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Speeches at Founder's Day 2014: Guest Speaker

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Slide 1                 tv pattern                                       Welcome to 1974

YES   MAN HAD WALKED ON THE MOON  - WE ALL LISTENED TO THE LANDING AT SCHOOL OVER THE INTERCOM SYSTEM VIA A RADIO TRANSMISSION          NO TV TO SEE THIS EVENT HAPPENING        TODAY  WE ARE ABLE TO TRAVEL IN SPACE    - THE FORTUNATE MAN  IS  MARK SHUTTLEWORTH

GOOD MORNING TO EVERYONE

MRS WOODS, STAFF, GUESTS, PUPILS AND RIEBEEK OLD GIRLS IT IS AN HONOUR TO BE INVITED TO SPEAK TO THIS GATHERING OF LADIES AND GENTLEMEN TO CELEBRATE OUR SCHOOL

A SPECIAL WELCOME TO ALL THE GIRLS WHO ARE HERE TODAY WHETHER YOU ARE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR 1 YEAR, 5 YRS OR 50YRS – RIEBEEK COLLEGE WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL CORNER IN OUR HEARTS

MY NAME IS LYNNE    AND       I AM PROUDLY  FROM THE CLASS OF 1974   Slide of matric dance talk    

LETS GO BACK TO 1974 -  40 YRS AGO I WAS PRIVILEGED TO STAND ON THIS STAGE IN FRONT OFTHE GRADE 11 AND 12 PUPILS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND ADDRESS THEM.  THIS WAS THE MATRIC FARWELL DANCE.  MY SPEECH THAT NIGHT WAS LIKE THIS        WORDS WORDSA WORDS      DO NOT WORRY WITH ALL THE MODERN TECHNOLOGY OF TODAY  YOU ARE WATCHING  MY SPEECH     MEMORY STICK  WITH IMAGES  TO MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING   -  WHAT GREAT MEMORIES WERE CREATED.  WE ALL HAD  TO WEAR LONG WHITE  DRESSES WITH SLITS THT ONLY WENT TO THE KNEE   AND WE  WALKED  A RED CARPET TO BE PRESENTED TO THE MAYOR OF UITENHAGE. PHOTO OF MATRIC DANCE THIS WAS NEAR THE END OF OUR SCHOOL YEARS TOGETHER.

 PHOTO OF LAST DAY AT SCHOOL

WE SPENT THE NIGHT TOGETHER AND TRAVELLED TO SCHOOL ON THE MILK TRUCK

WE WOULD SOON BE WRITING OUR FINAL EXAMINATIONS AND SOME HAD ALREADY DECIDED ON THEIR FUTURE CAREERS

LET ME SHOW HOW THE CLASS OF 74 BEGAN

PHOTO OF CLASS  IN COLLEGE HILL

A FEW MEMORIES OF THE CLASS   PHOTO OF CONCERT

 WE  GREAT  TIMES AT SCHOOL         PHOTO, SWIMMING GALA, WATCHING HOCKEY MATCH ON A TOUR TO KAFFARIAN GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL

CHEER LEADERS FOR ELIZABETH HOUSE AT THE SWIMMING GALA,  A TENNIS TEAM

THE CLASS OF 74  IN 1971     WE HAD CHANGED QUITE A BIT BY NOW   THE HAIR STYLES WERE DIFFERENT AND WE HAD LOST THE BOYS   - do not worry we get them back later

PHOTO OF TWINS    WE WERE PRIVILEDGED TO HAVE 3 SETS OF TWINS IN OUR CLASS.  ALTHOUGH THEY DID NOT ALL FINISH UP TOGETHER  IN 1974   The Vermaak’s became famous tennis players after leaving Riebeek at the end of std 7    Lesley and Louis are here today to celebrate with us

