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Farewell and Thank You

21/06/2017

Sadly, this is the final newsletter I will write as Acting Principal of Mount Gravatt East. I have found the last fifteen months to be rewarding, challenging and satisfying. I have been privileged to work with so many extraordinary staff and unique and beautiful children. Mount Gravatt East State School is a very special place and the future is looking very bright for this community. There are too many people to try and thank individually, but I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of you that have supported me during my time here. I have tried to express my thoughts below:

 
 
 
An Ode to the East
  
It was back in April 2016
 
They asked me to come to the East
 
It was just going to be for a term or two
 
After that, I would be released.
 
 
 
As is often the case, two terms became more
 
I was starting to feel at ease.
 
This great little school, unique as it is
 
Took over me like a disease.
 
 
 
I’ve been heard to speak about the East staff,
 
And say they are ‘second to none’.
 
This isn’t lip service, they are just the best
 
Their work here is never quite done.
 
 
 
The teachers and aides are a magical group
 
To help teach and learn is their game
 
It’s not very personal to thank you this way, but
 
There’s too many of you to name.
 
 
 
The four office staff are simply the best
 
Day in and day out, they amaze.
 
To Marie and Leith and Keryn and Sue
 
I offer you all of my praise.
 
 
 
Schools Officer, Kevin, the hard work you do
 
Is done without fear or favour
 
A talented man, we’ve all heard him sing
 
And his dancing is something to savour.
 
 
 
The cleaners are next, this hard working group,
 
They’re tough and not one is a quitter.
 
There’s Linda and Robyn and Jody and Kim
 
Please remember their first love is glitter.
 
 
 
The P&C are a talented bunch
 
They are putting our school on the map
 
Tammy and Jayne, Mel, Tracey and Bill
 
Are never caught having a nap.
 
 
 
To the Leadership team I can never repay
 
The unending support you have given
 
The hours above and beyond that you do
 
You are friendly, professional and driven.
 
 
 
To Mrs Chris Barker, there are not enough words
 
To describe your unending support
 
For this I will always be in your debt
 
And these words will only fall short.
 
 
 
And lastly the students of Mount Gravatt East
 
You have given me so much to treasure.
 
Your smiling faces and friendly ‘Hellos’
 
Have provided me no end of pleasure.
 
 
 
To last year’s graduates I did share a quote
 
And I’d like to share it with you.
 
Dr Suess was the author, a wise man was he
 
And the message it does ring true.
 
 
 
You have brains in your head
 
You have feet in your shoes
 
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
 
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
 
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
 
 
 
So to all of the students of Mount Gravatt East
 
I thank you for playing your part
 
In making our school the great place it is
 
You all have a place in my heart.
 
 
 
Those two terms are over and quite a few more
 
It’s almost the time for goodbyes
 
So stay strong and honest, believe in yourselves
 
 
And remember to reach for the skies.