Day: September 6, 2017

Elementary School Graduation Speech

Elementary School Graduation Speech

Good Evening Honored Guests, Ladies, Gentlemen and of course the Graduating Class of [insert year]. It seems hard to believe. The year started off at a sprint and it seems to have left many of us still trying to catch our breath. As we looked forward to all the challenges that lay ahead of us, it did appear a little daunting at times – a huge mountain that lay ahead of us to climb. But my, what a wonderful year it has been. A year of challenges met, mountains climbed and summits conquered!

To our young Ladies and Gentlemen seated in front of us tonight listening to our elementary school graduation speech – we are immeasurably proud of each and everyone of you. There were those of you who seemed to have wings and you just soared over the obstacles and challenges that crossed your path. It is a wonderful gift and one that never fails to amaze me. And although, not everyone may have had wings that saw them soaring over obstacles confronted – each and every one of you had feet – feet that you used to climb, bit by bit every day, one day at a time and yes… you all got there. You all achieved your goals!

Step-by-step and day-by-day – your course was steadfast and you never lost sight of your goals. I can only applaud that kind of determination, that purposeful resolve to get where you need to be – even when it may not always have been very easy. Well done – you seized wonderful opportunities, academic, cultural and sporting and made them your own. We are indeed proud! But, allow me set another scene? No elementary school graduation speech is complete without a story? The end of recess bell has just rung. The Grade [insert highest year of students]’s are outside a class, waiting for a lesson.

Along comes a little Grade [insert lowest year of students] chap…. shirt un-tucked and socks down after a good game of something that involves running. He sees a Senior Teacher standing next to the class, waiting to lead the class in. Quite undeterred, this young man walks up to the teacher. The conversation that follows goes something like this: Boy: “Who are those boys? ” Teacher: “They are Senior Boys. ” The boy looking disappointed, but still hopeful: “Oh… I’m looking for a tall Senior Boy ( little arms extended to the left and the right accompany this statement to show just how tall the boy is).

Do you know him? He said he would play soccer with me after school! ” Teacher: “Well, do you know his name? ” Boy: “No… but will you find him for me please? Tell him I’ll wait for him after school to play soccer. ” With that, the little chap turns happily on his heel, confident that the teacher will in fact find the “tall Senior boy” and he trots off to his next lesson. The Senior kids smile and chuckle good-naturedly at the little guy’s enthusiasm and conviction. Ok, so the teacher never did find the elusive “tall one” – but something more important was “found”.

It is gratifying to find that at [insert name of School] a Senior Boy will still offer to play soccer with a younger boy because he remembers looking up to the bigger boys when he was just a little guy. And what a find it is when a Junior Boy wants to play soccer with the Senior Boys – no fear… just a little awe and admiration perhaps? It is also heart-warming to see the complete trust and belief, as our young friend approached a teacher for help in this rather urgent matter, and more importantly, to see the faith that the little guy had in the simplicity of his request, and the faith that the teacher would do their best to help him.

It is moments like these, not only the more tangible academic, sporting and cultural moments that are normally evident – when we are again reminded of what makes [insert name of School] so special. The moments are seemingly unimportant, magical and many – but they happen every day at [insert name of school]. As you face a new academic year, my advise to you in our elementary school graduation speech is to continue soaring, continue boldly stepping forward, continue marching towards the beat of your drum and may the year that lies ahead be as phenomenal as your graduating year at