Honourable Principle, Senior vice Principle (Academic Affairs), Senior Vice Principle (Student Affairs),
Academic Supervisors, School management, and my fellow students,
I stand before you humbled.
It is a great honor for me to be given the opportunity to speak on such an auspicious day.
Teaching is a noble profession which has been around for time immemorial. Centuries ago Alexander the great praised his mentor Aristotle by articulating,”I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”
I am certain that I speak for my fellow students when I say that we owe our teachers a debt of gratitude.
It is because of their life’s work that so many of us are capable of being active contributors in our respective fields.
My teachers have taught me that being a good student takes much more than just academic excellence.
It comes hand in hand with punctuality, grit, time management, and a positive attitude towards failure.
I learned that the roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet, something Aristotle himself has taught.
That there can be joy in the struggle.
There can be a sense of achievement in facing the struggle of overcoming who we were only yesterday so as to create a better today and envision an even better tomorrow.
Self-effacing, whole-heartedly dedicated, patient, thoughtful, these are but to name a few of the adjectives which come to mind when reflecting about the daunting routine our teachers go through every day to ensure that we students are on the right track.
It goes without saying that, none of our greatest achievements would have been possible to accomplish had it not been for our teachers.
They nurtured the latent talent they saw in us at a time we ourselves were incapable of seeing it laying dormant within us.
If not for the counsel and criticism of our teachers, we would not be able to enjoy the same quality of life as we do currently.
Student’s look to their teachers for academic assistance as well as moral support. Encouragement can go a long way and motivate students to display goal-oriented behavior.
Our teachers lead by example and it is through them that we pick up the trifecta of good qualities:
Curiosity, Passion and Resilience.
Under the tutelage of a teacher a pupil may begin to discover them self in a new, albeit positive light.
Learning is a lifelong journey and our teachers prepare us for the upcoming trials and tribulations which are to come.
With that being said, teachers shape our outlook on life and make it possible to face whatever may come. I have come to learn that happiness is to feel good by doing good.
It is only fair that we reciprocate the effort our teachers put into making better people of us all and also take a moment to appreciate all they have done for us.
I would like to end my speech on a high note by quoting the Great Teacher Onizuka who said,
“A good teacher can help you get into a good college, a great teacher can give you a childhood you will never forget which will be more of an asset.”
Some fictional teachers worth noting:
- Zetsubou Sensei
- John Keating
- Dewey Finn
- Dan Dunne