Gearing up to Graduation: our graduating class of 2022

Gearing up to Graduation: our graduating class of 2022
Student Success Stories Secondary Weekly Highlights

Term 3 is always what I refer to as the happy-sad term. We have so many points of celebration and joyful reflection on the year that has been and we throw ourselves into those communal events, such as our final assembly, concerts and awards ceremonies, that play such an important role in creating that feeling of togetherness and Alice Smithness. We also know, however, that we will be saying goodbye to our Year 13 graduating class. We do so each year with pride and tears and the hope that they will, at times, come back to us. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Vice Principal for Community and Operations, Gavin Lazaro, shares some thoughts on this year’s Year 13 Graduation and graduating class.  

 On Tuesday 28th June, we will host our next Graduation for the Alice Smith School Class of 2022 who, in their time at our school, have lived our values of kindness, connectedness, integrity, resilience and respect. Graduation will be our opportunity to say thank you and good luck to a remarkable group of Year 13 students. They number 98 in total, and in this cohort, we have 26 who have been with us for more than 10 years, and two who have been with us for 14 years!

On the day of Graduation, Year 13 will come into school for the last time as students of Alice Smith. We’ve got a fabulous day organised for them including time with each other, a light lunch and a formal ceremony to which parents, siblings and wider family members are invited. During the ceremony, they will wear formal graduation robes, listen to some inspirational words from staff and peers, and receive their certificates. Afterwards, there will be photo opportunities aplenty, along the lines of the photos you can see in this post which date back to the last time we were able to host a formal graduation on site.

We wish them well on their journeys to a variety of destinations next year which are likely to include:


The UK

  • University of Oxford
  • Imperial College London
  • University College London

North America

  • Yale University
  • McGill
  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Boston University


  • University of Hong Kong
  • Keio University Mita
  • International Medical University


  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Leiden University
  • IE University, Madrid

This fabulous group of students is hoping to study a variety of courses including dentistry, anthropology, law, engineering, graphic design, sociology, music, media, history… the list goes on.

I am sure you will all join us in wishing “Good Luck to our Class of 2022!”

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Maria Osowiecki

Secondary Principal