Elwood College congratulates the Class of 2019 on finishing their secondary schooling.
These graduates can be very proud of the hard work they have put in over the years, and of the lovely group and individuals they have grown up to be.
On their final day of school, we celebrated the 2019 class with a pancake breakfast cooked by the staff and a farewell assembly.
Here are the graduation speeches delivered at their final assembly by outgoing College Captains Sabrina Phillips and Hugo Radovanovic, and co-Valedictorian Harper Massey.
Thank you all for having us. It's been a great year and a great ride too over the years. Despite conquering these past six years that have taken us from mere children to young adults, although Harper you haven't aged a day science year 7, the journey that we've taken together has been nothing short of historic. Growing together intellectually, socially, hormonally and even a little bit in terms of maturity. Elwood College has brought out the best in all of us as we have of it, everyone willing to put themselves out there to make others laugh and smile, even if it means that are the joke is made at their expense. From our youngest years everyone has indulged themselves in the opportunity, house events, school plays, State Spec, camps and all the rest which has made us all better people for it. To the teachers, those who have seen us through since Year 7 or otherwise, I'm sure each and every one one of us has a lot of gratitude for the helping hand you have given us all, to treat us individually as people and to help all of us with the problems life throws our way. Your personality and incredible charisma will be sorely missed as we enter the next stages of our lives. It's been a stressful year of copious SACs, prac exams and worksheets, but has been aided by a few of the characters our year has been blessed with. Eric managing to ask each and every question possible, Amber keeping us all in line with a yell we will all have nightmares about, Noah always forgetting to bring his social filter to school and Teo’s excessive stress are just some brief examples of the characters our year level has created.
And to the Year 12s as you see us today, swaying slightly, eyes barely open, an accurate image of the year level but hopefully not how we will be remembered. It’s been an honour for Hugo and I to represent you all this year. We have tried and failed to get you a kettle, and have enjoyed our total of zero meetings with Rhonda, but nonetheless we hope we have done you proud. But you all made our job so easy, being such a cohesive, supportive, and loving cohort from the beginning. And we’ve had the support of the other wonderful captains. Peggy and Clancy, who you all probably thought were the school captains, have shown us all what it means to lead, Raffy the resident SRC aficionado who’s been running this school from day dot, and all the House Captains, who have led the school so enthusiastically, we thank you for providing your guidance and encouragement this year. Thank you to the teachers, who have not only educated us, but have been our friends and mentors in school and in life. And to Elwood as a whole, thank you for the nurturing environment you have welcomed us into, you have helped us grow into the people we are today, who are ready to step out into the world, however reluctant we may be to say goodbye.
So it is with the greatest confidence that we hand over the role of College Captains to two new incredible leaders. These two have already proved themselves to be capable and inspiring students, and we know they will go on to be terrific leaders of this school. So now everyone please welcome, your new captains for 2020, Neelu Sidhu and Duke Wilson.
Good morning everyone. My name is Harper Massey and along with Peggy, we are your Elwood College Valedictorians for 2019. On behalf of the Year 12 class of 2019, we are tremendously excited to be finishing our schooling journey this year and are ready to embark on the next stage of our lives, equipped with priceless knowledge, unforgettable memories and lifelong connections we have obtained through our time here.
Since we began high school in 2014, we have changed a lot in our time at Elwood College, and the school has changed a lot too. People coming, people going, the school changing but the environment amazing, our journey at Elwood has brought us, as a group, a long way in our lives.
As the year ends, I’ve been reflecting on my time my time at Elwood College, and would like to pass on some things that have helped make my experience here a positive one.
While it may sound nauseating to many of you at the moment, make the most of your time at school. It goes very quickly, and you will not have another opportunity like this in your lives. We are incredibly lucky to have been given a privilege of an education and it should be our responsibility to seize this opportunity and make the most of it. Do what you enjoy and pursue your passion. Creative, passionate people make the world a better place to be.
Get involved. The school has so many opportunities for you to pursue, opportunities that would only be a dream of so many people around the world, and may not present themselves to you again in your life. Push your boundaries and exit your comfort zone, and I can guarantee that it will only enhance your experience in life and make you a more rounded, better person.
Use your teachers. Your teachers are here to help you. If you push yourself and extend yourself in school, your teachers will be there to meet your motivation, and push themselves as well. Develop a relationship with your teachers. These people are here to help you learn, and are equipped with an arsenal of knowledge, wisdom and expertise to educate you, and help you grow as a person.
In that regard, I would like to thank the teachers of Elwood College. You have shaped my cohort into informed individuals, ready to tackle life and make the most of our time here. You truly have the most valiant job of all, and our experience in learning and the environment at the school would not be the same without you.
Finally, never stop learning. Although my class and I are at the end of our schooling life, we are only in the midst of our learning journeys. This I extend to all students and teachers alike, that nobody is ever complete. Furthering humanity to be its best requires people to always be open to learning, to collaborate and to further ourselves. We cannot be corrupted with notions of superiority or ignorance, as it will only hinder us in the time that we have left on planet Earth.
As we part ways, armed with priceless knowledge and a mindset ready to challenge ideas and push ourselves, we are sure to embark on a life filled with challenges and success. Street poet and great philosopher of our time, Drake, once said, “oh well, I guess you lose some and win some, as long as the outcome is income, you know I want it all, and then some”. While the idea of material success does influence our lives heavily, I ask that you follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. Each and every one of you has the power to change the world and will leave a massive footprint on this Earth whether you like it or not. In your journey through life, I implore you, to please try to make this world a better one.
Our lives have given us this amazing opportunity that is education, which should never be taken in vain. Seize your opportunities wholeheartedly and give everything your all. Students of Elwood College, be appreciative, keep creative and stay cool. Fly through the turbulence that is life, and always aim to be the best version of yourselves that you can possibly be. Thank you Elwood College, and congratulations to the Year 12 class of 2019.