15 Oct 2019 Matric Valedictory
On Friday 11 October we celebrated the Class of 2019 at their Valedictory Service. The High School A Cappella opened proceedings with Gaudeamus Igitur whilst the staff and Grade 12s entered the Auditorium. Mr Regan Nicholas, outgoing Deputy Principal and long-serving staff member was the Guest of Honour; and those assembled were also addressed by the four heads of school as well as the College Principal.
Here is Mr Davies’ address:
Reasons and Seasons
A 1960s band, The Byrds, once wrote a classic hit based on scriptural verses from the book of Ecclesiastes:
To everything there is a season
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, a golden future it’s not too late
People and places come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime… When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.
When someone or a situation is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end… Sometimes they walk away, sometimes you walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realise is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
When people and places come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy… Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season…
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons – those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (any way); and put what you have learnt to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
Some of you are more than friends – you are family. And some of you are more than family – you are friends.
As a proud former parent of this school I can tell you that you will flourish out there; you are confident, you have faced academic rigour, you have the ability to lead and you know how to manage people. You have been equipped for your lifetime, go out there as your predecessors have done and make a lifetime of difference.
Thank you for being a part of Dainfern College, your destination of choice.
The Matrics performed three musical items for the Assembly – a spoken word piece by Thoriso Lamola, accompanied by Jay Kim (piano), Patrick Casserly (saxophone) and Rachel Calaz (flute); a song by Chiara Watson and Thandolwethu Dludla, and a song by Tina Giannopoulos (vocals) accompanied by Joel Riffel (piano) and Timothy Hughes (guitar).
Following the Service, parents, staff and student enjoyed refreshments before the traditional Walk of Honour took place, where all the students, from Grade 0 to Grade 11 lined the pathways to see the Matrics on their way.
Farewell and thank you, Class of 2019!
The following awards were made at the Valedictory:
English, Afrikaans, Advanced Programme Mathematics, Life Sciences: Oluwaferanmi Oluwadairo
isiZulu, History: Babalwa Vabaza and Pumelele Vabaza
Mathematical Literacy: Meg Blyth
Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Engineering Graphics & Design, Life Orientation: Christopher Flood
Sigma Trophy: David Clarke
Geography, Accounting: Nicholas Munro
Business Studies: Tina Giannopoulos & Pumelele Vabaza
Business Acumen & Project Management Award:Keano dos Santos
Information Technology Best Coder Award, Information Technology Best Admin User, Information Technology: Amber Oelschig
Best Visual Art History Award, Best Visual Art Practical Award, Visual Arts: Ashleigh Keichel
Christopher Flood and Oluwaferanmi Oluwadairo
Fortitude: Keano dos Santos
Humanity: Micah Chalker
Arthur Dean Trophy:
King Constantine Medal:
Awards decided by the Matrics
Wall of Honour: Michael Nsibande
Spirit Cup: Siyabonga Sukazi