23 November, 2022
Class of 2022 says farewell
It was an emotional period for Oakey State High’s Class of 2022 as the students said goodbye to school.
Tears flowed, hugs were shared and parents watched on proudly as the Grade 12 cohort of Oakey State High School walked out of the graduation ceremony at the school’s assembly hall.
A slideshow of memories from their last six years of schooling was projected onto the stage screen, showing the departing cohort how much they had changed.
Principal Danny Keenan gave an impassioned address to his students, noting that 100 per cent of graduates at Oakey High, had received a QCE certificate, an outlier in Queensland.
Outgoing School Captains Samuel Ferguson, Macy Hall, Kirra-lee Lawrie and Cameron Newton shared their reflections on their last six years of high school, and how much they had changed and grown as people.
The school anthem was performed beautifully, for the last time this year, by outgoing Year 12 student Raquel Doudle-Waters.
The incoming school captains, Ally Darr, Deborah Heyze, Isla Prior- Mead and Sharmekha Young passed on their best wishes for the departing students of 2022.
This was a significant moment by itself, as it marked the first time in six decades of school history that all four of the Oakey State High School captains will be female.
At the end, parents, grandparents and supporters joined junior secondary students, who were watching via video link to form a guard of honour for the seniors outside the school hall.
Here at The Oakey Champion, we wish all graduates the very best for their future studies and careers.