End of an era for Boyd Girdler
Chinchilla State School farewelled their cohort of grade six students as they embark on a new life journey - high school.
Chinchilla State School held their Presentation Day on Tuesday December 10, at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre.
Graduate and school captain Boyd Girdler said being the school captain has been the best part of his primary schooling but he's happy to trade it for the 40-minute lunch breaks at high school.
Continuing his schooling in Chinchilla, Girdler said he will miss having all his friends at the same school.
"I've got heaps of really good friends here that support me… they gave me courage when I needed it, and helped me out in certain situations," he said.
The aspiring supercross rider hopes to nab a Monster sponsorship so he can pursue his passion of riding dirt bikes.
"I've been riding since I was two, it's in my blood," he said.
"I want to be a mechanic and want a sponsorship from Monster Energy so I can go and ride at supercross."
Having the courage and resilience it takes to get back on a bike after an accident, the challenge of high school is rudimentary for Girdler.
"I broke both my knees in a motorbike crash, ... just knowing the thrill of riding motor bikes, got me riding again."
Principal Chris Gilbert said primary school is a comfortable environment for the students and high school will push them outside their comfort zone.
"Generally primary school is a supportive and caring environment, they have the same teacher every year so it's very familiar to them and, this is the end of familiarity for them as they're off to the big world of high school," Mr Gilbert said.
"They've been very comfortable for a very long time and this is one of those junctions where the decisions they make will take them on different paths," he said.
During the presentation the grade six class received their graduation certificates, as well as awards for the following categories: cultural, sporting, academic, instrumental music, chaplaincy, indigenous encouragement, Chinchilla Lions ladies values champion, citizenship, all-rounder, and principle's awards.
The year five classes also received cultural and sporting awards at the beginning of the ceremony.