Head Girl and Boy
Words from Ella and Mackenzie 2018-19
Mackenzie: We’d like to begin by saying a big thank you to our guest speaker, as we are finding out now, it is not easy to stand up and speak in front of a group of people.
Ella: In my five, short years at Shoreham College, I’ve met some amazing people, made some unforgettable memories and laughed more times than I can remember. There was a perfect point, in a woodland on our Duke of Edinburgh adventures, where a proportion of my group ate cold Dominoes pizza and cake as we celebrated a birthday at 5am in our tent. Although we got lost later that day, I happily remember that moment. Mackenzie and his group, however, completed Duke of Edinburgh without getting lost, something which he often likes to remind me of...
Mackenzie: ….. It is also something I take great pride in. The Duke of Edinburgh is something that involves problem solving and teamwork, which is something that I will keep with me for later life whether that be in further education or in work, it is something I encourage everyone to take part in. It also provided me with many memorable moments, being in the best group only being one of them.
Ella: In year seven, we were introduced to our incredible form tutor Miss Kaur. For the last five years, she has provided us with laughter, support and competition, as she is also the head of Nelson and I’m a proud member of Raleigh. So to Miss Kaur, thank you so much, for everything you have done for us. You have been the best form tutor we could have asked for. You encouraged us to do our best, to enjoy ourselves and to participate in everything we could, whether it was sports day, Mr Manson’s music concerts or drama productions. Thank you, to the drama teachers for your energetic encouragement, whether it’s helping pronounce the names of vegetables or waving our arms before shouting ‘rubber chicken’, which were both warm ups to prepare us for the show ahead.
Mackenzie: We would also like to take this time to thank the teachers in all of the departments at school for supporting us over the years. A few special thanks: to the science teachers as I no longer find quantitative chemistry completely impossible, can name Newton’s 3 laws of motion and explain evolution. And, if you should forget your homework here is some advice a fellow classmate gave us: ‘there is nothing a box of chocolates can’t fix’. I should point out that on that occasion, Mrs Mardon shared the chocolates with the whole class, and probably will not work at any other time. We would also like to thank the PE department for accepting our absolute love for football, and letting us play it at every spare opportunity.
Ella: Thank you to the language department, for your commitment to teaching us a difficult subject, and making it fun! For example, in year ten, when we visited a French market and competed to create the best picnic - the only problem? No one spoke English. Although we didn’t win, we had a feast of baguettes, cheese, olives and strawberries and we figured out some French in the process! And thank you to the history department, for making me fall in love with history, a subject I plan to continue to study for as long as I can.
For those of you who are parents of teenagers, you will all know that teenagers are always hungry. Therefore I must say a massive thank you to Jason and his team for preventing me from becoming ‘hangry’! Many of you will have experienced the great match teas that we get after a fixture which was the perfect motivation for my netball team who tragically only won two games in five years. What we lacked in ability we made up for in enthusiasm. So Mrs Liley, thank you for putting eleven year old me on the netball team. The child that couldn’t throw and who could catch so awfully that during an intense inter-house rounders, broke a knuckle: go Raleigh. And on that note, thank you to the Matrons for all your help.
Mackenzie: This school has certainly provided us and everyone else in year 11 countless memories and stories to tell, and also taught us some valuable lessons. This got me thinking of Ernest Hemingway who challenged a group of writers that he could write a story In six words, he wrote. For sale; baby’s shoes, never worn. Ever since my dad first told this story to me I have been fascinated by, despite the simplicity of the story it is able to convey such complexity. To say thank you to the school and all the lessons it has taught me, Ella and all the other year elevens, I wanted to create my own ‘six word story’. It took me some time, but I came to something I think captures everything the school has taught us, this is also advice for the younger ones at school: Work hard, be kind, have fun. Thank you.
Ella: I would like to end with some final words to year 11. We’ve been a good year. We’ve had a good year, so thank you. Thank you for the memories. And have fun with whatever adventure you have next. In the words of Baz Luhrman, which seems particularly appropriate today; ‘If I could only offer you one tip for the future - sunscreen would be it’. Thank you.