Centenary Church Service Address- Pasifika Voice.

On this day, our Epsom Girls Centenary, we give thanks to you O God
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

(Sing) Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God 

We are thankful for our Brown Skin.
Descended from voyagers, we are our grandmother’s tears and the vasa our mothers crossed to come here
We are Pasifika, European, Asian and Aotearoa shades of Brown skin- With Hair- Mean Maori Mean, Tongan thick, Fijian frizzy, Samoan straightened, Cook Island curved and Niuean netted. Frangipani fresh off the  boats from North, East, West and South Auckland… To come here.

We are Brave.
Long hours of polyfest practices,
Winter mornings of netball, tennis, soccer and rugby
Epic Year 12 vs Year 13 Dragon boat battles
Friday night premier basketball

Yes we are Brave, I mean how can we forget our famous summer school culottes?

Form 3 to 7 now blended into years 9-13 book and digital citizenship
Gatekeepers of our religion, culture and aiga,
Part of this 2000+ strong we belonged
And Brave individuals too we are

We are Bold
Hauling heavy bags in year 9, to holding bouquets for our Epsom sisters’ weddings and hands when losing loved ones

Forget the glass slippers darlin’
We Epsom Girls be about breaking glass ceilings

From Helen Clarke’s persuasion to build a nation, Pilots, Principals and Pastors
To Doctors, Lawyers, International Athletes, Educators, Architects, Police Officers,
From young mums turned CEO’s, Community leaders, Creative artisans
To Kaitiaki of knowledge  bold enough to tell stories through film and stage that no one else would,

As you get on your grind, we accept your shine
Amen Beyonce, these boss as Epsom babes really do run the world

On this day, our Epsom Girls Centenary, we give thanks for the passionate teachers who taught us to think, to create, to dare to dream

On this day we give thanks for the va, the space, the opportunities Epsom Girls Grammar provided

For the laughter
For the  lessons
For the lifetime usos

The real life Moanas

All of them Brave.
All of them Bold.
All of them Beautiful.

Here’s to the next 100 years of Phenomenal Women.
Epsom Girls Grammar, Phenomenally.

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