Each year our graduating Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to present a farewell speech at our end of year assembly. Last December, four pupils presented their own personal reflections on their time at Little River School. We also enjoyed a visual presentation put together by our Year 8 boys. Great to see how they have grown and enjoyed every opportunity.
I hope you enjoy their reflections.
Year 8 Speeches, December 2012.
Hi I'm Rachel,
I have been attending Little River School since 2004. Over my time here, I have experienced highs lows, made awesome friends, learnt basic life skills and achieved some of my goals in life. But none of this could've happened without the great teachers here at Little River School. They have guided me past my first educational goal, learning how to learn. The hardest part of Little River School was the first day. Being surrounded by the Room 1 giants, who at the time were very scary, but now I am one of those giants who is moving to a school that will make me seem dwarfed.
Over the eight years I have attended Little River School I have been a witness of change. Mrs Wooster our former principal, despite what they all say was excellent but a tad strict, got replaced by Mr Couper who put a whole new spin on the school. My first teacher, Mrs Couling was a kind teacher that always wanted to help her students achieve then got replaced by Mrs Wright, who was the nice teacher who brought the goodie box into room 4 which I recall being a high. Then she left for our current room 4 teacher, Mrs Cochrane, the one that introduced us to glitter! Lucky for her, she didn't have to clean our mess. Next we were passed up to Mrs Smith; a very strict teacher who wanted you to succeed in life. Then all of a sudden, it was into Room 2 with Mrs Cameron, a teacher who loves arts and craft and every Thursday, Mrs Couper would come in and teach us more. Then boom, here we are with our sports mad, coffee crazed teacher (Mr Fitch) who competes in 100k runs and comes eighth over all, what's with that? I'd like to say a big thank you to all my teachers over these eight years.
Now I'm moving on to high school, to start another intrepid journey to the unknown.
After being the first year 8 at school for a while it was a relief to find that my good friend Sophie turned up.
Hi, my name is Sophie.
I have been at Little River School since I was 5. In my time at Little River, I have tried new things, completed goals and made lifelong friends.
I'll start with Room four.
First it was Room 4, Mrs Couling taught us for half the year, then when she left, Mrs Cochrane came. My favourite memory would be the Fijian assembly, where we got sheets and painted red Fijian flowers on them and wrapped them around us lke a sarong. Everyone would have to say they loved taking the soft toys home. The girls all loved the bumblebee and the boys always took the bear home. Everyday someone would be crowned 'Person of the Day,' which involved choosing a treat from the very top of the cupboard. The treat box had to be kept up high so we couldn't steal treats while the teacher wasn't looking!
We were in Room 4 for two years, and in 2007 we moved into Room 3. Our teacher was Mrs Smith, she loved testing us on times tables and always made you take them home to learn if you didn't know. I'd say everyone always tried to be good, because if you were good, you got to go and play on the playground during reading or maths. In 2009 we joined Mrs Cameron's class - we were all excited about Room 2, this meant being able to go on the senior play ground. In Room 2 we wrote our own plays - mine was an animal play and we performed some of them in front of the school.
That year our production was Snow White. Sarah, Rachel, Becky and I were beggars, we all wanted to eat the apples because they were real, but we had to wait till the end of the production. This time was also many of our first years at the Lincoln Zone athletics, cross country and triathlon. This year I also achieved one of my goals and got the Year 5-6 Sports Cup.
Slowly we sped through the junior years and moved into the big, superior, senior class - Room 1! We were excited, because we had sporty Mr Fitch for our teacher. That meant we got to do longer PE lessons. This was also my first year of a speaking part for the best ever production, Panto Pandemonium. Sarah and I were the ugly stepsisters and we sure looked ugly! Bright green faces, hideous dresses and afro wigs. We got to sing 'Its Gotta be Me' and whack each other with a shoe.
That was year six, now it's year seven, 2011.
This year sped by very quickly. We went to Hanmer for our school camp. The food was delicious, and the orienteering was fun, except that the weather was terrible! At the end of the year we all enjoyed watching Robbie the Reindeer during the last week of term. We were sad to see our Year 8 friends leave to high school. But we knew we'd be there next year.
The year rolled by again, but this time it was our last! We've had a jam packed year with loads of sports, choir, becoming a student leader and organising a disco, pyjama day and pool party. It was also our last production, Alice in Wonderland. There were five Alice's, I was the third. With a Mad Rapper, storytellers, Queen of Hearts and Caterpiilar, it was a great production!
