The Class of 2017 — Coming into their “Prime”
Kat Uy, Head Girl, Address at the Opening Assembly
Good morning Dr. Dawson, members of the platform party, teachers, guests, students, and of course, the graduating class of 17 Prime. As I look at all of you here present today, I begin to notice reactions to the start of the 2016-2017 school year - a mixture of nervousness and excitement. The stress of being back in an academic environment combined with the anticipation for what’s to come. Nonetheless, each of our summers were filled with unique stories, experiences, and memories that may differentiate us, yet today, Crofton House has brought us altogether once again. So whether it’s your first or last year here within these Ivy walls, I want to welcome all of you to what has, or will soon become your second home. Trust me when I say that there will definitely be days when you spend more time at school than you do in your actual home.
When thinking about the name Prime, it has numerous definitions. Asking other Crofties what they thought, prime rib seemed to be the most popular response. Closely following that was primetime television. Clearly, Crofties know their priorities. Now although the graduating class is honoured as 17 Prime, this year, we urge everyone to become their own version of “prime.” The dictionary tells me it means “of the best possible quality” and “a time of great strength, vigor, and success in a person’s life.” Standing up here now, I could not imagine our grade having any other name. All of us will face challenges this upcoming year - whether it be exams, social events, the dreaded university applications, or for some, it may even be the first week of school. But together with great strength and vigor, there will come success in many variations whether it be praise, a simple thank you, a smile, or a medal.
Crofton House has countless opportunities for you to discover new talents and interests - you only have to say yes and commit yourself to pursuing the chances offered. Through these experiences, the values of Crofton will soon feel natural to you as you find yourself being courageous, creative, and a good citizen in your everyday life. Courageous in the choices you make, creative in your assignments and projects, and a good citizen through your actions. For the seniors, it’s really a simple thought - In our last year here together, how do we make it prime? How do WE want to be remembered? This year is about finding the person you want to be because when we are strong individually, together, we are undivided. Prime will soon become a reflection of the whole school. Meredith Grey from Grey’s Anatomy once said, “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or, you can live your life crossing them.” The challenge this year is for students to cross their own lines. Whether it be volunteering in our wider community, joining a new club or team, or reaching out to talk to new staff and students; crossing lines is the way you discover characteristics you didn’t know you harboured before. I can’t tell you what your lines are, but I hope you find them this year, and not only cross them, but exceed them and surprise yourself; all of course, while wearing the ever so fashionable, gordan tartan no shorter than 4.25 inches above the knees.
Friday October, 28, 2016 at 04:10PM