On Thursday, 26th October, Mr Scott Frize, Head of Junior School, addressed the Year 6 students who will be starting Year 7 in 2018.

We asked Mr Frize for a copy of his speech and he has agreed to let us share it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

“Dear Students of Year 6,

May I first take the time to thank our Senior School staff, Mrs Kelli Wilson, Mrs Sue West, Dr Darryl Nelson and Mrs Cathy Kroenert, for offering you an insight into what next year holds for you. I think it is fair to say that Year 7 will wow you!

I have the privilege of talking to you tonight as a Junior School teacher; for most of you, as your class teacher and, for some, a teacher who just represents a stage of your schooling adventure. My role tonight is to offer you some advice about how best to finish what you have started, that being your Junior School years.

You must all be buzzing after listening to all the cool things that are on offer for you next year and you must have a sense of urgency to get there now and not on the last day of January in 2018. But can I please try to get you to slow down over the concluding weeks of this term, and indeed your Junior School career, and enjoy what is still yours.

Being the big fish in a small pond is still yours. Being in control and in total comfort in your environment is still yours. Feeling like you are completing something rather than starting something is still yours. Spending time with old friends, who for some are at least seven years in the making, before being introduced to new people, is still yours. Having a bag box in your classroom, from where papers and junk spill out, is still yours. Having a lunch order that is delivered to your classroom is still yours. Having a space that is your classroom that you feel strongly connected to, is still yours. Feeling like you’re ready to explode because you want to start something new, is still yours.

This is but a limited selection of things that are yours when you consider yourself as a Junior School student. I want to encourage you to stay in the moment, don’t wish time away, and make your remaining days and weeks as a Junior School student the best that you can. If you finish what you started with integrity and conviction, this will carry over to the next new thing that awaits you – in this case, it’s life as a senior student at Snowy Mountains Grammar School.

Year 6, thank you for taking the time tonight to come along with your family and taking in all that there is to get excited about for next year.  Students, please ask questions about next year to your class teachers between now and the end of the year, as often as you feel the need to. We want to ensure that you feel as comfortable and relaxed as you can be. Parents, please don’t hesitate to contact any one of us at school if you would like anything further explained.

Thanks for coming and I hope that you all enjoy your snapshot of life in the big school tomorrow.”