Tears as students say farewell
AMONG the hundreds of unique achievements by graduating Ipswich students this week, Robert Hyde and Tom Wohling can claim one that will never again be matched.
The two Year 12 students yesterday became the first to complete their entire 13-year education from Prep to Year 12 at Springfield Anglican College.
Head of College Steve Croft said it was a sign of growth for the college that had expanded rapidly to meet the needs of the burgeoning western corridor.
"We are very proud of the contribution that these young men and the rest of the graduating cohort have made to the Springfield Anglican College over the past 13 years," he said.
After entering the school for the first time in 1999, Robert went on to be school vice captain and performing arts captain this year.
He said while he was excited about what lay ahead for him, he would always remember his time at the school fondly.
"When I started there was maybe 20-odd students. Now it's grown to hundreds," he said.
"The school was just a single building, whereas now there is one absolutely giant campus and another well on its way.
"I love my uniform, I very much love my school and I'm very proud to be part of it and so it's quite sad to be leaving," he said.
Robert plans to explore his passion for performing in coming years by studying at the University of Southern Queensland.
Tom's first day at the school came in term two of 1999.
He said while the school had grown rapidly over the past 13 years, the positive culture remained the same.
"It's a good, safe environment and there are many opportunities for growth," Tom said. "I'm proud to be one of the first students to go from Prep to grade 12 - it's a real honour."
Tom has also been involved in the college's performing arts program and has already set himself some clear career goals.
"Next year I'm going to USQ to study a Bachelor of Applied Media degree," he said.
"I'm going to major in directing and hopefully one day I can be a music video director."
Springfield Anglican College has more than 700 students and has a kindergarten on the way.