Honours Day 2016 – Tanya Gandhi

DSC_1495 Sec 4 Speech

Mr Fandam, Mrs Florentina, Mr Peter Darmawan,Mr Sia, Vice Principals, Teachers, Parents, and friends, Good evening. I stand here today to represent the most rocking class Stamford will ever have as we graduate. On behalf of the class, I’d like to express our gratitude to those around us who have not only been our support systems but have also pushed us forward when we needed to be pushed. Parents, teachers and fellow friends, thank you.

Our parents definitely deserve an award for their parenting skills because the kids of today aren’t exactly easy to handle. We have SO many demands these days. Parents, you have held our hands as we first walked into school and now you still hold our hands when we need a little extra encouragement. You have hugged us and congratulated us on our achievements and have also hugged us to make sure our little failures don’t break us but build us. Well , aside from the little scoldings here and there.  The tremendous amount of support we get from our parents is often overlooked, but parents, we want you to know that we appreciate everything you have done for us and we love you.

A few of our primary teachers who are sadly no longer teaching us are still here in the school. They watched us walk into the building on the first day of school as tiny little munchkins. Comparing it to those days, we’re now probably the size of Jack Black in Gulliver’s Travels. We’ve had teachers like Mr Ebora who confused us when he said  that ½ is infact bigger than ¼ even though 2 is smaller than 4; Ms Maila Jumaoas who listened to our screechy voices as we belted lyrics for choir tryouts and created the anthem that we will all be humming for the rest of our lives; Mrs Sulaeman who allowed us to have the pleasure of story time even though we were already in the 6th grade and who also taught us to bake those killer scones and Mr Minton, who made us change our names for the sake of English. There was Bryan that changed to Prisoner 627, Darren changed to Durian, Kimberly to beats and Jason to agent J.

There was also Mr Jay who tortured us during biology class with his happy faces and sad faces and entertained us with the exercises he made us do on his laptop, Mr Irfan who was not only a teacher but also a companion we could confide in and Mr Rully who made us do floor exercises that would leave us all cramped and aching the next day. Who could forget our Amazing VP though? Mr Richard Egerton, taught us that if we called him “Sir Egerton’ he’d sound like a knight. He displayed his incredible Indonesian speaking skills when he took us both to Taman Hutan Raya and to the a local pasar. I’m pretty sure NO one else has a teacher who takes you to the actual places you have to write about. Nope, Mr Egerton is special, he does not only tell us to imagine, but he makes sure we get the feel of the place before we write. Oh and he also bribes us with donuts but we’re not complaining.  I have only mentioned a few though, aside from these teachers, we have others as well who have shaped and molded us into the people we are today. I’d like to specially mention Mr Slamet Hariono who has been our form teacher for the last two years and I think he deserves some special recognition for being able to handle such a boisterous class.

I would also like to call out Mr Sia, Mr Leong, Ms Mercado, Mr Seda, Mr Matiga, Mr Manuzon, Mr Abadines, Zhou Lao Shi, Pak Denny, Ms Capa, Ms Yessy, Ms Pen, Mr Sabangan, Ms Caparas, Pak Guntur, Ms Vibar and Mr Marjoe.  Without all of them, I can confidently say that we wouldn’t have turned out to be even half the people we are today.

Standing here with me on stage are people I have spent years with; some longer than others. A few of us met in the second grade and ever since then, our family has only ever been growing despite the occasional loss of students. Together we’ve been through a lot and stayed strong together. I’m pretty sure all of us have been enemies with another at least once but all that was worth it because now we are amongst people we love and people we wish to keep in touch with forever. We have been through so many phases together and made so many memories that our memory box can no longer be shut. There was the ‘you know she said these bad things about you’ phase, the ‘ugh she bought the same bag as me’ phase, and the ‘who do you have a crush on’ phase. Kim also had her rockstar phase where she dreamt of the days when she’d finally be able to wear black lipstick and dark eyeliner. Marcella had her Korean Drama phase where she swooned over the band Big Bang and singers like T O P  and Terence had his ‘I’m in love with Suarez’ phase which is, unfortunately, not over yet. I honestly feel lucky to be amongst people who have the ability to put a smile on my face no matter how serious the situation is.

Friends, we may think that these years have been the best years of our lives, but these are only the beginning. We have made it and although we haven’t finished high school yet, we have definitely come really far. All those hours we put into study have definitely paid off. Sadly, none of us will be staying here in Stamford for the next school year as we are all going our separate ways to make our place in the world. You may think that we’ve completed a book already, but we have only finished a chapter. Soon all of us will begin a new journey and we will all discover who we truly are and what we truly want to be. Before anything else though I hope that we all make sure we become the great individuals Stamford has taught us to be.

No matter where we go, no matter what we become : doctors, architects, actors/directors or even the president, We shall always be Stamfordians first. Here’s to a great future and even better years to come.

I’d like to end this speech with a quote by Bradley Withford : “Take action. Every story you’ve ever connected with, every leader you’ve ever admired, every puny little thing that you’ve ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.”

Thank you