As well as celebrating the girls’ achievements at the Senior Academic Bar Assembly, we also enjoyed an inspirational speech from Mr Belcher, a copy of which is below:
“Welcome to today’s assembly.
Out there, in front of me, just beside you and probably in your seat I see shinning stars radiating the light of success. It’s the shinning stars amongst you that we’re going to acknowledge today.
Like light houses high up on a rocky headland they’re sending out a beam of light across a wild unknown ocean, and through a dark suffocating blackness.
That’s the ocean of the future and the blackness of ignorance and its being banished by the spark of an idea, the power of newly gained knowledge, the energy of a simultaneous equation successfully resolved and the blazing joy of a piece of theatre well performed.
But wait. Let me take a closer look. Yes I see.
I see some of you who whose light was once little more than a match flame now give off a light with as much colour and intensity as a Nov 5th /Guy Fawkes fireworks display.
I see that some of you are overly humble. You hold just a small pocket torch. It barely illuminates the space for your next footstep. Let that little light of yours shine. Let it shine, let it shine. Let it shine
Wait, its late in Term Two… I see some others who must be running out of fuel. Their light is fading a little. Rage , rage against the dying of the light.
I see that some of you haven’t found the switch on your light yet. Perhaps you doubt that there is a switch. Perhaps the switch is in a place that you haven’t visited yet. You need to get out more because I tell you it’s there and you need to round up a posse, hit the trail and get to that switch. Give it the flick.
I see some of you have been working hard to make your light shine brightly, but the captain hasn’t looked up from studying the charts to notice you yet. Keep calm and carry on …. since eventually that light will be so bright no one will be able to ignore it.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you
Te tiro atu to … ana tera whiti te ra kite ataata ka hinga ki muri kia koe
And that’s all I have to say about that.
I’d now like Mrs Simpson, Mrs Wyeth and Ms Drummond, Dean of Yr 11, to join me as we present Academic Bars to students in Year 11, Mrs Vesty , Dean of Year 12, Mrs Scott, Dean of Year 13