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brotherhood is in safe hands next year and I wish you all the best for the year ahead. At the end of this speech, I will give Jack the Head Prefect’s crest and will pass over the korowai. I want to take this opportunity to thank Gunny (Louis Gunn) and the prefect group for supporting me this year, and also the entire Year 13 group. Teacher and rowing coach Henry Smith has told me on many occasions that leadership is a lonely place but, looking back on this year, I can happily disagree. I have had the support of the year group and the school and I want to thank you all for that. To my fellow Year 13 students, as the seniors we set the tone of the school and every Year 13 this year has had a hand in making this year such a memorable and enjoyable one. I want to wish all the leavers the best of luck in their future endeavours. Stay true to the virtues of College and I know all of you will succeed. I want to thank Executive Principal Garth Wynne, Deputy Principal Rob Donaldson and Director of the Centre for Character & Leadership Darrell Thatcher for their support and mentoring over this year. Also, a massive thank you to my parents and family for supporting me and for allowing me the opportunity to attend this great school, this great brotherhood. This brotherhood doesn’t belong to 2020, it belongs to everyone in this room, and it is your responsibility to ensure that the ideals of this vision are upheld.

and time again in Chapel, namely mindfulness. Now lads, I know you are often not feeling inspired on a Monday morning at 8.15, but I urge you to really listen and take on board what the Chaplain talks about. We are truly lucky to have a man with his wisdom and open mindedness to be guiding our spirituality through our most radical time of growth. Other men to be acknowledged today are David Chambers and Peter Cooper. These long-standing staff are retiring after a combined 55 years of service to the school. Both have had a profound impact on their respective departments – and, on behalf of the boys, I want to wholeheartedly thank you for your service. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my Housemaster Ian Stevenson, who has been a huge part of my time at College. He has taught me many valuable lessons over the three and a half years at the helm of the mighty House that is Corfe – most valuable of which is not to take things too seriously. Your laidback nature has taught me to not sweat the small stuff, which has allowed me to really enjoy this year, so thank you.

The idea of a brotherhood is something I introduced in my speech last year. At that time, I defined the brotherhood as a collective of people who all have each other’s backs and continually try to lift each other up, all the while showing the values of respect and integrity to a high degree. We have made leaps and bounds towards this vision, and throughout the year there have been exceptional cases of this concept being seen. The most vivid of which in my view was the head shave – 75 boys and staff from different years and Houses shaving their heads for a very worthy cause and raising an incredible $64,488, smashing the previous record by $25,000. I believe that the droves of lads getting their locks chopped is largely due to the collective will to contribute and to support each other. This year has seen the cultivation of this idea and it is my sincere hope that future generations of boys will build and celebrate this brotherhood. This leads me to congratulate Jack Belcher and Jamie Barr for being named Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefect for 2021. I know the

Good traditions must be maintained.

Tiakina tika, nga¯ tikanga tika

No ¯ reira, te¯ na¯ koutou, te¯ na¯ koutou, te¯ na¯ tatou katoa.

Thank you.

Dominic Edmond 2020 Head Prefect


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