Wellesley ‘s Centennial Hall was shrouded in secrecy this afternoon as over 300 boys sat quietly, in anticipation of a ‘special Assembly ‘, in honour of one of Wellesley’s longest standing teachers, Mr Steve Girvan (“Mr. G”), and his wife Sharon.
Mr. Pitman opened with “No, boys, Mr. G was not two years old when he first started at Wellesley!” prompting giggles from the bleachers and setting the tone for a lovely ceremony.
First up was the” Bay Boys Choir”, kicking off the celebrations with a wonderful tune called “Glorious”, by Stephanie Mabey, and directed by Carolyn Currington.
Geof Shirtlcliffe, Chair of the Board of Trustees followed with a few anecdotes about Mr. G, before presenting him with a ‘proper’ rugby Jersey (Hurricanes) to help him “broaden his rugby knowledge and horizons”.
Malachy took the pulpit and followed with a cheeky and inspirational speech about how Mr. G made it fun to learn and how he helped open his mind. He thanked Mr. G on behalf of all the school and from the “middle of his heart”.
Mr. Blandford, in turn, offered a few words of wisdom: Having started at Wellesley on the same day, back in 1984, he said that Mr G. had always been at the heart of Wellesley. He calculated that Mr. G had roughly impacted on the lives of 3000 boys throughout his 35 years and that, during this time, he has been the ‘glue’ that has kept the staff together, and, with his wife Sharon, had always looked after the ‘gappers’, welcoming them into their home.
Mr. Pitman then presented a special gift to Mr. G: Two framed works consisting of a “Wordle” and of the corresponding sentences that each Senior boy had written about what Mr. G meant to them.