Friday, September 3, 2010

I hope you have the time of your life (part 1)

This has become the song the boys play most years, a damn fine song I have to say (I know Lisa will enjoy it..).Press play then read,thanks ;0)

It was our last House dinner for Matt on Wednesday night. The year 12's officially hand duties over to the year 11's and their high school lives are commemorated by their house.

(using a Sketchy Thursday's sketch)

The house system at CGS is the strength of the school, they are their families during the day, they do everything with their house. I have always thought Matt was lucky to get into the relatively new Edward's House. Because it is so new it is set away from the rest of the school, someone during the night compared it to Tasmania. But with the tyranny of distance came a closer unit of boys that support each other across the year groups. They started out with a dust bowl to play in, now they have undercover picnic tables, artificial grass and a huge vege patch with lots of room to throw or kick a ball (or hold their annual ironman event).

During the night, many of the boys expressed their goals in life. The school has always encouraged the boys to do what they love as it follows they will do well, and this has been the case. One of the boys couldn't be there because he was in camp to train to get into the London Olympic Road racing team, another was at a cabinetry course he was doing on top of his HSC studies. A couple of the boys who had expressed interest in being full time musicians performed and another wants to be a dance professional. Others expressed interests in teaching, stand up comedy and being a writer (that's my boy). I love that they were all encouraged to beat their own paths.

The boys were happy to sit with their parents and teachers for the night. This is so different from when I was an 18yo. They are respectful but still willinhg to have some fun (who knew 18yo's still love to play with balloons??).

The last speech of the night was Mr Dunkley and he only had one piece of advice for the year 12's. 'Always love your parents as much as you can because they love you very much.'. How cool is that - and the boys didn't scoff either.

Can you tell I'm a bit proud of Matt and his friends??

Tomorrow, another musical interlude, this time supplied by the boys. xx


missusem said...

Hope you have a good weekend. I love that layout.. the color combo is just exquisite!

Love so much from Aberdeen.

Irini said...

Oh how moving! how wonderful that Matt has gone to such a innovative school.....I wish him all the best that this world has to offer!!
love the layout....

lisa said...

Lovely Karen and thanks for the mention xx

I love this LO. I really do. Good luck to Matt x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhh wow!! What a powerful thing for their teacher to say!! LOVE IT!! And loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your lo!! Thanks sooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

PS...that is one of my all time fave songs! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)