2012 was a great year and we will all miss primary school a lot, especially the awesome camps, cross countries, manual and swimming and much more of course! S,o for the last time I would like to thank everyone who has taught me, helped me and encouraged us all to the top.
I will sure miss Little River, but I am really excited about boarding at Girls High next year.
Sarah's End of Year Speech
Hi, my name is Sarah. I've been at Little River School since the start of 2005; eight years. I went into room 4, and was very nervous at first, but I'd gotten to know people in playcentre, so I settled down quickly. My first teacher was Mrs Couling. She wore a teddy bear skirt and always gave you hugs when you were feeling down. Sometimes the old principal would come in and read us stories. She would also teach us rhymes and games, such as The church and steeples and Mrs White.
Then in 2006, Mrs Wright and Mrs Cochrane came. That was the year of my first production The Creature Feature. Our class performed a play. Rachel and I were fish and we were caught. A.P. was king Neptune.
In 2007, I went into room 3. My teacher was Mrs Smith, who really liked her times tables. It was in room 3 that we began Smart Words, our spelling.
2008 was the year of my second production Snow Bright and the Seven Morphs. Sophie, Rebecca, Rachel and I were beggars, and we were given apples to eat. They were delicious!!! This was also the year of my first camp. It was at Living Springs. I loved the monorail.
The next year, 2009 we went into room 2. My mum, Mrs Cameron, was our teacher. The work was a lot harder, but it was still fun. We also had camp at Living Springs that year, but we got to try new things, like archery and shooting.
2010 was the year we got tadpoles. It was fun watching them grow. Then we released them into the stream. It was cool watching them swim away too. 2010 was also the year of my third school production, Panto Pandemonium, this was my favourite production. Sophie and I were the ugly stepsisters, Magnolia and Apple White. We had puffy dresses and horrible make up; green faces and moles!!! That year we went to Waipara for our camp, my favourite part was the waterhole.
In 2011 we started in room 1. Mr Fitch is our coffee addicted, sports crazy teacher. We started Availll that year, and watched Robbie the Reindeer, which was really funny. Camp this year was at Hanmer Springs. I really liked the superbowl.
Now, all too soon, it's 2012. The last of my 8 years at Little River School. My last production was Alice in Wonderland. I was the Queen of Hearts, and got to play croquet with hedgehogs and flamingos. My last camp was at Orton Bradley. I really liked the sea kayaking, coasteering and sailing.
I have achieved a lot in my time at Little River School, and will miss it tons. One of my biggest achievements was becoming a student leader, along with some of my closest friends; Sophie, Rachel and Rebecca...
Rebecca's End Of Year Speech
Hi I'm Rebecca, a year 8 leaving Little River School.
I first came to Little River School at the end of 2005. At first I was terrified but soon settled in thanks to my new friends and my big buddy, Jasmine. I made my best friend almost immediately, Sophie and I shared a common connection. We had the same stockings! We are still best friends today. Soon I started to love coming to Little River School. As I got older, school work started changing from funny little self portraits and learning about the old woman in the shoe to times tables to harder maths, English and science and then finally to Lincoln Entrance Exams.
I have really enjoyed my time at Little River School and am really proud of some of my achievements. Some of these are; becoming a student leader and helping run school events and fun days, drama with Mrs Robson and of course the school productions. My favourite being Alice in Wonderland, where I played one of the five Alice's. I loved representing Little River School at Cantamaths and Lincoln Zones. I also loved school camps where I pushed myself out of my comfort zone numerous times.
Little River School has helped me both academically and socially as I'm sure I've come out of this with some life long friends. It's going to be very sad leaving Little River School, but I can't wait to be presented with some new challenges at Lincoln High School. I thank all the teachers who have helped me during my time at Little River School including the ones who have left over the last eight years. I also thank my friends and all the people in the school.
Then seven years later along came Theresa.
Theresa's End of Year Speech
Hi, I'm Theresa. I only came to Little River School in Term 2 of this year. I'd spent 7 years of my schooling at the same school, so I thought it would be hard to adjust. And I was nervous when I first started, but I made friends quickly and soon settled into the Room 1 routine. Now, 7 months later, I feel like I've lived here all my life.
In the short time that I've been here, I've achieved goals I never would've achieved before I came here, like going to the Canterburys for athletics. At my old school, I never got a part in the school production, probably 'cause I suck at acting, but here, everyone gets a part. And our Orton Bradley camp was much better than the camp I went on earlier this year.
I'm not saying this because you'd call me a traitor if I didn't. I'm saying this because Little River is an awesome school, it's been a privilege to come here and I'm sad that now I have to leave to go to Lincoln High School.
Class of 2012.