Sat 15th December
Johnty O'Brien - Normanton
2018 Head Boarder
Coming from a small rural school where there were roughly 100 students to a school so big that it needed three campuses was extremely daunting. Reflecting on my first day at TGS brings back the overwhelming nerves and fear felt at the time.
I remember being constantly reminded by my older sister, a Past Grammarian and former boarder, the quicker you make friends the easier it would be. Looking back, I could not agree more. Words could never describe how vital mateship was to me in my five years in boarding. These people quickly become your second family and help you through the tough times that your final years of schooling throw at you. They have contributed to the person I am today, and I feel extremely grateful to have shared such an amazing time of my life with them.
The most important piece of advice I would give to the current boarders is a famous quote used by Mr Wilson at any chance given to him, “Don’t count the days; make the days count.” I know at times this seems impossible, but cherish every moment of your short time here because, soon enough, you will be in our position, left wondering where the final years of your schooling life went.
I would like to say a massive thank you to my supportive family who have been with me every step of my schooling journey, from my first day of school in Year 1, to my last day of Year 12 where I walked out of the Centenary Gymnasium for the last time, including all of my schooling milestones in between. Thank you to my parents for giving me the amazing opportunity of being a boarder at TGS and so many others throughout my schooling life. For that I will be forever grateful.