- 5/6 Learning Community
By Charlie D
Hello, I would like to welcome all the parents, teachers, family and friends who are here tonight. My name is Charlie and I am excited to share my journey through primary school with you tonight.
Firstly, on behalf of the grade 6s, I would like to thank our parents for getting us up every morning and taking us to school. Sorry for not making it easy for you! Thank you for encouraging us.
I would also like to thank all the teachers and support teachers for teaching us everything we need to know and for helping us when we are struggling. You have helped us to learn skills we will need to be successful in life. I would also like to thank the PE teachers for giving us many sporting opportunities, such as Catholic School Carnival, athletics day, cross country, footy and basketball tournaments. Thank you to the Arts teachers, sorry about the mess we always made!
I would like to thank all the students in my year level who have been great friends over seven years of primary school and have gotten me through all of the ups and downs. My favourite memory in school would easily be year 5 camp in Anglesea. I made so many great memories on that camp. There were so many activities that were exciting. I can remember me and a group of friends all slept in a massive tent. I remember us all waking up at about 4:00 in the morning. We were all freezing and we couldn’t get back to sleep so we started talking. We were so loud that we woke up one of the teachers. Sorry about that!
One of my biggest achievements in primary school would be when I was lucky enough to get selected to be the house captain for red, where I helped out with athletics day and a few other sporting events. We’ve been very lucky with all of the leadership opportunities we’ve had at St Columba’s.
It has been a great seven years at St Columba’s school and I would like to thank everyone for going on this journey with me. I hope high school is just as good as primary school has been. I think we can look back on our primary school years and feel happy.
Thank you all again. Enjoy the rest of your night.
Welcome to our graduation ceremony of 2017.
My name is Phoebe and I am proud to be here speaking in front of you today as it is a very important day for both myself and all the other graduates.
When I first stepped into this school as a Grade 4 student, I looked at all the senior students and was amazed at how tall and responsible they were. I looked at them and I wished that I was a Grade 6 going up to high school, now look at where I am.
We have all been talking about this day for a long time, like a really long time, and I am thankful it's finally here, however I will really miss my time here. I will remember it forever.
I am thrilled to be graduating. These school years have been a long journey for me. I have been to three different primary schools. One in England and two in Australia. But St Columba’s has definitely been the best.
Even though I have only been at this school for three years, I am amazed looking back at all I have achieved and how many friendly, caring people I have met.
We’ve had smart, talented teachers that we’ve learnt so much from. For example, different strategies in division and multiplication, fractions and decimals, learning how to spell harder words, writing longer stories that are more descriptive, and lots more. I’m very proud of myself and I'm pretty sure all the other students are proud of themselves as well.
Some people may think school work is so boring, and believe me, I sometimes do as well, but these teachers have made it fun and interesting in so many ways.
I know that we have all definitely enjoyed specialists, including Sport, Art, Music, Digital Tech and Japanese. We have all had so many opportunities, for example, the school concert. Everyone did an amazing job and I loved all of the concert items. We have also had a chance to make an $800 robot and so many sporting events, as well as learning a whole different language.
Some advice for the younger students is to always give things a try and be positive, because if you’re negative about your work then it will be harder and very boring.
Primary school has been a bumpy ride at times. We’ve had different challenges along the way, but as Denzel Washington once said “Nothing in life is worth while unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.” This means a lot to me as I have taken lots of risks. Some of them haven't turned out the way I wanted them to, but a lot of them turned out great. I‘m glad I tried them all.
I must not forget the loving parents of each student. They put up with us through our hard times and make sure that we have tried our hardest. They have always been there to support us and I want to thank them for that. Thanks Mum and Dad!
I will miss all the kind and caring people here, especially my close friends and all the teachers. I will remember all the fun and crazy times over these years, however I am looking forward to going up to high school and starting a new adventure.
“A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, lucky to have”
Walking into school for the first time is like watching the start of a movie, you get a taste of what it’s like but you have only merely started your journey. My introduction may have been a bit cheesy but I promise that the rest will be decent. My name is Darby and this is my gratitude to everyone that have gotten me this far.
To not only my family but all of the student’s families, Thank you, we all appreciate that you get us ready for school and drop us off. Otherwise we wouldn’t have an education or be able to follow our dreams. To my family, thanks Mum and Dad for taking me to school then getting me back home. My mum and dad are very hard workers and are busy most of the time, but even when things are difficult they will always find a way to make it work, and in that way I look up to them. Sometimes when it’s really difficult for them, my Nana steps in. Occasionally she takes us home and cares for us while Mum and Dad are at work, so ‘thankyou’ to you because otherwise I would be spending the night at school.
Now I would like to thank the staff of St. Columba’s, they have taught me, inspired me and encouraged me. I’ll start with the art teachers, thank you for putting up with me. I have made heaps of mess that you have had to clean up and I’m sure if you put all of the clippings of paper that I have left on the floor, it would weigh over a tonne. Sorry, but thank you for everything you have taught me. Now to the sport teachers, thank you for giving me lots of sport opportunities and fun experiences. On behalf of the sport captains we thank you for teaching us and allowing us to become leaders. To the writing teachers, thank you for teaching us how to write interesting, inspiring and educational writing pieces. Learning this skill will help all of us in our future lives. The math teachers, although your tests are sometimes boring, all of us know that inside it is helpful to being successful in life. Finally, thank you to one specific teacher that nagged and nagged and nagged until finally I started to use different and more efficient division and multiplication strategies and generally improved my thinking in numeracy and literacy.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the students. My friends have been there since the beginning, they have always got my back. Even when things are looking down for me they can always find a way to cheer me up and get me going again. One of the most important things I have learned is the value of friends. True friends let me be me and they respect who I am.
Last year I was two weeks late to the first term of school because I had an operation on my shoulder, I could not play any sport or even swim. Later in the year I put all of my effort into a speech for the green house captain roll and I was lucky enough to win, it meant so much to me that a group of people could look up to me and call me a leader. This year in the athletics carnival every member of Green House put 100% of our effort into doing our best and because we tried so hard we came first and beat the reigning champions, Blue House by 2 points. It was the first time Green House had won in 10 years!
Next year at St. Pat’s will be different but I have learned that if I try hard enough I can do or be anything that I wish - I can be a butterfly if I want!