NEXT STEP: Biloela High School graduating students Matt Davidson, Stuart Arnold, Phoebe Georgiou and Arianna Travilla are excited for what the future holds.
NEXT STEP: Biloela High School graduating students Matt Davidson, Stuart Arnold, Phoebe Georgiou and Arianna Travilla are excited for what the future holds.

BRIGHT FUTURES: Biloela's top school leavers reveal plans

THE 2019 graduating class of Biloela are a determined lot with a bright future as they transition into adult life.

The cohort of 57 Year 12 students from Biloela State High School enjoyed their graduation ceremony on November 15 and many students are already prepared to tackle future challenges.

We caught up with graduated students Stuart Arnold, Matt Davidson, Phoebe Georgiou and Arianna Travilla who looked back on their schooling career at Biloela State High School with fond memories as they move on to further studies.

Mr Arnold has applied to study a Bachelor of Design and Architecture with his eyes set on the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technologies as his first preferences.

 

Stuart Arnold has a keen eye for architecture and design studies in Brisbane.
Stuart Arnold has a keen eye for architecture and design studies in Brisbane.

 

"I love the design aspect of architecture," Mr Arnold said.

"I went and did a day of work with one of my relatives down in Brisbane and he's a building inspector and that was cool going around with him.

"I want to move to Brisbane and I have to for study but I have lots of family and friends down there."

Growing up on a farm, Matthew Davidson is wrapped to already be ahead one year in his Diesel Fitting Apprenticeship which he has already partly completed through high school.

 

Matthew Davidson has grown up on a property fixing things so a Diesel Fitting Apprenticeship is perfect for him.
Matthew Davidson has grown up on a property fixing things so a Diesel Fitting Apprenticeship is perfect for him.

 

"I started working one day a week in June 2018 while I was in Year 11 for my apprenticeship," Mr Davidson said.

" It leads onto a full-time job and it knocks a full year off the apprenticeship so I will start as a second year apprentice.

"I've only noticed the benefit of partly completing my apprenticeship now with other graduated students looking for work and stressing about but I've been able to set myself up."

Phoebe Georgiou had a very exciting Graduation Day with her early acceptance into her degree, Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Business Law), with the University of Southern Queensland.

 

Phoebe Georgiou jumped the gun and got early acceptance into university so knows she can relax about her OP score.
Phoebe Georgiou jumped the gun and got early acceptance into university so knows she can relax about her OP score.

 

"To get early acceptance I had to apply for an early offer guarantee," Ms Georgiou said.

"I had to fill a form in and get a reference from the school that recommended I am capable of completing a university degree.

"I got my offer on Graduation Day which was really good and saved me a lot of stress because I don't want to see my OP."

Arianna Travilla will be going on a working gap year to build up money and also her art portfolio as a keen young artist looking to make a splash in the field.

 

Arianna Travilla wants to focus on her art portfolio and finances during a gap year.
Arianna Travilla wants to focus on her art portfolio and finances during a gap year.

 

"Eventually I am aiming to be accepted into a double degree, Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts," Ms Travilla said.

"My current ideas are to either keep exploring my current theme that I've been working on through my art studies.

"And apply to more art galleries for work and shows where I can across the wider region."

Biloela State High School principal Heather Murray said the entire 2019 graduating class had maintained and chased a clear pathway through their schooling and studies.

"Almost 50 per cent of that cohort are heading to tertiary education and that's why I asked Matt here today because even those that aren't still have a very clear pathway and he knows exactly what he wants to do," Mrs Murray said.

"For us Year 13, which is the year after they graduate, it's about how successfully we as a school have transitioned them into their pathway.

"They're a really good group of kids and they've been an absolute asset to Biloela with their leadership and the community spirit and service they've shown through JBOYS and Shave for a Cure."


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