WE WERE INVOLVED IN MANY ACTIVITIES   DRAMA – WE WENT AS A GROUP TO THE OPERA HOUSE TO SEE   SHAKESPEAR’S PLAYS  AS THESE WERE OUR SETWORK BOOKS.   THIS WAS ALWAYS AN EXCITING OUTING.   SPORT      LINKY BOSHOFF  REPRESENTED  SA AT WIMBLEDON IN 1974  AND BEVERLEY ECKLEY REPRESENTED OUR EASTERN  PROVINCE AT HOCKEY.  ACADEMIC    MANY OF US WROTE AN EXAMINATION CALLED    “DIE TAALBOND” AN INDEPENDENT LANGUAGE EXAM  AND ALSO THE MATHS OLYMPIAD AND WE WERE ALL SUCCESSFUL.  WE WENT TO THE SCIENCE FESTIVAL IN GRAHAMSTOWN WHICH WAS MUCH FUN BUT ALSO A LOT OF LEARNING AND SHARING.  HELEN MARTIN , JENNY MEYER AND MYSELF MADE IT ONTO THE BROCHURE OF THE FESTIVAL   WE ALSO DID CHARTY DRIVES  - ONE YEAR WE KNITTED SQUARES AND MADE UP BLANKETS  - I CANNOT REMEMBER HOW MANY WE DID IN TOTAL  BUT REMEMBER THAT THE GRADE 9 CLASS MADE 11 BY THEMSELVES

SOME OF THE PUPILS IN THE PHOTO FROM COLLEGE HILL  ARE STILL IN THE PHOTO 12 YEARS LATER

PHOTO OF CLASS OF 74

WHAT WAS HAPPENING  IN 1974 - 

WE DID NOT HAVE      CELL PHONES, CD, DVD, COMPUTER, I PAD, TABLETS, 3D MOVIES

BUT         WE DID HAVE THE DRIVE IN, MUSIC CASSETTES, CINEMA,

AND THIS IS THE YEAR  YOUR SWIMMING POOL WAS STARTED    AND WE NEVER GOT TO SWIM IN IT         POOL

WHERE DID WE GO TO FOR DELICOUS FOOD PHOTO OF WIMPY     WE ONLY HAD THE WIMPY TO GO TO FOR OUR CHOCOLATE SUNDAE

NOW WE HAVE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM    DEBONAIRS, MUGG & BEAN, STEARS TO NAME A FEW  

PHOTO BEETLE     CAR OF YEAR 1974   please remember her as you will see what happens

AFTER WE HAD WRITTEN OUR FINAL EXAM  WE HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE FOR OUR CAREER -OUR CHOICES WERE A BIT LIMITED     PHOTO NURSE DOCTOR  YOU COULD BECOME A NURSE, TEACHER, BANK CLERK  AND NOT MUCH ELSE.  THE BOYS GENERALLY BECOME THE DOCTORS AND THE GIRLS THE NURSES.      AFTER GRADUATION WE COULD BEGIN OUR CAREERS.   WE WOULD THEN GO ON TO CHOOSE OUR HUSBANDS

I THINK THE BIGGEST CAREER THAT A WOMAN HAS IS TO MANAGE THE FAMILY-  YOU HAVE TO EDUCATE THE CHILDREN,  MANAGE THE HOUSEHOLD , GO TO WORK EACH DAY, AND KEEP  EVERYONE  HAPPY AND ORGANISED    PHOTO LINKY  AND SOME OF THEM WERE MUIR BOYS   PHOTO MUIR CLASS OUR BROTHER SCHOOL

OUR CHILDREN GREW UP AND WENT TO SCHOOL  - SOME ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ATTEND RIEBEEK COLLEGE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THEIR MOMS – WHAT A PRIVILEGE.

TO-DAY  THE GRADE 12 PUPILS HAVE A HUGE SELECTION TO CHOOSE FROM     PHOTO OF CAREERS 

PHOTO  SPORTSWOMAN, RADIOGRAPHER, PHARMACIST

THESE ARE BUT A FEW - YOU COULD GO TO UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, TECHNIKON AND STUDY LIKE MAD AND YOU WOULD GRADUATE PHOTO GRADUATION  WHEN YOU ARE CHOOSING YOUR CAREER  DO NOT THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO BE A DOCTOR OR SCIENTIST TO BE SUCCESSFUL  - THINK OF YOUR OWN TALENTS AND INTERESTS AND CHOOSE ALONG THAT PATH AND YOU WILL ENJOY YOUR LIFE.   THERE IS AN AMAZING FUTURE WAITING FOR EACH MATRIC PUPIL

WHEN YOU ARE AT SCHOOL YOU DO NOT REALISE HOW EACH AND EVERY PERSON YOU MEET WITH HAS AN EFFECT ON YOUR LIFE.  WHETHER IT BE ON THE SPORT FIELD, CLASSROOM, LIBRARY OR IN THE CORRIDOR.

