Valedictorians

Our English teacher, Mr Jeff Keith, each year writes a tribute to the year 12 students at their Valedictory Dinner. In this tribute each student’s name is mentioned and often some of the appropriate staff members involved.

The class of 2006.

There is little of your time as students at Hawkesdale College left – but this last ritual remains, and it has fallen to me to deliver the final words of wisdom on behalf of this fine educational institution: the final words that we hope will continue to guide and assist you as you set sail on your journeys into the future.

We cannot, however, simply suggest at this stage that all you have to do is turn another PAGE in DEMANUELE and follow the instructions contained therein. There will be times when you feel almost past carin’, when all your options seem as appealing as a ventriloquian rooster or a loaded dog, and while you may believe that just finding the right KEE GAN offer you entry into the places you want to go you may have to HUNT high and low for that key.

You might begin by reflecting on what you have learned in your time at Hawkesdale College. After all, as Bram told us in Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, we can try to make sense of our lives in the future by examining the past. In Maths, for example, you have learned the difference between NORTON one, which should be always useful. In Food, you will have learned there is no point cRYAN over spilt milk; that you should realistically recognise situations and deal with them to the best of your ability. In Geography or through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, you will have learned the difference between NORTH and all the other directions, so that if you’re ever lost in the bush with a compass at least you won’t be up that famous creek without a paddle.

So don’t be melanCOLLIE. As you go FORTH, KEANE to do your best, you will remember what MATTERS most – the people who helped you persist in making the effort, even in the face of seemingly impossible odds. Hopefully some of those people have been in the school, and certainly they have been in your families – father, mother, sister, brother or perhaps a nephew or NICE – and you have supported each other – as well as distracting each other. You should be confident that if you ever feel cast adrift in wild seas, there will be someone there to offer you a safe HABEL. A word of warning however. Remember the need to stand by your values and retain your individuality. You may meet some whose motives are less than pure, and whose influence may threaten your integrity. Don’t let them encROACHE on the personal high moral ground I’m sure you will all make camp on.

It is possible to learn from the experiences of others, and be inspired by them. If we look at the text I mentioned earlier, which offers a different kind of blueprint, you can even learn from those fictional characters. Unlike Michael, Tony always obeyed the LAWRENCE so he never got into trouble.
We might consider the AFL draft coming up soon. Some of the young men picked will be instant stars like those from the super year of Chris Judd and Luke Hodge. Others will be overlooked but find a different path to achieve what they can. It’s tempting to think that if you can’t follow the obvious path like HODGETT means your options are limited, but there is always another way, and another day. If anyone has studied the Stuart monarchs they will remember, no doubt, the story of Nell Gwynne, the orange seller who became a close friend of Charles II and had a significant amount of influence. If that BRIT,NELL can make a mark, then so can you. I’m not sure being good friends with a KING will guarantee you power these days and in this location – but school captain is a pretty prestigious position and must be worth something. A word of caution here however. At times it might be tempting to look at the person next to you when there is a challenge, especially if he seems confident and outspoken, and think he will lead you to where you want to be. Li-KELLY will. WALKER run or crawl, you have to make your own way, your own journey.

We wish you all the very best for that journey. You are fine young people with a lot to offer the world. There will be obstacles, and at times it will seem difficult, but you can do it. Believe in yourselves and you can make it. You might not end up exactly where you hope to or plan to right now, but in a way that is of little consequence. How you travel is more important than the destination.
We all believe in you. There’s nothing to be scared of, and a lot to be excited about.

In closing, on behalf of the school, we hope that however the road WINES in front of you, your experiences here will help you keep POYNTON towards something positive. That’s the MAINE thing.

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