Today is a sad day for Room 10...today we say goodbye to our classmate and friend, Aryan. Unfortunately, due to flights, he is leaving us 2.5 weeks before the end of the school year, to visit family in India for Christmas.
Over the year, Aryan has contributed to every aspect of our life at Berkley. In our class, he is someone who sees everything through a positive lens. Today we are feeling sad, and not wanting to say goodbye. For example, when Aryan was out of class this block, one of the girls suddenly said, "I don't want Aryan to leave." A sentiment echoed by the rest of us.
Each year, as teachers, we nominate students for a prestigious Principal's Award. These students are discussed (in staff meetings), and 16 are finally chosen for this honour, which are presented on our last day of school, at the final assembly.
This year, Aryan was chosen to receive a Principal's Award, and I hated the thought of him not being present to received it, so I spoke to Mr Leith, who agreed to present it to him yesterday in our school singing practice. I then arranged to sneak his parents in without him knowing.
The certificates include a citation written by the classroom teacher. Aryan's citation read:
You are a driven and focused student who excels in all areas of the curriculum. Your tenacity as a learner is especially evident in mathematics and science, where you have represented Berkley with success at the highest levels. Your passion for sharing your vast knowledge and skills with your peers, as you sensitively assist them, is appreciated. You have also shone in the performing arts and technology facets of school life.
Earlier in the year, after the desecration of our crosses, the Anzac Remembrance Trust gave me a special edition Anzac tie, which they asked us to present to the school's top academic at the end of the year. This was also presented to Aryan yesterday.
Farewell Aryan and thank you for your contribution to a wonderful year.