Today was Dress as a Hero day and what a way to end a fabulous term. You are my heroes! I chose to wear a Subi School t-shirt covered in photos of our wonderful kids celebrating Everyone Belongs during Harmony Week, as well as a photo of our staff who make a difference every day. Here is an excerpt from my address to the children at today's Heroes assembly.
Who are heroes?
You might be thinking to yourself that you are not a hero and you might look in the mirror and you don’t think you see a hero, but heroes are everywhere. Heroes are every day kids. You might not wear a cape or underwear outside of your clothes, and that’s probably a good thing, but you can make a difference to the world.
Ordinary people like you and I can decide to be extraordinary. If you want to be awesome, treat people like they’re awesome.
It’s about strength. Not picking up a car type of strength, it’s about a different type of strength; strength of character, being kind, being there, showing love and compassion.
Who’s been a hero to you? It might be your parents, grandparents, friends, teachers.
You don’t need a cape, and you don’t need money. You just need to care. You have what’s inside of you and you have everything you need to make somebody’s day.
Some heroes go into a dangerous situation like firefighters and the police. There are the COVID-19 heroes; essential workers, doctors, nurses and teachers around the world.
Some heroes become a hero because they are at the right place at the right time and they do the right thing, for example, if they see an accident and they give first aid or ring an ambulance.
Then there are another group of heroes - our volunteers. They are reliable, they do stuff without asking and make great contributions like our Social Justice Group, Ministry of Sustainability, Student Representative Council, Peer Mediators, Our School Board, P&C, CLPs and our parents that volunteer and help at our school.
What can you do to be a hero?
Be kind, do the right thing and stand up for the right things. If someone is having a tough day, look out for them. Be there for others, say nice things, smile at people, show kindness, courage and love.
Heroes are found everywhere.
The world needs heroes - And that hero could be you!
Thank you everyone for an incredible 13 years at Subiaco Primary, collectively living up to our motto Our Best. We all proudly embrace our school creed – A school is not a building but a gathering of minds and hearts and place and friendly guidance and help.
I have been overwhelmed with thank you emails, flowers, cards and tokens of appreciation. I will treasure your heartfelt comments forever. Your generous donations will pay for new speakers to be installed in the upgraded under covered area, helping to continue the tradition of celebrating dance, music and having fun!
I look forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities of my new role as well as returning to Subiaco Primary at the end of my secondment. I know you will join with me in welcoming Beatrice Bouska, who will take up the principal position at Subiaco Primary for the start of next term, when I take up a secondment as a Collegiate Principal.
"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." Winnie the Pooh.
To see photos of Hero costumes click HERE.
Click HERE to view the Local Heroes Assembly, (password subiaco).