The last breakfast

Published on November 7th, 2011
The last breakfast

Sarah shares her experience of the last matric breakfast with us…

“Excuse me, I think I might have a little cry.” Those were the words spoken by our Grade Tutor when she went up on stage to say her “final speech” in front of the matrics at our long-awaited matric breakfast.

The atmosphere was joyful and cheery. There were big glass bowls of fruit on every table, and rows of oven-roasted croissants sprinkled with cinnamon. Balloons floated and confetti streamed across the room, as 250 matrics proudly wearing their specially designed matric jackets, looked up at the little old lady who had mentored them for 5 years.

Deep down I think we all thought we might have a “little cry.” This was the moment we’d been waiting for since we walked through the gates in Grade 8. But none of us realised it would come this soon.

The matric breakfast has always been a tradition at our school. It’s the morning after the valediction, when the matrics are presented with a few farewell speeches, some embarrassing photo presentations from throughout their years at high school, and – the part we all look forward to the most – a breakfast prepared by the teachers themselves. It was definitely a morning to remember, and it would be the last time we were all together as a group (except for when we all sit in the hall and write our finals… but that doesn’t count!)

Our male grade tutor, who also gave some of us the shivers whenever he walked by, but played a huge role in helping us grow into the people we are today, read us a poem by Dr Seuss. It really made an impression on us all. It’s called “Oh the places you’ll go”.

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

You can find the rest of it here:

I recommend it to anyone who needs some inspiration or motivation… or even just a little laugh!