Each year it is with much delight that I sit down to write my Graduation speech. I have included it below because in time this is what we wish for all of our Boroondara Park PS students.
Graduation Speech 2018
When you were all born your parents had many wishes for you – if we asked them now no doubt many of those original wishes would still be there hiding away in their hearts.
They would have wished you to be healthy.
They would have wished you were able to hear and see, be able to talk and walk.
They would wish that you would like food and gobble it all up – even the green veggies.
They would have wished you to be happy.
I bet that they often wished you would SLEEP!
Early on they would wish that you would smile, and when you did their lives changed.
They would have started to make little wishes about your future. Some might have started to have little wishes about what you might be when you grow up.
As you grew their wishes would have changed a little – when you started at school they would have wished you liked school, some might even have wished you loved school.
They would wish that you learnt well.
They might have wished that you were arty or sporty, perhaps musical or adept at a language.
They would wish that you would be confident.
They would wish that you would be courageous and clever.
They would wish that you made friends.
They would wish that you didn’t rush to grow up!
They would wish you to have hugs from those who love you … hugs that make you feel invincible!
The thing about parents is that their wishes for you are often quietly following you along – a little bit like our wishes for you in the seven years that you are at primary school.
Now as you prepare to head off to the next part of your education – to secondary college you would have all sorts of wishes for yourself – but I bet lots of them are the same wishes your parents and your teachers have.
I have some wishes for you too!
I wish that you are brave enough to be yourself in all circumstances, that is a hard thing to do but it is important in the end to be true to you.
I wish that you find something in the world that you love, that makes you shine when you talk about it. It is important to have something that you love doing with your time.
I wish that you would enjoy the small things.
I wish that you will do what you know is right, even if no one is watching!
I wish that you will try your best in whatever you choose to do and not give up because some of the most difficult tasks are the most rewarding.
I would wish that you would be community minded.
I wish that you find some friends that you love hanging out with and that you can rely on. Friends are important in life and when you have some good ones protect them, keep the relationships growing, they will rescue you and provide comfort, they will make you smile.
I wish you find someone to love and who will love you back for all your special qualities and maybe your faults.
I wish that you find someone to love who is deserving of you – this I know would be a wish hidden away in your parent’s hearts.
I wish you to take care of your family, let them know what you are doing in your life, what you are thinking and especially if you need help – we all wish that you will ask for help when you need it in your life.
I wish that you have a voice, that you tell people what you believe in.
I wish that you form opinions and that you learn to argue your point.
I would wish that you would be brave enough to say something when you see things that are wrong in the world.
I would wish that sometimes you take risks, put yourself out there and try new things even if they scare you.
I wish that you would have dreams that take your breath away.
I wish that you have many moments that make your eyes and your heart sparkle.
I would wish that eventually you work out that it is important to live like every day is your last and you should always celebrate the magic.
I wish you well in your future as you leave Boroondara Park and that enough of the wishes – that you, your parents and your teachers have for you - come true and that you live well.