The matrics of Hermanus High School had their valedictory assembly in the main hall on Friday 11 October. The morning started with an academic prizegiving and was followed by a tea with the learners and their parents in the school’s gymnasium.
At 11:00, everyone returned to the main hall for the valedictory ceremony. After speeches by the new head boy and girl for 2020, the school’s principal, Mr Greg Hassenkamp, took to the podium to give his final words to the matric class of 2019.
His speech was passionate and his voice broke with emotion in some places as he spoke about his pride in the matrics and in the school. Hassenkamp mentioned some of their achievements from earlier in the year and how ‘Hermie Magic’ had played such a big role across all school activities and events.
Wishing the matrics good luck for their final exams, Hassenkamp left them with a parting quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us’.
After the learners had given their principal a standing ovation, the head boy and girl for 2019 and their deputies made their way to the podium. The four learners wished their peers all the best for their final exams and encouraged them to work hard. The head girl, Mari Carstens, also reminded the younger grades that the Hermie Magic would not leave with them, and told them to keep the magic alive in the years to come.
A slideshow presentation of photographs of the grade 12s and all the year’s events and activities marked the end of the ceremony. All that remained was for the matrics to gather on stage and sing their school song one final time as learners of the school. They then made their way out of the hall and each matric rang a bell and received alumni scarves (for the girls) and ties (for the boys) before passing through an honour guard made up of younger learners. From there it was off to Bientang’s Cave to jump into the ocean in their uniform from the rock known as ‘Piet se Klip’ – the traditional way for every Hermie matric to end their school days.
It was an emotional and memorable day for learners, parents and teachers. We wish all the matrics the best of luck for their final exams.