As I stand here in front of you, I recall my first day of high school. Shy and fragile; and just like this Rubik‟s cube I was mixed up and puzzled, which I think most of us can relate to. 6 months through my first year, I found my feet, I focused on what I wanted to achieve in life. A famous saying of the Buddha is that: “The mind is everything, what you think …you become.” From that day forward I’ve persevered, progressed and have never given up.
If you look at the life of Nelson Mandela, we see that he spent his entire adult life fighting for what he believed and just like him I believe that we shall have successes and failures. At whatever point you find yourself, in your school or professional life, you will have successes and setbacks as well… but what I ask from you is to never stop believing in yourself. MCS has played an important role in my development and growth throughout my academic career thus far. The values they treasure and their lessons on celebrating diversity and helping one another; has played an important role in me being up here today. I’d like to thank everyone for the amazing opportunity that has been entrusted on me. This is not a responsibility that I take lightly and I will do my best to make every one of you proud.
I would like to conclude with the words of Hillary Clinton which I think reflects on our situation at this point. And I quote “I know that we are not on the highest level we can be, but I know that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for this [school] ,our best days are still ahead of us.”
Just like this Rubik‟s cube, every move we make in the right direction, is a move closer to success.
I want to tell you a little bit about my first year in Mountain Cambridge. When I first came to Mountain Cambridge in 2013 I was still unsure of myself as an individual, and to be honest I sometimes still am.
Throughout the past 4 years at Mountain Cambridge I have learnt so much and I have grown in ways that might seem unthinkable.
I still remember asking Mr Bailey to translate the mathematical terminology to me in order to be able to do the exercises. I was what you would call „‟n regte boertjie‟‟. To be honest after holidays I still find myself barely able to say a complete sentence in fluent English.
What I am trying to say with this is that we all have flaws, but your flaws are what makes you, YOU. It is completely normal to not be perfect. If we all did everything 100% correct the first time there would be no room for improvements.
I would love to say that my English has improved as much as Mr Bailey‟s Afrikaans over the past 4 years, but I am sure that the CIE results will answer that.
In my application essay that I wrote to Ms van Heerden I have written that my dream is to one day attend the Olympics as a swimmer. I did not only want to attend the Olympics to be the best swimmer, but to glorify God‟s Name through my actions.
The years has brought many challenges and I am at that stage where I am uncertain about my dreams and whether or not I still have what it takes to be the best.
The thing that I have come to realise is that maybe I won‟t attend the Olympics. Maybe I won‟t make the cut. And that is okay, but I will give my all and I will not give up. If one day I don‟t reach that goal then at least I can say that I have persisted and I have learnt through my life journey. I hope that with that, at the end of my time here, each and every person here can say that I have meant something to them or they have at least learnt something from me at some stage.
In the last few years I have based my thoughts and actions on one quote. „I don‟t need easy. I just need possible.‟ Prefects and Matrics of 2017. I am quite certain that next year won‟t be easy. The one thing that I am certain of is that we will learn a lot. I know that you guys will be there to pick me up when I fall and I promise that I will be there when you need assistance to get back to your feet. My advice to each and every learner here would be to take it one step at a time. With the upcoming exams; don‟t get overpowered by all that needs to be done. Do your planning and take it one step at a time.
On Tuesday evening Ms van Heerden read us the following quote: „if I am called to follow, may I give some thought to the general direction I wish to go. When the dicision is made, may I give wholehearted support. If I am called to lead may I be realistic about my strengths and weaknesses. May I listen to the views of those who choose me. May I recognize when my job has been done and withdraw gracefully.‟
The prefects of 2017 has decided on Ninjas as our group name. Ninjas are highly trained and it takes years and years‟ consistent practice and strategizing to be at a level of their skill set. People do not always know about all the hard work and dedication that ties in with that. The only thing that is observed is the execution of the plan. Ninjas are humble and they honour their values and stick to their laws.
Today I stand before you as Headgirl of 2017. My goal for 2017 is to be an active servant leader. I vow to always give you my utmost best and to do whatever I can to help each and every one of you to grow in both your strengths and weaknesses. May we work together in this year to come and may we help each other learn and grow.
I hope by the end of 2017 you can be proud of me and that I have met all your expectations as Headgirl.
I want to leave you with a verse that has really left an impression on me.
Matthew 5:15 says, „No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.‟
I want to challenge you to let your lights shine and together we will provide light for those who are lost in the dark.