Friday, 18 December 2015

Villiers Christmas Dinner 2015

Christmas Dinner 2015

As always, our Christmas Dinner was a moving and special occasion in the School Calendar. It’s a treasured ‘Villiers Family' event, there’s no better way to celebrate a sense of family than to eat together. Head Boy, Conor Ryan, with his usual poise, made a remarkable speech and captured the true spirit of Villiers, extracts of which are below:

"…I am in this school is because my dad wanted me to have the same experiences as he received. He wanted me to learn how to become a man of manner, confidence, maturity and most important of all, he wanted a son who knew how to cook some fine rashers!

He wanted me to be someone who will give their all going through life. He wanted me to be taught how to think, not what to think. And so going into first year I adopted the notion of giving everything 100%, which has become one of the best decisions I have ever made. This idea was reinforced one evening when Janet turned to me and said, “As with anything, you only get out of Villiers what you put into it.” I find this very true. And there is no doubt that there's a strong student-staff relationship which helps students make the most of their time here in Villiers…

…It's not often that you see a teacher who is an ex-Aussie prop forward take to the pool like a natural and play a game of bulldog against the whole rugby team, and still manages to win. He was just too quick on his feet and out paced us all. The fact is that we all get along with our teachers, something which is quite special nowadays…

…Going through Villiers has happened so quickly that you really have to cherish every day. Sometimes, you just have to stop, and take a second to really appreciate everything that is going on around you. Whether it is Mike and Dimitri fixing almost anything, or our newest member of staff, Sam the dog, bringing Ms.Storey for walks and keeping her on her toes. It was only yesterday when one member of the housekeeping staff came into Ms. Moriarty’s office with practically no voice and refused to go home because she needed to prep the dining hall for the Christmas Dinner. This just shows the dedication that is shown to Villiers School…

…It could be said that Villiers is more than the sum of its parts. Each and every one of us contributes something to make the wheel turn, and once we do, the system functions and collectively, we drive forward to achieve great things. In my time here, I've heard Villiers be compared to many things, such as a clock, a wheel and even chapters of a book. But I like to think of this school as a system of intricate gears, working collectively to drive Villiers on. The teeth on each gear are the members of the non-teaching staff, and what if those teeth are missing? The gear slips and the system breaks down…

…I am privileged to be the head boy standing in front of you with the opportunity to thank these important people in the Villiers family. But I am very conscious that I do so on behalf of all the Villiers students who are deeply appreciative of what each and everyone one of you do.

Now my English teacher always said I needed to include a quotation in a speech, so I’m going to leave you with one. “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
Tonight my job has been to put the student’s appreciation into words, and on that,
I'd like to wish everyone an early merry Christmas and best of luck to those of you doing exams next week.

Thank you."