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Farewell and Thank You


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.