Last night we celebrated our Awards’ Night. What a great night. For this fortnight’s newsletter, I wish to publish one of our College captain’s speech. Please take the time to read this with your child for your child represents the future of GCCC.
David Heyworth, Head of Senior School
Awards night speech “The Greater Fool” by Riley Williamson
Good evening, I am both thrilled and saddened to be addressing you all tonight, for this will be one of my last appearances both in this stylish Blazer that I have grown incredibly fond of and one of my last chances to express to the student body, teachers and parents – of the joy, pride and memories that I will forever hold as a result of my role as College Captain for 2013.
Since the early days of coming to GCCC, I grew to love it – just as anyone would. As the years went on I realized that there is possibly no better way to contribute to a school, to give back what I had taken and to represent the countless students who had become my friends – then to attain the honour of College Captain.
In any leadership position, you quickly learn who your real friends are and where your greatest support lies. The students of GCCC have never let me down, you have been with the school captains every step of the way, and you have all been a source of strengths, support and inspiration.
We are all a result of this school, a school that promotes creativity, rewards innovation and replaces differences with unity and ultimately, education – the duty of this and every school – is to light the path to hope, leadership brings responsibility, the independence of the different grades does not mean isolation from each other, a great school thrives when students help students and the older protect the younger and when a school ethos promotes compassion, involvement and dedication. As school Captains we have always tried to act on these values – It hasn’t always been easy and certainly hasn’t always been popular, one of the benefits of freedom is that people can disagree – fair to say I have created plenty of opportunities for people to exercise that right.
There is no such thing as a typical year at GCCC – 2013 has been no exception. There is no such thing as a typical grade – Every single grade gathered here tonight is no exception of that – there is no such thing as a typical GCCC student – non of you are an exception to that. Not only has it been an honour to serve as your College Captain, but it has also been a privilege to call many of you friends. I am incredibly proud of each and every single one of you.
When I first began to write this speech, I affectionately titled it “The Greater Fool”
The Greater Fool is actually an economic term. Basically, it’s a patsy for the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool – the guy who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their entire life trying not to be the greater fool; we toss him the hot potato, we dive for his seat when the music stops. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that they can succeed where others have failed. This school was built by greater fools.
Three years ago, if you were to ask me “What makes Glasshouse Christian College special, what makes GCCC different to all the rest” Well… to be honest, I wouldn’t have known what to say – not a clue – I might have gone with the generic “Quality of learning” or some mainstream desirable standard we expect of private schools but failing that, I honestly could not have told you. Three years is a long time – if one of you were to ask me today, “What makes Glasshouse Christian College stand out from the rest?” – my answer would be simple – You do…. Each and every one of you – you are all the Greater Fool. Never forget that and never abuse that, I pray that this school will never lose that – no matter the changes, the false starts, the obstacles, the defeats and the triumphs.
GCCC will grow, it will expand – this is inevitable, whilst it may lose the reality of a “small school” and graduate into the benchmarks of a larger purpose – pursue and maintain the importance of that grounded, accepting and humble establishment it started with.
It will remain one of my greatest memories, to contribute and belong to a school – filled with people as brave and as Nobel as the ones you will find at “Glasshouse Christian College” Whatever hardships come before you, individually or collectively, intentionally or by Gods will – just when you think its lost, when the spirit of perseverance has eluded you and when you find yourself down and out – remember, failure does not mean the end, success does not mean you’re finished – it is the courage to continue that defines who we are – that defines the greater fools.
No matter what, I have and I always will believe that our Schools greatest days lay ahead.
Stay very classy GCCC