Closing Ceremony Address
Geoff Friderichs, Head Prefect
Last month, our rugby squad travelled to UBC to compete in the AA Provincial Championships.
The night before the final we were all restless and Mr. Healy called a separate meeting for us
Grade 12’s. I expected its purpose was to discuss tactics and strategy for tomorrow’s game but I
was wrong entirely. When we had all crammed into the room Mr. Healy looked at the ten of us
and told us what an honour and privilege it had been sharing every war and every battle up until
that moment. It wasn’t about the rugby anymore, it was about the connection between ten players
and a coach, but more importantly, it was about the friendship between eleven brothers. Moments
like those are far too rare to be cut with menial words. Our silence spoke our confidence in one
another. The next day we walked away from Thunderbird Stadium as provincial champions and
as a band of brothers I will always remember.
I never thought I would form such friendships in a place like this. In fact, four years ago I was a
sceptical Grade 9 and could not stop worrying about whether or not I would make new friends.
D.H. Lawrence once said, “Beginnings are scary and endings are sad, but it’s the middle that
counts in the end.” Grade 9 was the beginning, and now is the end, and everything in the middle
has definitely been worthwhile. At times, it has been easy and straightforward, like having
badminton as a sport in the third term. At times it has been difficult and demanding, like tackling
practice after a bad game of rugby. At times, it has been hilarious, like watching Mr. Felix
impersonate a flamingo at the SEC luncheon. And at times it has been adventuresome, like
sleeping in the cupboards in the Physics lab at two o’clock in the morning with a pet tarantula.
These last four years have been filled with joy, laughter, tears and moments I will never forget
and I could not think of a better group of people to share it with.
As parents, I imagine the uneasiness you felt s