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Academic year 2014/15



 School Captain's Speech

 Delivered by Brian Bobbett at prizegiving 2015

 Welcome parents Families , Teachers and Fellow Students. The first thing I learnt at Toastmasters in fourth year was never tell anyone I’m nervous. But I guess by the sound of my voice I don’t have to tell you. You might think for someone who talks as much as I do this would be easy. Maybe if I had said this speech in first year I would find it is easy. I certainly had no idea where these six years would lead to. But six years ago I would never have imagined myself , standing in front of you trying to express what this school means to me , the memories I've made the friends I've gained and how difficult its going to be no longer entering the drive way of Terenure as a school boy come June. I am going to try. Its difficult to place six of the greatest six years of my life into a few words. But that is what they have been. These six years have been the greatest six years to date and I simply don’t know how they will be beaten. They say your school days are the best days of your life and I think I've only began to realise this. At the beginning of the year I was told by friends and family to treasure my last year in school. Because as good as college is, you wont have the same bond with those lads as you will with your Terenure lads. These six years would not have been as special without the staff of Terenure College. We haven’t always been the easiest of years to work with. However I would like to thank them for their continuous support and commitment they have show to us. I know we might not always recognise it but your effort is very much appreciated and on behalf of the lads I would like to say thank you. My own journey into Terenure takes place as a fifth class primary school pupils of St Colmcilles. My parents decided to send me to Terenure College after seeing the enjoyment that my older brother Conor had here. But me loving Knocklyon and being a passionate “ K-sider” this obviously didn't go down well. I felt I wouldn't make any friends because I wasn't a posh rugger lover. I remember bursting into tears thinking how horrible it was going to be doing anything to convince my parents that it was the wrong call. My dad however said something very important that night. He told me to try first year and if I didn't like it I could move to Colmcilles in second year. Needless to say I survived , I’m still here humbled and honoured to be Terenure colleges school captain of 2015. As first years we were privileged to join the school in the schools 150th anniversary. I was also fortunate to join the school alongside my oldest brother Conor who was a prefect in sixth year. The 150th anniversary gave us all a great insight into the history of the college, the heroes who had came before us and sense of community that Terenure is renowned for. The school hosted Festival 150, a Gaelic tournament and many other memorable occasions in that year. I remember being taken back at all the school offered. It wasn't all rugby loving fanatics!. By being part of the 150th it allowed us to know we were more than just 122 students or a class of 2015 that we too could be part of expanding the history of the school. It is something that everyone standing in front of me as the potential to do. To forge your own tradition. Terenure offers you the opportunity to become that person you’ve always wanted to be and you too can become part of an on-going history. Sadly we don’t get 150 years of our own , but we do have 6 years of unforgettable memoires that will last forever. I felt I might show that I have actually learnt something while I've been here with a quote from W.B Yeats he said “there are no strangers here , only friends you haven’t met yet.” Its something that I refused to believe when my parents sent me here. You enter first year alone in a hall full of strangers. Ms Sia then tells you how quickly the years will go. I remember thinking how ridiculous she sounded I entered a pale scrawny ginger and I was looking to escape the first few days from the threats I received off my brothers mates of being kidnapped and being brought up to the sixth year corridor. The reality of first hit me one lunch time. I mean literally hit me, at lunch I was standing around chatting to some of my friends. From the corner of eye I saw an oval shaped ball in the air. I soared into the sky and picked a ball from the heavens. On my return I was smashed to the floor by Lorcan O Dea. For the next few weeks i was annoyed that I had been floored by some Justin Bieber wanna-be. Its been an incredible journey. I’ve come along way from that skinny ginger, now I’m just a ginger. You too have come along way and I congratulate all prize winners this evening.. A very important occasion I was fortunate to attend this year was to the past pupils union dinner along side our Senior Cup Captain Rory Murray. Rory was fortunate enough that he had a simple conversation starter. He could talk to the Terenure men about rugby. If theres one thing Terenure men love its rugby. I tried to listen in, but after the fifth conversation about our cup campaign I began to wonder would anyone want to talk to me about Gaelic. While Rory was deep in conversation about “ hitting lines “ and what not , I had the time to look at what was going on around me. I could see men of all ages 22-80+ and we all had a common bond. We had all sat in the same classrooms at one time or another. I was over listening into conversations the men were having about their time here. They talked about the 80s Sct winning side. and all I could imagine was Seamus Owens discussing his try for the “f-troop” against the seniors along with the 50 years of exaggeration that came with it. What I most took from that night was that yes tonight we are graduating. I have graduated and you too will some day graduate. But there is a difference between graduating and finishing. Finishing implies its over. But being a Terenure man lives in you as long as it lets you. Part of being a Terenure boy is being determined. Today is a day of celebration. You are here for your excellence in academic, sports, drama and music. You have made this possible through perseverance, hard work and your determination for success. I am at the end of my days in Terenure where as you are in the midst of them. You’ve the best days of your lives to come and I only wish I could be in your position. If there’s one thing I have taken from graduating is to be thankful. Be thankful that a teacher is annoyed that you haven’t completed your homework because they are showing that they care about you. Appreciate everyday in Terenure. Don’t count your days in Terenure , make your days count. Why wouldn’t you take part in Debating, Why wouldn’t you sign up for Cricket. What’s stopping you from trying something new. A little over 6 years ago I decided to try Terenure and it’s the best decision I have ever made. You can make your days count by taking part. It’s better to look back at all the opportunities taken rather than regret those you did not. It’s the days that count and your memories that will