It’s really quite hard to believe that I’m saying goodbye to this amazing school as I feel like I’ve only just said hello. It was only 3 years ago that I left behind a school which wasn’t even in the same universe as Logan Park. I was entering an unknown community, a school whose values and culture were completely different from what I had experienced prior. I was your typical awkward and insecure 15 year old, a spotty, brace faced girl who had no idea as to who she was and who she wanted to be.
I was shaking with nerves on my first day, scared that I had taken this huge leap into the unknown and it backfiring. Swimming in my maroon kilt and scratchy jersey I walked into Mr Bayne’s health class and was immediately greeted with smiles and intrigued year 10’s, wondering who this new girl was. It was so refreshing to see the warmth and care all of the students had towards one another; a quality that still remains true to each individual that goes through Logan Park. I knew right from day one that this was where I was meant to be, and I knew that I had to treasure each day I had here. I think a lot of you who have moved here from another school can relate to me when I say that it is really easy to take Logan Park for granted so my advice to the rest of you students who still have the pleasure of coming back to Logan Park is to be proud of your school, be thankful that you are a part of a family who all want you to succeed as your own person, not just a cookie cutter representation of the perfect student.
Looking back throughout my three years here, it is hard to pinpoint the exact moment I became a Logan Parker. In fact, I’m not really sure if there is such a thing. I think instead we are a school of 600 individuals, all with different hobbies, different ambitions and different strengths; however we all have one thing in common. We have been nurtured and supported to become resilient, caring and accepting people on this planet and I think in essence those qualities are what make up a Logan Parker. So thank you to all of our teachers, thank you for completely reinventing the student teacher relationship, educating us to make intelligent and informed decisions about life after school. Each one of you respect us as people by truly caring about the quality of our lives and for that I am immensely grateful. It makes the grind of school so much more enjoyable knowing that you are all on our sides. To Ms Mouat and Mr Hills, working alongside both of you this year is something I am really going to treasure. The amount I have learned this year from both of you is immeasurable so thank you for trusting me and Lucan as your head prefects, it’s been an incredible opportunity. To my crazy year 13’s, thank you for being the most spontaneous, hilarious, creative group of students I could’ve shared my high school experience with. You have made all of the hours here at Logan Park all worth it. I can’t wait to see the positive change we are going to make as a collective in this world. It has been an honour being your head firm this year. So I wish you all good luck, not that you will need it. Whakawhetai ki a koe. Thank you so much Logan Park, it has been an absolute pleasure.