Middle College Graduation Lunch
November 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM
With the end of their final year in the Middle College in sight, our Year 10 students came together yesterday to mark their graduation with a final Chapel service and a shared lunch. Whether they have been at Saint Kentigern for two (from Year 9) or four (from Year 7) years, this celebration was a step closer to closure on their Middle College years, and a time to look at ahead as they prepare for Field Centre and life next year in the Senior College.
The Chapel Service opened with Middle College Performer of the Year, Chloe Haerewa singing, ‘When we were young’ by Adele. Chloe later joined the Middle College Chapel Band (Addison Peebles, Sam Everitt, Alicia Lynn and Harry Lowe, Annie Ni and Jim Guo) to lead the congregation in ‘Blessed be Your Name’. Thomas King and Mia Harries gave readings, and Addison Peebles closed by singing ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus. Each of the students sang and spoke beautifully and were wonderful representatives of our Year 10 cohort.
Reverend Smith focused his sermon on change, courage and the Year 10 ‘rite of passage’ – Field Centre. He encouraged all the students to step out of their comfort zone and to take a ‘positive attitude’ on their adventure. He said it is often when we are on unfamiliar paths that we discover things about ourselves – ‘Enjoy being an adventurer and walking the new paths’.
After Chapel, the Year 10s were piped to the Sports Centre by Nick Lacey, Charlotte Cornwall, Sarina Wang and Cameron Dean to enjoy their lunch. Sitting in House groups, they were welcomed by Assistant Principal, Mrs Marianne Duston before tucking into a beautiful spread of food. Following their lunch, the students reflected on the year and watched House videos that had been put together by students.
We welcomed Old Collegian, Jamie France as guest speaker. Jamie spoke about his achievements since leaving Saint Kentigern and how he has spent the last four years working at Rocket Lab as a Mechanical Design Engineer and Production Manager, designing custom components of a rocket which successfully sent small satellites out to space from New Zealand. He assured the students that they live in a world of endless opportunity. Speaking about his own time at Field Centre, he told the students how important it is to ‘be prepared and to not give up’. ‘There is nothing you can’t do if you have the right attitude’ he said.
Middle College Principal, Mr Duncan McQueen concluded, agreeing with Jamie that there is no limit to what the students can achieve and that a positive attitude can go a long way. He advised the students to be themselves and to continue to live by the Saint Kentigern Way. ‘Be yourself and be proud. Take the values you have learnt and be the best version of yourself’ he said.
The lunch was a most enjoyable occasion! We wish the students well as they head away to Field Centre!
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