let Terenures legacy live on. An abiding memory I have of first year - this from the kid that didn't want to be here ; is winning the first year tournament and spontaneous being lifted up on the shoulders my team mates. This in truth is the image for all my time in Terenure by constantly being lifted up by you my class mates. The examples of this are endless. Sixth year being a year of lasts you begin to appreciate all the things you once didn't notice. Things like Our last cup song practice and the last time we put on the purple white and black jerseys were all very emotional days of this school year. There are certain stand out times in our school days which have helped us establish the friendships that we now love. Father Eanna always told us “ its what you put into something that will determine what you get out of it. That’s why trips away like Delphi, Kairos or Paris have helped us to get know each other better. Its days like MUN outings, the college play or even a try you scored for the first year C team that will keep us connected. A day I will never forget was being voted prefect. It was nice to follow the example my older brother Conor had set. But then to be named as school captain was a feeling that words cannot describe. And a feeling that a select few seated in front of me today may be fortunate to experience I didn't think it was possible for that scrawny ginger in first year to ever have received such a prestigious role. My job was made easier by the election of our vice Joe. I would like to thank Joe and all the Prefects who have made my year a lot easier. I would also like to thank you my peers, you trusted me as a representative for the year and the school. I only hope I have served and reflected you in the way you would have liked and have been the school captain you wanted me to be. A very striking image that I personally feel epitomises us as a year group was our own Senior Cup team. The character the team showed despite having our backs against the wall was remarkable . It showed , that we do not stop fighting when we want something , and we dream big . As Conor Pender said “ don't tell me the skies the limit when there’s for prints on the moon. We also win together and lose together. But it wasn't success or failure that defined us that day. What defined us was the fight our men showed. What also defined us as a year and as a school was our crowd’s response to the lost. Each Nure man linked up. It didn't matter whether you were a first year or a sixth year. We all linked up and sang You'll never walk alone. That is the ethos of Terenure College. As a Terenure man you never walk alone. During the year I was sitting beside Ken Wigglesworth in a changing room for Boden. We were talking about teachers , cup campaigns and just how great the days here are . One of the lads turned around and said you two are the only lads i know who actually enjoyed your school days. Isn't that something that we have taken for granted for here in Terenure. I took it for granted that looking forward to school wasn't something everyone felt. It is incredible that we enter this school happy. Yes school is school but I don't look at Terenure the way many people our age look at school. This is my home. My friends are here , my best memories have come from here and I have even learnt something here. Terenure has it all and to be honest I don't know how I am going to cope without it. This year has been the best and worst year of your life. Its a roller-coaster of emotions, You want to leave just to be finally free from the Leaving Cert , but you never want to leave school. In donnybrook at our junior cup final our cheerleaders sang “I don’t wanna go home “, I think today is a day we will be cheering “ I don’t want to leave home , I don’t wanna leave home, because this was the best trip I ever been on. As sixth years we are leaving but we aren't the only ones. The school is undergoing serious change. 2015 sees the loss of our extraordinary talented and well respected school captain. Our principal Fr Richard has been elected to “ High office “. In his short reign as Principal he has made a “ big “ influence on me and the whole school. I would like to thank him for his hard work over the last few years and I wish him the best of luck in his new role as Prior Provincial of the Carmelites in Ireland and Zimbabwe. Our much loved Deputy Principal Mr. Gallon is also retiring after 41 years years teaching in Terenure College. I don't think in my 6 years do I remember Mr Gallon giving out unless it was to cure hiccups. This year has thought me how much work goes on behind the scenes to make this school the success it is. I would like to wish Frank and Dian a very happy retirement. We extend our best wishes to all the teachers who are retiring this year. At the past pupils union Mr Gallen spoke about how the school was thriving. Yes Mr Gallen someone was listening ! Despite our losses I have no doubt the school will continue to thrive. With the rumors of the “special one “ returning I know the school is in more than capable hand. I would also like to congratulate newly appointed Vice principal Mr Wallace and wish him the very best with the years to come. Having had Mr. Wallace as form master for three years I am certain the school will continue to succeed. On a very personal note. To my parents …. Mom And Dad you trusted Terenure College as the school you felt would help me to grow as an individual. I only hope I have turned out to be the person you always wanted me to be. I would like to thank you for the love patience and continual support you have shown me even when I am foolish enough not to return it. Students this is the perfect time to thank your parents for the sacrifice and effort they have made to send you to Terenure College. Always remember this. Terenure College is a Harbour. Ships were never designed to sit in the Harbour. Ships were designed to explore the beautiful seas. But if the sea as become too choppy or a storm happens always remember there is a place waiting for you at home in the port. It has provided each one of us a safe haven and the tools to propel us forward in life. Not just academically but as a person. I know that each one of you will be the captain of your own life and navigate yourselves to success. I want to leave you with words of advice. The only person you are destint to become is the person you decide to be. So .. Live a life that matters Ready or not some day it will all come to an end. Your grudges, resentment, frustrations and jealousy will all disappear. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away So how will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not your success but your significance, What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught, What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence but your character. What will matter is not how many people knew you but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone. Living a life that matter doesn’t happen by accident, its not a matter of circumstance but a matter of CHOICE. I hope you choose to live a life that matters

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