Watching my son graduate recently from Byron High School, I could not help comparing the difference from my own schooling. Having attended an exclusive, expensive private school that instilled elitism, tolerated bullying and fostered many values I would not want my children exposed to, I feel extremely glad that Byron Bay has such a good public school.
The staff and students have created and maintained a culture of co-operation more than competition, with programs to deal with bullying and to encourage acceptance. I have watched my daughter and now my son go through their school years at Byron High in an atmosphere that encourages learning, open-mindedness, environmental and social awareness and tolerance. It’s a vast difference from what I experienced at school.
There was a feeling of camaraderie and warmth among the students and staff at the school breakfast and final assembly, as well as the school formal. The principal Peter King and year adviser George Graham both made inspiring speeches, delivered from the heart with humour, wisdom and guidance. I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to the principal, all the teachers, the P and C, and everyone else who has helped make the school what it is. It was great to see this group of young people finishing school and preparing for their futures as adults and I wish them all the very best, hoping they will take with them the wholesome values that have been instilled at Byron High School.
Rossco Faithfull, Possum Creek