The calendar year and the school year are the same in PNG and Australia; her first day of school was in February. Anastasia graduated from Banz Christian Academy in mid-November.
They practiced for graduation for a solid month beforehand, so anticipation had built up greatly! She was excited to wear her bow tie in addition to her normal school uniform, and had a little photoshoot with her sister.
Annie got there early to put on her gown, but then there was a good deal of waiting for the invited guests (including the Governor, who unsurprisingly did not make it).
Finally, it was time to process in to the church building. Annie had also been practicing marching for weeks. Can you tell?
Annie had kept it a secret that she was going to give a little welcoming address in front of the whole student body! She did great- spoke clearly and had every word down.
Next were various items given by the different classes, showcasing some of the things they learned.
At last, after several hours, it was time to give certificates and awards.
Anastasia also received an award for top marks! It was a math workbook.
Well done, Anastasia!