It is indeed an honour and privilege for me to have been elected as the head girl for the year 2020. The moment I was elected head girl I instantly started to make all these plans in my head. I had hoped to be the change this school needed. People always assume that change is bad,that something must be wrong to evoke the desire to change it. By my definition change symbolizes moving forward, accepting that nothing is perfect and that improvement is necessary for growth.
Star College is an exquisite learning institution that not only believes in academic excellence but also instilling morals and values into its learners. It is an institution that recognises every learner as a unique diamond that must be polished to sparkle with brilliance. Most importantly Star College isn’t afraid of taking a leap of faith and accepting change as it comes.
My high school journey has been full of change for better or worse. It has been a difficult ride, there were numerous amount of times where I wanted to give up but I have come to realise that hard work does truly payoff. Star has taught me that you will be faced with many challenges throughout life and you owe it no one but yourself to strive to do your best. Star College has developed me into a woman with integrity, bold in taking independent decisions and developing an acute sense of right and wrong; I shall always be thankful for it. I am a firm believer of the fact that as long as the beliefs, values and traditions would persist and continue to grow, the glory of our school shall withstand all odds.
The past four years have been full of opportunities, exposure, unforgettable experiences that have given me countless memories to look back upon and I will be forever grateful for that.
To my fellow learners,no matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. Have faith in yourself, stick to values, maintain your integrity, stand for what you think is right and be courageous to think different.
Nevertheless, the change begins with you. A wise man once said, “If you’re happy doing what you love, nobody can tell you, you’re not successful.” I urge you all to live by that and grab all the opportunities that come your way.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve a term as your head girl.
-Imtithaal Manuel Head girl of Star College Cape Town 2020