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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,


In the words of Winnie the Pooh, “As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”


Lisnagarvey is a school is certainly a place for grand adventures! With a plethora of valuable learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom and staff who work tirelessly to help each and every pupil who walks through its doors. I feel so fortunate to be one of those pupils on a grand adventure! I can honestly say that, throughout my time here at Lisnagarvey, both my family and my teachers have helped me achieve great things both academically and socially.


When I think of what the school has helped me accomplish academically, I instantly think of my GCSE results. At the end of my first year, some of my results were less desirable than others. This was when the staff and my parents decided to take various steps to push me harder to improve my grades as much as I could. Over the course of around five months, my grades changed for the better, even though there were times when I just wanted to burn all of the books!


All the effort was worthwhile, as I achieved a report that I was proud as punch of. However, the support, encouragement and care did not stop there. It continued, day after day, week after week, year after year. Because at Lisnagarvey, its not just about passing, it’s about SUCCEEDING, achieving YOUR best as an individual.


What is education?

No, I’m not going to enter a philosophical debate! But what I do wish to do is to demonstrate that, at Lisnagarvey, it is not just about helping us achieve our academic best; the staff here strive to embrace our eclectic mix of personalities and bring out the best in us, socially too! In fact, I have flourished in this aspect since I enrolled here. My confidence has shot up over the years………some might say a little too much!!!!


But all credit goes to the school’s ways of making each pupil feel valued and important. When I was in Year 8, I would have collapsed in fear if I had been put in this position. Now though, I am extremely comfortable speaking to all of you lovely people!


I would just like to end by saying a thank you to everyone who helped me along on my own grand adventure.


 I also wish my fellow pupils the very best of luck on theirs. Each of you has the ability to achieve great things and with the help and encouragement given to you by the staff here, you will!


A final word from Winnie the Pooh: “Always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”


Thank you.


Matthew Malcolm, Head Boy

Head Boy and Girl