Deputy Head Boy - Ryan Beamish

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“Hi, my name is Ryan Beamish, and I am your Deputy Head Boy for 2016.

As I stand before you now as a year 13, it doesn’t feel that long ago, since I was sitting amongst you as a year 9. Time goes by faster than you think. Before you know it, you too will be in your final year of high school. Now ask yourselves this. When that time comes, what will you have accomplished? Which sports teams will you have played in, which academic goals will you have achieved, what opportunities will you have taken? Your high school years are said to be the best years of your life. So I am encouraging you all, to cherish your time here, and to not waste it. There are so many different sporting, cultural and academic opportunities on offer here at Raukura that are just waiting to be taken advantage of. If you get to year 13 and you look back at your time here, at all the great memories and journeys you’ve been on, and the only thing that comes to mind is the ringing of the lunchtime bell, it means you have wasted precious time and opportunities that you will never get back.

This year I challenge you all, to take risks. To try new things. To give everything you do 100%, so that even if you fail you can at least say you have no regrets. Because in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. So get out of your comfort zone, because what you plant now, you will harvest later. I shall leave you with a quote to finish. ‘A ship is safe in harbour. But that’s not what ships are for’. Meaning that we can be safe and comfortable at home, but the point of life is to experience adventure and live it to the fullest.”

Ryan Beamish, Deputy Head Prefect 2016