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Graduation is a privilege.  However, it is a privilege that students have worked long and hard to achieve and for which we deserve to be recognised in a proper fashion.

 Organising a valedictory cocktail function "in lieu of Valedictory Dinner" I believe is merely insulting to both us as students and our parents who have paid thousands of dollars in school fees over the years.    Whilst the schools correspondence was silent, "cocktail" function was intended to describe the limited finger food to be served and not the beverages.

 I also feel it is disrespectful to us students to deny us a traditional Valedictory dinner to celebrate and enjoy the culmination of 13 years of schooling with friends and family.   Completing year 12 is an important life time achievement and such a milestone should be celebrated accordingly with the full support of the school.  As has been custom and tradition at Saint Francis Xavier for many years, the year 12 a valedictory dinner should be a celebratory event that culminates the end of gruelling exams and school.

 This latest decision pertaining to Graduation and the Valedictory function has been one of many this year that seems to have not encouraged nor benefited students but more so damaged the morale of the senior students.

 Throughout the 2017 year, students have been let down with the blanket decisions made by the school.  Whilst seemingly unimportant to the school, not having a year 12 parade at swimming & athletics carnival only frustrated and disappointed current year 12 students who have for the preceding years applauded their peers. And I am sure there are a number of reasons why this year students were not allowed to bring partners to formal or a friend to witness their upcoming presentation ball.

 To say that I am exasperated at the recent direction of St Francis Xavier College is an understatement.   I do not believe I am alone in my feeling of discontent and trepidation of future schooling years for the remaining students.  One only has to be a member of any of the social media platforms to realise that, for those who will take the time to make a formal complaint, there are many who will not but remain aggrieved nonetheless.

 I implore you to reconsider arrangements for the class of 2017 and future years' valedictory celebrations to an event that is worthy for students, parents and Saint Francis Xavier College.

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