My name is Judah Mooney, and I’ve been at this school since prep.
I’d just like to start by thanking everyone here right now (and those who unfortunately couldn’t attend), because all of you, nay, all of us, have worked so hard to get here. We’ve all worked to get through the hardships, the issues, the struggles, the…. Technical difficulties. But for all the year sixes in here, you’ve worked through all of that, and all the bad, the good, the sad, the joyful, they’ve all past. So let us rejoice. Year fives; good luck, you’ve got another year ahead of you. But also with the rejoicing, we shouldn’t just commemorate that we have a whole new school life ahead of us, but that the school life we’re shedding in a few weeks will be leaving, and we should look back to it and reflect. And that is the reason we’re all here today. To remember the half of our life that we’ve spent here.
Here’s a synopsis of my life here: I came here in 2010, a strange, boisterous kid of whom no one could distinguish from a girl. Leigh taught me basic mannerisms and academia, the groundwork of my abilities. In year one, it started with our kind teacher, Lara. She sharpened our wits, but it was halfway through the year that a replacement teacher Andy came in. He was, to me, an incredible man. He made learning feel wondrous, something very few can do. The year after with Senada, kept me growing in maths until I was at the class’s peak. The next year with jude expanded my horizons, teaching me foreign concepts. Anthony was another incredible teacher to have, and he built on andy’s teachings. The next year was with Jude again and she taught us what to expect from high school and prepared us.
and that brings you up to date. I’ve made many memories, journeys, and memories of journeys. And there’s a nostalgia and uniformity so profound for this school that I’d wager that I won’t realise I’m at a different school school when visiting Princes Hill as it’s student for the first time.
It’s not just the teachings that the teachers have accomplished and given us. They’ve runned and are still running all sorts of programs, incursions, and excursions. And these typically are where experiences are richest and densest, because it’s here that we achieve the greatest feats, and the silliest mistakes.
But let me zoom out of me and my companions perspectives, and look at sheerly how many this school has brought joy and knowledge to. Thousands of children have had their lives changed for the better when they came here. Education opens doors for everyone who comes a-knocking. And that reminds me to look around this room, and all I see are diligent, audacious, witty and talented people. I can warrant that for almost everyone here, because I’ve worked with almost all of you, and all of you exceed anyone’s expectations. If you lack one skill, you make up for it with another. Time can’t go to waste if you spend it doing something even slightly productive.
And so with that I must remind everyone here that we can’t pause to reflect on something forever, because we can’t keep the future waiting. To quote Bob Dylan, “the only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keeping on, like a bird that flew.”
I’d like to thank everyone here again, and especially my teachers, my closest friends Griffin, Atticus and oliver for making the unbearable times bearable. And I’d like to thank my friend Jordan even more for being an awesome friend, and also for inspiration for this speech. And with that I’d like to conclude my valedictorian speech.