Valedictorian (Farewell) Speech

Welcome fellow year 6 students, parents and teachers to our year 6 graduation for 2013.

Let me just say, what a journey primary school has been; from the fantasy of Fairy Park excursion to the emotion filled preparation for the met challenges, there has never been a dull moment. It’s hard to believe that we walked our first steps at Moonee Ponds Central way back in prep around 7 years ago and now our farewells will be at Moonee Ponds Primary just in a few days.

I know that I will never forget many memories that where born here and every learning skill will be treasured. Many of us will be overloaded with new facts and understandings in the future but what Moonee Ponds has taught us will never leave our sight, it has prepared us for life, our very first building block.

I’ve never met such a talented group of kids, each with their own talent too. Each and everyone one of us is special, we all know Lauren has her amazing acrobatic skills, Bobby and his funky robot dance, Isabel and her fabulous drawing Tommy and his worm dance, the list just goes on forever.

We are all very intelligent as well as talented; two students from our former group who have left us now both received scholarships into very prestigious schools and they both started right here in prep. Julian has been shortlisted in the Victorian Writers Festival Competition earlier this year, and many students including myself have been showcased for the global weekly challenges for the 100WC that’s part of our weekly homework.

I have so many memories; right back from the start of primary school in prep. I think Friday couldn’t be Friday in years Prep – 2 without Friday fun – I’m pretty sure all the donated costumes are still there!  Ranger Dave’s many visits and holding an Olympic medal in Claire’s class, our first cabaret at the Clock tower centre in year 3 – what an experience, a big thank you again to Tatiana for assisting with the choreography for my Cup of Life performance! Fraction Chef in year 4, and the tears to the laughs for our first met challenge preparations last year.

We have never had a month without an event to remember; 4 different principals, 2 name changes and world disaster events that have impacted on all of our lives just to note a few. Over the years we have had numerous specialist teachers, each with their own special skills. What students have experienced at Moonee Ponds has made us all unique and different; I think it definitely comes out in the year 6’s since we have experienced the most.

It will be very hard leaving an adventure that had seemed to last forever, all the faces that are familiar to us will be missed and for many of us they won’t be the usual faces we’ll see every day at school next year.  But as Charles Dickens said, “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again”. It’s just like we are going back into prep except it will be entirely different, we’ll have a chance to meet new people and start fresh, how could that not sound exciting?

But our journey is definitely not over, it will go on strong until we graduate in another 6 years where we will be ready for any problem that tackles us.

So as we bid farewell tonight to Moonee Ponds Primary School, we won’t just be leaving; we’ll be leaving with hundreds of memories, lifelong friendships and with our heads held high, because we are simply Moonee Ponds Primary School’s class of 2013 and I know no one will ever forget that.

 🙂 Thankyou 🙂

Graduation Reflection

Last night on the 16th of December it was our school’s year 6 graduation. Many of us where nervous and excited since the night was all about reflecting on all of our primary school journeys and involved speeches, videos and name call outs where we had to receive our graduation scrolls. I was especially nervous since I had been chosen to read out my Valedictorian Speech in front of a large audience. All the girls were expected to wear formal dresses and shoes while the boys had to try and wear suits with black dress shoes. My dress was red and it had red lace on it and I had gold wedges for shoes.

The night started with us all being dropped off at the Moonee Valley Legends restaurant for dinner of either spaghetti bolognese, fish and chips, chicken parmigiana or lasagna, I decided to have spaghetti bolognese. I sat next to  Serena and Josh but I was also very close to many of my other friends including Amelia, Julian and Eleanor. For dessert we where given vanilla icecream and fruit.

After dinner we all walked back down to our school ready to start the ceremony in the Gym. Everyone had to line up at the back door of the Gym in an alphabetical order that we had practised the previous days. Finally after a very long wait we proudly walked into the Gym greeted by our proud parents and teachers inside as we walked to take our seats.  My teacher Lee first gave an introduction before handing it over to the masters of ceremony for that night, Amelia, Jack and Julian (they are also this year’s school captain’s). Each person gave a speech and mentioned some highlights of being in the SRC and also some thank you’s. After their speeches Matt gave a speech and the long process of handing out each graduate a graduation scroll. When my turn came I was a little bit nervous but  I still felt okay, we also received presents from the teachers.

Finally my turn came – the Valedictorian Speech! I was very nervous and I kept trying to make myself more calm. I stepped up onto the stage and placed my papers on the wooden podium, I took a breath and spoke. I tried to look at the back of the room and take my time. It must of worked because I got a big applaud and lots of people congratulated me at the end of the night. After my speech it was time for the specialist awards. PE award was awarded to Tommy, Visual arts award was awarded to Sozoe, Italian award was awarded to Lilly, Performing Arts award was awarded to Stephanie and finally the Buddies award was awarded to Luke. After the specialist awards the more prestigious awards called the achievement awards where handed out. The Excellence award was awarded to Eleanor, the achievement award was awarded to Julian and finally the DUX award was awarded to Amelia.

It suddenly came the time to do the surprise item – our final farewell. That’s all I’m going to say…

After that Liz made a speech and the night concluded in the foyer with chocolate cake, tea and opening our presents!

By Gracie 🙂