“More than ever, today I invite you to live each and every one of your school values fully. Be honest with yourself and others, be generous, remember you are not alone in this world, be responsible for your decisions and actions by demonstrating positive leadership, work hard, don´t give up and enjoy each day as much as you can”. These are some of the words Miss Ximena Susaeta addressed to the Seniors before they received their ties and invited them to wear it with pride and respect, as it represents the school alma mater.
As every year, one representative of the 12° grade homeroom teachers addressed the students. This time Miss Jasmín Navarro, homeroom teacher of 12°B, made a reflection about how this, more than a ceremony, is a collective and communal ritual, a rite of passage. She highlighted the possibility this rebirth provides to become a better person and that today they change and adopt a new status. “Like in a play, we already bought first line tickets to see your best performance”, she concluded.
Then the Senior Presidents of Class of 2021, Olivia Camus and Hans Eben, were introduced and received a special pin they will use in their ties. “Our day has arrived. We received this tie, which implies privileges and represents the beginning of the end of this road”, explained Hans. They refer to the importance of achieving with maturity the responsibility that this symbol represents, together with the school values. They also were grateful of being able to represent their classmates and pointed out they will make their main effort to enjoy as much as possible every moment of this year, adapting when the scenario doesn’t allow it. Olivia highlighted that: “even though our senior privileges have not been defined yet, the great privilege is being able to be here today, all gathered together”.
Miss Lorna began her words as she put on one of the senior’s ties, and said “this is a great symbol and I can feel how much it means to you”. The headmistress pointed out the students´ attitude during the ceremony, which was lived with joy and respect. Then she outlined that “we have privileges and are privileged. The great word today is privileges, in its different forms”.
“We care very much for each and every one of you, and we care for our school. You are our big allies in helping us to keep teaching on-site. Together we can make big things”, she added. Finally, Miss Lorna shared the concept of togetherness. “We want you here, with us, we want to be able to make all of our ceremonies and for that we all have to be very careful”.