YOUR TEACHERS AND CLASSMATES ALL CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCE.   AT 40 YEARS WE NOW HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE BUT NOT YET TOTALLY QUALIFIED AS THERE IS STILL A LOT OF LEARNING TO DO AS LIFE IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING. WE ARE CHALLENGED EVERYDAY TO GROW AND LEARN NEW IDEAS            LETS TAKE THE CELL PHONE

PHOTO OF CELL PHONE    OLD AND NEW     LOOK AT HOW THE CELL PHONE HAS CHANGED

EVEN OUR USE OF WORDS HAS CHANGED     I HAVE HAD TO LEARN WORDS LIKE

SMS     MSG    LIKE   LOL   ROTFL    WHATSAP     TWITTER    AND THE NEWEST   IS   SELFIE

I AM A RADIOGRAPHER AND THIS IS MY SELFIE          PHOTO OF SELFIE     

REMEMBER THE BEETLE BACK THEN   SEE HOW IT HAS EVOLVED   PHOTO OF CAR   BEETLE IT IS NO LONGER THE MODEL OF THE YEAR

NOW THE MODEL OF THE YEAR IS        A   HUMMER OR  A MASERATI   OR THE BIGGEST 4X4 YOU CAN FIND               ENOUGH OF MEMORIES LETS GET TO THE  TEACHERS

TEACHERS PHOTO 1972

TO THE TEACHERS OF 1974   Mesdames Hutton, Chapman, Rump, Swart, Watts, Brockett, , Springer, Crane, Black, Woods, Kotze, Newman, OLIVIER AND EHLERS       I THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE CLASS FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR US AND GIVING US AN EXCELLENT GROUNDING FOR A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE IN OUR CAREERS AND OUR FAMILIES.

MRS WOODS  YOUR SUPPORT AND TRAINING  FOR THE  HOCKEY TEAMS   WAS FANTASTIC

MRS WATTS   I HOPE I HAVE MADE YOU PROUD TODAY

I MUST  , HOWEVER, SAY SORRY TO MRS SWART         I STILL CANT BAKE SCONES 

PHOTO OF CLASS OF 1974 NOW

TO THE CLASS OF 74     I  THANK EACH AND EVERYONE FOR JUST WHO YOU WERE  AND CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR SUCCESSES AND FRIENDSHIP TO EACH OTHER.  FACEBOOK HAS MADE IT EXTREMELY EASY AND EXCITING TO CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS.   WE HAVE ALL INFLUENCED OR TOUCHED SOMEONE IN OUR 40 YEARS AFTER SCHOOL, ALTHOUGH YOU DONT REALISE IT AT THE TIME, YOU HAVE SUPPORTED EACH OTHER AT SCHOOL – WE FACED CHALLENGES TOGETHER AND THIS WAS PART OF GROOMING US AND FORMING OUR CHARACTERS.

I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE EVERY PERSON HERE TO DAY WHETHER YOU ARE GRADE 4, 12 OR 40 YRS OLD TO ACCEPT EVERY OPPORTUNITY, OR CHALLENGE YOU ARE GIVEN, GIVE YOUR BEST AND LEARN AND GROW FROM IT.  WHETHER YOU HELP A FRIEND ,  OR YOU ARE GOING TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST DAY OF A NEW YEAR,    BE POSITIVE, BE KIND, BE ENCOURAGING TO ALL AND YOU WILL HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE OF SOMEONE’S LIFE.   A SMILE IS THE MOST AMAZING FEATURE IN YOUR WHOLE BODY AND USES A NUMBER OF  MUSCLES AND NERVES TO CREATE IT  BUT CAN CAUSE  THE BIGGEST WARMEST  FEELING IN ANOTHER PERSON

TO THE GRADE 12  CLASS OF TODAY   GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR, CHOOSE YOUR CAREERS WISELY, FACE THE CHALLENGES AND STEP FORWARD INTO AN AMAZING FUTURE  -  THERE IS LOTS TO EXPLORE

 

THANK YOU ALL AND MAY THE YEAR AHEAD TO OUR NEXT REUNION BE A BLESSED ONE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 June 03, 2014
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