Home-schooled trio of graduates grateful to their parents
LOCAL teenagers Lainie Lanzon, Tess Lanzon and Esther May are tired of the negative connotations that surround children who are home-schooled.
The trio, who graduated from their secondary education in an independent ceremony on Thursday evening, have been granted the same privileges as conventional students.
"The question we are asked most often is how do we make friends," said Lainie.
"We aren't isolated guinea pigs," she laughed.
The three young women marked the occasion of finishing school with an intimate celebration with family, friends and their respective dates.
"We had such a great night," Tess said.
"Dinner was catered for us, we arrived in nice cars and our parents made speeches for each of us."
Dressing up to the nines was a rare opportunity for the girls, who usually attended school in their pyjamas.
"We were able to take a break whenever we liked," Tess said.
"There was no pressure at all and I think it teaches kids to be more independent."
The three home-schooled students collectively agreed they would continue the trend with their own families in the future.
The three, who all live in Calliope, say receiving their education from home was a great experience.
"We don't feel like we've missed out on a single thing," said Esther.
"I had the opportunity to spend more time with my family.
"And for that, I'm so grateful for my parents' decision."