Rochelle's farewell speech to Amelia
Well what can I say.... This is a really emotional moment saying goodbye from our long association as teacher and pupil. I have shared your school years from the little 5 year old tearing around in a tiny powerchair that Ken and I first met, to the lovely, capable and confident young woman you have grown into today.It has been a privilege to teach you over the past 12 years.
Amelia, you have never had the opportunity like most children, to attend a regular school. Well you did have the opportunity but after two weeks it was clear that it didn't work for you. You desperately wanted to be there with the other kids but it was too much of a risk. You became seriously ill and was hospitalised in Starship yet again. You just couldn't be around bugs and crowds.
Amelia, you have never let anything hold you back or get in your way, even though you have had many trials and health challenges along the way. You have done exceptionally well academically. In Year 10, you achieved over 40 credits towards your NCEA L1. In Year 11 you passed NCEA L1 and had achieved many credits towards level 2. Two years ago you also passed 20 Level 4 UCOL credits in Graphic Design.
You went to Spoilt Beauty Salon and asked if you could have a job as a receptionist in the holidays, for work experience. The owner took you on and loved having you as part of their team.
This year you completed NCEA L2, topped you class in the UCOL U-Skills Office Administration course and received an award for this. You received a Merit Award for academic excellence from Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu. You applied for a part-time job and are now employed permanently two days per week and on call completing additional hours as needed. I hear that you have already mastered the job description as Office Administrator/ Receptionist for the company and have progressed to manage insurance claims. Amelia, you have great work ethic and determination to achieve.
It has been a pleasure to teach you. You have never let anything hold you back or get in your way. Amelia, you are an inspiration to us all. I wish you all the best for the future.