We begin this assembly by acknowledging our loss. Most of us knew Ms Martin, some of us better than others. She was our Principal and our guide, capable and kind and fair. We will miss her but we will not forget her and we will always remember the way she did things, the priorities she had and the values she prized. She would never shirk a challenge, she would never give up and she always looked for the good in the other person.
Ms Martin is not with us anymore but her guiding spirit is. It is here in our memories, in the way our school is run and in our attitudes and ambitions. We can continue her vision by committing ourselves to excellence, to caring and to making the very most of every day.
Bernice never turned away from a challenge…her life invites us to do the same. Let’s start this term with that same ‘can do, will do’ attitude. Let’s look for the good in others and in every moment of the day. Let’s rise to the challenge, let loose our ambition and break free from fear. Let’s start today, the first day of the rest of our lives.
Now for a few notices
- I will be calling into the senior classes today to talk to you briefly about remembering Ms Martin and celebrating her life. I will be looking for ideas and feedback.
- We will be putting aside a few classes on Wednesday afternoon to share our thoughts and memories of Ms Martin. We are also looking for any photos that people would be willing to share.
- There have been quite a few changes around the exams since we were last together. We will be meeting the classes concerned during the week to brief them on what is going to happen over the coming months. In the meantime continue working as usual with your teachers.
- Attendance, participation and completing your homework/assignments are now more important than ever for all classes but especially the exam years. You can’t perform well in a subject if you are not there to learn from your teacher…so do the clever thing and be at all your classes, listen and do your homework. That’s all it will take…a little bit of work a lot of the time!
We take a moment to read the poem that Ms Keenan has selected for us today.
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.