The class of 2021 have made us all proud. Year 12 is hard at the best of times, but over the past two years, COVID-19 has thrown up extra hurdles, including home learning, delayed trial exams and challenges around accessing vaccinations.

These extraordinary young people have risen to every challenge, cleared every bar, and are now so close to finishing the race.

I want to acknowledge year 12 students from Ashfield Boys High School, Bethlehem College, Casimir College, Christian Brothers High School Lewisham, De La Salle Ashfield, Dulwich High School of Visual Art and Design, Marrickville High, St Maroun's and Trinity Grammar. I also acknowledge the important and transformative work of our local principals, teachers and support staff, all of whom have been full shoulder to the wheel to support students and help them fulfil their potential.

Finally, I also acknowledge and thank parents and carers who have been there to support their kids' learning and mental health and wellbeing. No-one could have predicted what this year would bring, but you have been there for your kids and given them such a strong foundation for the challenges and adventures ahead. Congratulations and best of luck, year 12.