Mr Alexander, whose daughter started at IGS as a five year old, congratulated and applauded students for their courage this year.
“While this is the final culmination of many years at School, it is not a definitive measure of who you are and what you are capable of and by no means the end of the road,” Mr Alexander said. “Your value and purpose in life is so much bigger.
“Regardless of the mark you get, you are going forward with skills and an education you have been enriched with through IGS. I’ve seen my daughter grow up at IGS from a quiet and curious five year old to a Year 12 student shaped by the values that this School embodies.
“With the guidance of arguably the world’s most talented and empathetic teachers and staff in an environment that celebrates diversity, individuality, resilience and community.”
Mr Alexander gave a heartfelt thank you to IGS Principal Shauna Colnan, describing her as a “remarkable and compassionate leader who has instilled a unique environment” for students to “prosper and develop into well rounded and insightful individuals.”
He contrasted a graphic of an orderly plan for his own future at the age of 18 with the actuality of his career path – wonderfully convoluted and full of surprises and changes of direction.
He also said students should listen and trust their inner voices when making choices about their future.
We thank Mr Alexander for sharing his story and words of advice with our community.