A Last Word from Year 13
December 21, 2017 at 2:20 PM
Each year, our graduating Year 13 students are given the chance to write a personal ‘profile’ for inclusion in the College Year Book. Constrained by a word limit, many of the leavers think carefully about their ‘last words,’ taking the opportunity to reflect on their time at the College and give thanks to those who have helped shape their journey.
This year’s cohort expressed many sentiments in their profiles but the over-riding message has been one of gratitude; whether those thanks are directed to their parents, their teachers or their friends, the one aspect they are truly thankful for is the ‘opportunity’ - the opportunity to attend our College, and ‘the world of opportunity’ that Saint Kentigern made available to them.
‘As I reflect on the two years I spent at Saint Kentigern, to say I am grateful is an understatement for what the College has given me. You have taught me what it means to serve, and through serving what it means to be a leader. You have also taught me to keep the faith always, especially in the face of disappointment and adversity. I truly believe that I came with nothing, but am leaving with more than I ever wished for.
Edward Baker, Year 13
‘I would not have accomplished my long list of goals, or become the person I am today without the support of my fantastic teachers, directors, coaches, friends and family. Thank you for inspiring, mentoring and believing in me. Thank you for challenging me and sparking my love of learning.
Amelia Ayres, Year 13
‘Although I have only spent two years at the College, these two years have really shaped me. The opportunities available at a school like Saint Kentigern College still astound me.I have also learnt that the staff here will do anything to help get you to where you need to be.’
Oliver Brookes Ham, Year 13
‘Every single teacher who has taught me up until this year has my utmost respect and appreciation for making my school days so special. As teachers who love teaching, you have taught me to love learning. I may not remember all that you have taught me, but I will remember how important you have made me feel as your student. Words truly cannot express how thankful I am for your guidance.
Sayaka Chen, Year 13
‘Saint Kentigern is a place where teachers encouraged us to break the status quo and define ourselves as we choose. Where a sports star can cook up a mean crème brulee and a ‘brainiac’ can break down on the dance floor. It's a place where one person, if it's the right person, changes us all.’
Zoe French, Year 13
‘Education has turned mirrors into windows and opened countless doors of opportunities. Not only have I learnt how to achieve to the best of my ability academically, but also in all other aspects of my life’
Renee Gray, Year 13
‘Being part of this diverse, yet united community has exposed me to so many different people. Not only has this allowed me to see many people with passions and dreams, but it has also helped me discover my own. The environment, the people, and the spirit have all shaped me into who I am today.’
Lloyd Hsieh, Year 13
‘Saint Kentigern College has provided me with the necessary tools to take that next step into the real world, and for that, I am incredibly grateful.’
Thomas Mills, Year 13
‘Finally, thank you Saint Kentigern, you have taught me to ‘fail forward’ - to embrace failure and to learn from it. Without these experiences, I would not be the person today - fulfilled yet ready to challenge the unknown.’
Lisa Miyaura, Year 13
‘As my five years at Saint Kentigern College come to an end, I am beginning to fully grasp how incredibly lucky I am to have been sent to this school. I want to say thank you to my parents for offering this opportunity to me. I believe that the College has set me up for life outside of secondary education and I am ready to take any challenges that life throws at me.’
Ella Moss, Year 13
‘The College taught me to break boundaries and to pursue the impossible, to serve others, strive for excellence and acknowledge my religious values and beliefs. All these attributes I will continue to foster in my future endeavours. The College has been a fundamental part of my life and will forever hold a special place in my heart.’
Summer-Jean Motufoua, Year 13
‘It’s hard to put into words how much this school has done for me. It’s given me unexpected opportunities, possibilities, and countless memories that I will always treasure. I can look back on my time at Saint Kentigern knowing that I’ve loved every moment of it, and that I’ve made the most of the ‘world of opportunity’ that it provides.’
Luke Paanakker, Year 13
‘I am so privileged to have attended a school so encouraging of my success, even when my own determination faltered. Having teachers that allowed me the freedom to be creative with my studies has strengthened my passion for learning, and I know the skills I have procured will influence the way I will live my life.’
Nicola Perry, Year 13
‘Saint Kentigern has truly been exceptional and I truly am appreciative of the opportunities I have had over last few years and to all of those who made it happen. I will forever be thankful to my parents for allowing and supporting me to come here.
Dane Schnell, Year 13
‘Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the opportunities my parents have created for me just by sending me to Saint Kentigern. The College has provided me with the core values I have now integrated into my everyday life. I truly believe that I now am, and always will be, a son of Kentigern.’
Krish Sethi, Year 13
‘To all the teachers who inspired me, you were awesome. It is a relief to realise that if I could do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing.’
David Thibaud, Year 13
‘SKC pushed me to achieve things I never deemed possible. To say the academic and sporting guidance I received here was outstanding would be an understatement. I may be no genius, but my personal limits were unquestionably tested.’
Anna Wilkinson, Year 13
‘A wise man once said that playing the bagpipes was a great idea. I still believe it, my neighbours do not. I will forever be grateful for my time at Saint Kentigern, and to my teachers for constantly pushing me to take up new opportunities I would otherwise have never have come to appreciate.’
James Milner, Year 13
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