Founders' Day Speeches


Founders' Day speeches
Isaac Fatukasi – Head Boy
I remember my first day at Addey and Stanhope. I was about a foot shorter and scared to walk around the corner because of the older kids. During the years at this school I have been able to conquer my fears, face my obstacles and break apparent boundaries and this has led me all to talk to you today.
Talking to many young people these days, especially in areas like ours, has shown me that they all seem to lack belief. Instead of thinking to themselves that they can achieve anything they want to, they blame certain political and economic reasons for why they can’t achieve. Negative attitudes won’t get you anywhere; holding yourself back to certain limits will keep you oppressed.
We are lucky that we are all being educated in a school as great as ours; our school gives us the opportunity to achieve to the highest standard. We should acknowledge more the hard work teachers do in trying to help us get those grades and reach our goals.
This school has given me an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. The traditions, the values and memories are some that I can keep for life.
Year Ten students: I have a particular message for you. This time last year, I had just got the results of my January exams. I was quite shocked and disappointed at my grades- they were not bad, but I knew the kind of student I was and the kind of grades I should be getting, and they weren’t good enough for me. It was a massive wake up call. After that I knuckled down, worked very hard and in the summer got very good results.  This time last year, I admit that I was quite arrogant. I thought I could turn up with last minute revision and get an A*. I found out it doesn’t work like that. Life doesn’t work on a last minute basis. You may think you are the king of the hill now, but ten years down the line the guy or girl you are calling too hardworking or a geek will be the leader of tomorrow.
You may be facing a little hiccup in your education. Face your fear of what is ahead and jump over those hurdles – but also, acknowledge the great education and the opportunity Addey and Stanhope has given you.
Tazmin Miah – Head Girl
Being successful is more of a journey, not a destination. The greatest journeys in our lives start off with small steps, and the journey of my life began through the gateways of Addey and Stanhope five years ago. Looking back, I realise that what matters most is not years but days, for it speaks of how my time was spent here. I am proud to say I am from a school in Deptford known as Addey and Stanhope which has allowed me to flourish as a student and has provided me not only with education but with special memories which will last a lifetime.
Success is possible, however you have to decide for yourself whether you’re willing to work hard or not. It’s up to you to understand the value of education and realise that Addey and Stanhope is here for our success. If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed up - what he needs is education to turn him around. It’s as if we are drivers in a car taking us down the road of success. We have a steering wheel to choose the direction in which we aim to go, seatbelts to prevent us from crashing our career, side mirrors to see the reflection of what we have left behind and a gear to allow us to move forward in slow but steady stages.
School Camp Reading - Maame Atuah, Deputy Head Girl and Chukwuebuka Ezeugwa, Deputy Head Boy
It is sixty years since we were given the land that we use for school camp.
Many of you have already been to school camp and those of you in Year 7 will soon get the opportunity to go. Anyone who goes to school camp will have their own special memories of their time there. Personally, I will always remember our trips during the camp period to the sea side where we’d be able to swim in the sea, sit on the sand and spend all our money on the most ridiculous things. It’s these memories that make me glad I went to camp because they are the type of memories I hope to keep with me for the rest of my life.
In Years 7,8 and 9 this was the highlight of the school year. Yes, the toilets may be smelly and you might get a few spiders here and there, but at camp you make friends with teachers that you would never expect to. The bond you have with your friends becomes stronger.
Camp was when my relationships strengthened and my friends became my best friends. Camp was where it didn’t matter what you looked like or what you wore. it only mattered that you had fun and you enjoyed yourself. Camp was one of the most exciting parts of my life and I will always remember it when I think of this school.
I have to admit that while I was down there I didn’t really give much thought to how we came to own the land or the fact that I was one in a long line of students who have experienced school camp.
The land belonged to Mr Wilkins, who taught Art at Addeys before World War One. He would have taught the pupils who first moved into the building in 1900. In the 1920s he retired and he and his sister moved to Beckley, near Rye, in Sussex. The house they lived in was in the woodlands near the village. Before the Second World War, Mr Wilkins began to allow small groups of older pupils to camp in his woodland.
After the Second World War, camping resumed, the only difference being that by this time, Mr Wilkins had given part of the woodlands to the Governors of the school. It began to develop that the senior students would go down to Sussex to earn money for their families by doing seasonal fruit picking.
Mr Wilkins died in 1952 and left the remainder of the woodlands, with his house and one of the fields, to the school. From this point a little bit of Addey and Stanhope would always be in Sussex.