While trying to clear some space and sorting out my files on the laptop I decided to upload a few of my speeches. Perhaps there is still some value in these words.
This speech was written to honour our former principal as she left our good company in pursuit of her field of dreams.
Dear Miss Marthelle,
Your time at the Dolphin Schools must feel like a jumble of mixed emotions and confusing paradoxes.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was a time of joyous jubilation and dreading despair. But you faced it all and you still stand tall.
Every day, you accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative and never miss a beat in between.
While your time with us is nearly done and you prepare to take on the whole wide world, you can say with pride that you survived the Dolphin Schools.
Wherever you go, yearly on the vigil you will rouse your neighbours and say “Tomorrow is the day I survived the Dolphin Schools,” then will you strip your sleeves and show your scars and say with pride “These wounds, I got fighting for the Dolphin Schools.
Throughout your time with us you made us smile, you made us laugh and you made us cry – many times.
But you toughed it out beside us through thick and thin and taught us to be brave in times of change and challenge and excel on the battlefields of academics, sport and culture. To never be cruel nor cowardly and to never give up, never give in.
Miss Marthelle, thank you so much for your life, love and leadership. May the sun always be at your back and the road rise to greet you and the future warned at you your approach – ‘cause there’s a storm a comin’.
Always remember that no matter where you go or how far you run, you can never escape our love and you will always have a home in our hearts.