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Seniors choose different paths for bright futures

104 St Brendan’s College Year 12 young men have celebrated their Valedictory, taking part in a graduation Mass, ceremony and College farewell and reflecting on the brotherhood and mateship of the College before they step into the world as young adults.

While graduation day is at the forefront of their minds now, in a matter of weeks they will step onto various paths to lead them to different careers and opportunities for the future.

With many planning to study at university and follow professional careers, there are also many with apprenticeships, trades and agricultural careers on their minds, and the St Brendan’s College academic offering reflects these divergent futures.

The recent College Awards Night saw the two major awards go to students with two varied future paths:  2017 Dux of the College was awarded to day student Flynn Berry who attained five subject prizes and was awarded the highest mark, a VHA10, in five of his six subjects; and 2017 Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student of the Year went to Daniel McNamara, a boarder from Blackall, who excelled in his senior program ranking the highest in his vocational certificates; Certificate II Engineering in Pathways, Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways and Certificate I in Construction.

Flynn will move to the Gold Coast in 2018 on a 50 per cent Bond University Excellence Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Actuarial Science.

“I love maths, so I was looking for a career that led from that and actuarial science which studies maths, risk assessment and finance was something you can apply to real-world scenarios,” Flynn said.

For Daniel McNamara, a boarder who came to the College in Year 11 from Blackall, his interest in welding and construction and football, saw him settle in quickly to the College.

“It only took me about three weeks to settle in as I got to know the other students well in dorm, playing football and in classes,” Dan said.

“I liked welding and construction so I chose the certificate subjects as I knew they’d help me in future,” he said.

Soon after graduation, Daniel will interview for a boiler-making apprenticeship on the Central Highlands for 2018.

St Brendan’s College Principal Nick Scully congratulated the 2017 Seniors on their commitment to their studies and taking advantage of the full range of opportunities available at the College.

“We hope our students leave our College with fond memories and will call on the brotherhood and belonging of our College in future years,” Mr Scully said.

“We also wish them well in their future and hope their education and life skills learnt at the College will support them as they move into the world as proud St Brendan’s College men,” he said. 

“The success and paths of St Brendan’s students over many years has been wide and varied and with a strong rural and regional history we offer an academic program to support an enormous range of careers, whether that’s university and various professions, trades, agriculture or others.”

St Brendan’s College is a Catholic day and boarding school for boys from Years 7 to 12.  It is located on a beautiful 300-acre campus at Yeppoon and has a proud history of educating young men in the Edmund Rice tradition of service to the community. For more information please visit

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