2020 Alesco Graduations
For the first time in our school’s history, Alesco held separate graduations for each campus in the Hunter and Mid North Coast regions. From Tuesday 1st December until Friday 11th December 2020, Alesco Tuncurry, Tomaree, North Lakes, Raymond Terrace, Newcastle and Cessnock ran events at local venues and live streamed via Zoom to anyone who may have been unable to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Alesco Tuncurry graduation was a proud moment all round for our 40 strong Tuncurry campus cohort. The ceremony was held at Club Forster and attended by students, parents, careers as well as special guests Principal Theresa Pantalone, Atwea Executive Director Rowan Cox, Atwea Board Member Jane McConville, Australian Defence Force representative David Morgan and Ted Bickford.
Our Alesco Tomaree graduation was a joyful celebration giving the students an opportunity to reflect on their achievements throughout the year. We would like to thank Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer for attending and conferring his Dedication and Growth Award along with other special guests, Chris Seysener (Atwea Board Chairperson), Nicola Bartlett (Senior Education Manager), Tracey Stenlund (VACE Coordinator), Grant Dennis (Northlakes Head Teacher) and Mere Johnson (Student Welfare Officer). Thank you to our student’s, Monique for starting the ceremony off and Stephanie for her heart-warming address to end the day, as well as Jenna and Tjarla for giving the Acknowledgement to Country. Special mention to Stephanie Aitchison who received the Alesco Resilience Award.
Alesco Northlakes campus gathered to celebrate the graduation and achievements of our wonderful students. 2020 has thrown many obstacles in our students directions and we’re so incredible proud of their resilience and perseverance. Two ceremonies were held at Cardiff RSL which included our Junior and Senior students as well as many special guests. The Northlakes staff are very sad to say goodbye to our department students and look forward to seeing what the future holds.
Alesco Cooks Hill celebrated the achievements of our 2020 cohort at Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre. As always, the students have shown incredible resilience in marking another milestone in their educational journey. We were lucky enough to be joined by special guests Dan Brown, Tim Crakanthrop MP, LAC Damien Smith, Board Members Chris Seyenser and Kelsey Barrett, Executive Director Rowan Cox and Principal Theresa Pantalone.
Alesco Raymond Terrace held their 2020 Graduation Ceremony at the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club. In attendance were some very special guests who we thank for their time. Thank you Ms Kate Washington MP, Councillor Paul Le Mottee, Atwea Board Member Todd Saddington, Jamie Culver (Youth Health Team, Alesco Alumni), Senior Constable John Collins and William Harrison (Raymond Terrace Library). Senior 1 student, Jack Polson was outstanding as our Master of Ceremonies.
Alesco Cessnock held a dual graduation ceremony for both their junior and senior schools at Cessnock Leagues Club which was followed by a senior formal. The event was the perfect opportunity to recognise the achievements of our 2020 students and their incredible effort in inspiring one another to work through any challenge they may have faced. Paul Mather Memorial Award recipient and Cessnock student Joel Gilmour also spoke about his experiences at Alesco and winning his award during the ceremony.
We would like to congratulate all of our Alesco 2020 cohort on their achievements for this year and wish our departing students all the best for the future.