By now, you all understand how much I love my Nan, how much I love to talk about her and how much her life reflects my own. She recently went through a change in her life, and though it was a small change, it can relate to all of us.
My family comes from England and when they moved here to this beautiful country, they found Edithvale beach and a small café. For 40 years, my Nan and my Grandfather visited this café every morning, had coffee, did the Sudoku and chatted about last night’s episode of Downtown Abbey. A month ago, that café shut down.
In a month, I will no longer have to wake up at seven in the morning, drag on my uniform that never suits the weather, brush my teeth and walk into these school gates to brave the day ahead. My last exam is in a month, our last day is today. I say it, but it does not seem real yet. How am I going to survive without Compass telling what is on for the day!
Like my Nan however, I must move on from the place I truly love, the place I’ve called home for the last 6 years and find somewhere new. But I can’t leave without saying goodbye. So, this is my love letter to Mentone Girls’ Secondary College.
To my dearest MGSC, it’s no secret that you and I were made for each other. All that I am and all that I’ll ever be is because of you.
The first time we met, the first time I stepped through the gate I knew you were something special. Your dingy asbestos-filled portable classrooms, the crowded hallways and the out of order toilets, oh how my heart swooned. I was out of area when I applied MGSC, but you gave this Aspendale girl a chance. You gave me my first friend dressed in grey owl jumper and accepted me for who I was, a headband lover in purple Converse sneakers. You make me feel safe MGSC, so warm and fuzzy inside.
Oh MGSC I’ll never forget all the memories we have shared together. Remember that time in the Year 11 methods exam when I interrupted the whole test with my gigantic sneeze. Ahh when haven’t I interrupted a class with my elephant sneeze? What about the time at city camp where 9D got lost going to the MCG? Good job we had our English teacher to lead the way. Good times. Ah, MGSC. I will always remember the rap about GHB we made in Health class, and the Malaria rap we made in Science, and the angle rap we made in Maths. Damn, you’d think this love letter was to Eminem, not a secondary school.
MGSC, you’ve given me so much, and all I did was take. This was a one-sided relationship that I knew wouldn’t last forever.
You gave me support. The teachers I had here were as inspiring as they come. Though my title as the teacher’s pet never wore off, MGSC you made sure my peers didn’t laugh at me, but with me. The effort and time you put into to me and all the students here, I cannot be thankful enough to the entire staff. You are our role models, our rocks when the world comes tumbling down. Thank you for always being there.
You gave me opportunity. Without you I wouldn’t have tried wearing Lycra leotards and dancing to the Ghostbusters theme song. I could not have dreamed of coaching softball and soccer teams, co-choreographing an entire musical, going to band camp, getting lost in the mountains of Japan, geeking out at nerd camp or even speaking in front of people. MGSC you helped me find my voice. MGSC you have helped define who I am as a person.
But the best thing you gave me MGSC was friendships. I cannot express in words how much I love the people here. You have all helped me achieve so much, in so many ways that I cannot begin to describe to you, in so many ways you haven’t even realised. Being my friend, my classmate, laughing with or at me and even those smiles as we passed each other in the hallway have gotten me through each day. All of you sitting here thanks for listening to me ramble on; it has been an absolute honour to be one of your captains.
I am so proud to be a Mentone Secondary girl. I am so proud to know each and every single one of you up on the stairs; you are all so talented and so gorgeous. Whether it’s creating a beautiful art piece, excelling in Methods, playing an instrument like a beast, parking your car in the 2 hour zone and not getting a ticket, each day you guys have wowed me. I don’t know how I will get though each day without you all; I don’t know what I’m going to do without you MGSC. But what I do know is that the passion you all have within you will take you far in life and though it saddens me to say that I won’t see some of you again after tomorrow, I have no doubt in the world that you all will only do great things. I am so proud of how far you have all come and am so excited to see where life takes you next.
I hope whoever you find to replace me loves you as much as I do MGSC. I hope they appreciate the opportunities you give, the memories you’ll make together, the support you offer and the lifelong friends that come out of it. An education is only a piece of this school, and it’s only now that I’m putting the puzzle together and seeing its complete picture.
MGSC I don’t know how I am going to live without you, but it’s my time to move on. This isn’t a goodbye; this isn’t the end and although we will be worlds apart, know that you, all of you, have a special place in my heart.
Because I couldn’t have imagined how good my life would be, from the moment I started at MGSC.
Vice College Captain