Bridge Muir
Bridge Muir

Farewell my fellow Vikings: A message to Year 12s

Year 12 Farewell Speech
By Year 12 Coordinator Bridge Muir (Viking High Queen: the stronghold of this clan)

Year 12 students you have reached a milestone on the journey to Valhalla.

It has been almost 1000 days and 6000 hours since you embarked on the epic voyage of high schooling at Noosa District State High School.

This journey could be likened to a Viking longboat expedition setting off into unknown seas guided by the stars.

Some of those hours and days have felt like a lifetime, whilst others simply flashed by in the blink of an eye.

This voyage has been tumultuous and turbulent at times, with some succumbing to seasickness due to treacherous storms.

Others battled conflict and doubt within themselves or with others on board while some began new journeys outside the longship.

Some civil wars on the longship were fought hard, leaving wounded relationships. For some, the scars remain as a reminder of the battles some endured to arrive here at a safe haven on the way to Valhalla.

The guiding stars on your journey have been your parents, teachers and staff here at Noosa District State High School modelling the Viking values of determination, resilience and teamwork.

We are all proud of the spirit, skills and resourcefulness amongst the Vikings present here today who have seen this journey through to its completion.

You have fought the good fight together, helped those who needed moral support when times were tough and cheered each other on and celebrated successes.

You have showcased the breadth of skills and talents honed along this voyage. This year's musical will no doubt, live in the hearts and minds of many as one of the highlights of this journey along with the dancing, singing and acting talents showcased by Nicola Hewitt, Reagan Greentree and Finley Wegener.

We are not all about forging battles and combat.

Remember: A strong Viking is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Tears flow abundantly as laughter. A strong Viking is both soft and powerful, both practical and spiritual and their essence is a gift to the world.

Your gift of care, compassion and concern for the welfare of others has been demonstrated by a student team led by Karree Lindenmayer and Matthew Craigie through their work with the Student Council and Interact.

By Finn Neville and her passion for helping refugees.

By Courtney Robinson who has empowered the voiceless with the establishment of the Support for Queer Adolescents group. This group has the attention of other schools, which may consider following in Jarl Courtney's footsteps.

The sporting prowess of the Year 12 Vikings have set this cohort apart with Meg Meldrum, even attempting to take on Murray Gordon in a race around the oval… and unfortunately, losing. Ben Mander, Nic Hooper, Chakera Thompson, James Constable and Sam Cameron-Hands all scooped the pool… and oval and are no doubt running out of space (in the pool room) for their loot of sporting medallions and trophies.

Year 12 Vikings were always fashionably attired thanks to the work of Mikaela Fewster and well-nourished with resplendent meals prepared by Chloe Duckworth.

Minagi Van Wyk outwitted all those who tested his expert mind in games of strategy while Matt Craigie used his expert knowledge of astrophysics.

Together they kept the longboat on-course. When spirits were low, we could always rely on Jonathan Lowth, Aimee Kosovich, Georgia Leslie, Jacob Krause, Luke Birch, Josh Mackinley and Tyler Quigley, (TJ) to boost morale and make us smile and laugh.

There is a saying: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Each individual member of this Year 12 crew has made their own unique contribution to the educational experience of the whole.

Throughout this 5-year journey, Year 12 Vikings have taken on responsibilities and commitments for the good of all on the longship. You have proven yourselves to be resilient, determined and skilful.

You have gained knowledge, expertise and honed your craft and talents to ensure that your wildest dreams beyond this longship journey will come to fruition.

You have made life-long friends and have inspired all those who set forth to follow in your footsteps. I hope you have all been taking note, Year 10 and Year 11!

There is a big boat and very large helmets to fill.

Year 12 Vikings, you may now disembark the longship. This leg of your journey to Valhalla is completed. Take a moment to congratulate yourselves for the hard work you have just completed.

Your parents and teachers are proud of each and every one of you. It has been an honour and privilege to be a part of your journey and we wish you happiness and success as we launch you on your next adventure into the future.

So Vikings, prepare to reboard the longboat for the next voyage. Go forward to change and shape this wonderful world with your innovative ideas, tenacity and spirit. The world is waiting for you.

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone………." And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

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