across the Hawkesbury are preparing for the most important year of their schooling careers – some might argue, the most important year of their lives thus far.
On the cusp of entering Year 12 as seniors, student leaders from Colo High School told us about their hopes, plans and dreams for their senior year at school.
William Potter (16) said he aimed to apply himself in Year 12, score a high ATAR, and get into a good university in a STEM course.
“My ultimate goal is to work on finding engineering solutions to global issues such as climate change, equality and human development,” William said.
“I hope that in the meantime, political action is taken on resolving or minimising these issues, for the benefit of humanity.”
Tayla Turner (17) said she also aimed to get the best mark she can for her HSC, so she can study psychology in criminology at university.
“[Throughout the year] I hope to be a good mentor and role model for all the younger students at Colo High School,” Tayla said.
Aiden LeFevre (17) hopes to keep following his AFL dreams, and hopefully take his AFL career professional.
In 2019, he wants to become involved with local AFL club, Greater Western Sydney Giants, and become an AFL ambassador in the Hawkesbury community.
“I want to promote healthy lifestyles and get people involved in the game,” Aiden said.
For Eliza Ecob (17) doing well in her art major project for Year 12 is top of her list, and she hopes to be selected for Art Express.
“Achieving this would be an outstanding privilege in my creative journey,” she said.
“I hope for an exciting end in 2019 of thirteen years of school. I plan to make a difference in this small community in my role as a school leader, enjoying every minute of my last year at Colo High.”
Angus Lillie (17) wants to obtain his HSC, then secure an apprenticeship in horticulture so he can manage gardens on old properties - one of his passions.
“I’d like to really enjoy this last year of school before entering into the ‘real world’. Getting work and earning money is appealing, but I also really like seeing my mates every day,” Angus said.
“I want to make Year 12 count on both educational and social levels.”
Elaina Torresan (17) said she hadn’t decided what to do after Year 12, but wanted to focus on enjoying “every single minute” of her final year at school.
“I just hope to study extremely hard all year, have it pay off with the HSC with hopes to set my life in some sort of direction filled with love, hard work, happiness and success,” Elaina said.