Certificate II in Salon Assistant … Lei-Jada Simpson, Ayarna Fisher and Marie Gibson

December 8, 2020

A special celebration to mark the graduation of students from Nurunderi TAFE College has become a new tradition over the past five years at Cherbourg … and one that always brings smiles to plenty of faces.

Nurunderi Campus Co-ordinator Sharon Sippel said she was very proud of all the students as they gathered with friends and family at the college on Tuesday morning for the ceremony.

“We are celebrating your successes today. Congratulations!” she said.

“All these people that are here are cheering you on for all you have accomplished through this year … this year has certainly seen many new challenges for us all.

“This is your celebration. This is all your hard work, your commitment to yourself and to your studies.”

Seventy-six students at the college completed their studies this year.

On Tuesday, certificates were presented to students who were studying:

  • Certificate II in Skills for Education, Training and Employment Pathways
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Home and Community Care)
  • Certificate I in Construction
  • Certificate II in Health Support Services
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Certificate III graduate Alicia Brenker reflected on a year of struggles in her address to her fellow students.

“When we were informed (of the COVID-19 Cherbourg border closure) … our hearts sank,” she said.

“How were we going to complete our course?

“But, to give credit where credit is due, the staff here dug down deep and through their sheer determination they arranged ways for us to complete our courses, which led us to be here today graduating.

“These guys pulled a rabbit out of a hat big time, and I think they deserve major credit for that!

“To my classmates I say … we did it! We beat 2020!”

The proud bunch of graduates at Nurunderi TAFE in Cherbourg on Tuesday morning

Graduate Alicia Brenker thanked the TAFE staff and congratulated her fellow students

Uncle Eric Law did the Welcome To Country and spoke about the journey the students had begun
Certificate III in Individual Support … Kerry Rivers, Alicia Brenker, Shannon De Ross, Leanne Hillier, Kira Coleman and Ellen Mosby
Certificate II in Health Support Services … Hayley Rattey and Ron-Keyah Bond
Cr Kathy Duff, who was a guest at the graduation, with Nurunderi Campus Co-ordinator Sharon Sippel and TAFE Queensland Executive Director Studies (South West Region) Jenni Butler

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