McNaughton House Prefect Speech at Valedictory Breakfast

Wynberg Boys' High School McNaughton House Prefect Samuel Kelly

Wynberg Boys’ High School: 2015 McNaughton House Prefect Samuel Kelly

Valedictory Speech – Samuel Kelly

Good morning Mr Richardson, staff, guests and, most importantly, my fellow Matrics of 2015.

“What did you learn at school today?” A phrase uttered by your parents countless times over the years. This question was usually answered with a basic “nothing”. But, what did we really learn at school? I’m not talking about knowledge or things that can be taught out of a textbook. The really important things you learn give you the tools to go out into the world and make a difference. Wynberg has taught us the lessons that can’t be taught in class. We are in a truly unique environment that will allow us to go out into the world and make a positive change.

We live in a country where race is a big part of our history and Xenophobia a relevant problem. However, we at Wynberg have Langenis and Prinsloos sitting next to each other in class. This may seem insignificant to us but there are lots of schools where this is unheard of. We, as the youth, being exposed to such a wide variety of races and cultures allows us to leave this school with a broader mind and a greater knowledge of how other people live. That is what you learn at Wynberg.

Brotherhood is something this 174-year-old institution has always prided itself on. As a Wynberg Boy, you know that wherever you are or whatever you are doing, you will have the full support of your brothers behind you. This infinite chain of men looking out for one another is unique and cannot be replicated. Teachers who have passed through the school have commented on the extreme friendliness and manners of us boys. These are vital tools that we need in order to succeed in the future. That is what you learn at Wynberg.

Supera Moras is not just a school motto, it is instilled in each and every one of us. Every week we hear of boys and teams who have done the impossible through sheer grit and determination. This undying will to continue and to achieve the best is what makes the boys of this school special. We do not settle for mediocrity and will always strive to be the best in everything we do. These are lessons that will help us in whatever we choose to do in the years going forward. Never giving up. That is what you learn at Wynberg.

And so, the time has come for us to leave this school. We have transformed from young, fresh-faced boys into men, ready to conquer whatever life throws at us. The environment of Wynberg has put us in good stead in order to achieve in whatever it is we choose to do in the future. At the moment, this seems like the end, the be all and end all of life. However, this is just the beginning of the rest of our lives.

I would like to thank the McNaughton Matrics of 2015 for your support throughout the year. You bought into my vision for the house and were enthusiastic for every event. To Mr Taylor, thank you for your guidance throughout the year as well as your 15 years of service to McNaughton house. I hope we did you proud in what has been your final year as House Head.

To Mr Richardson, thank you for being the ultimate servant of Wynberg. The 40 years of your life that you have devoted to continuing to make this school great has certainly not gone unnoticed. You too are starting a new chapter in your life. I wish you success in whatever it may be.

Finally, to my fellow Matrics, thank you for 5 years of unforgettable memories. One day we will look back and miss the Saturday afternoon rugby, the break time banter and the stress of Afrikaans Paper 2. We will miss it because we did it with our brothers and our best friends. I trust that our paths will cross many more times in the future. Thank you and Supera Moras.