The 2018-2019 school year has passed us by and once again, it has undoubtedly been an outstanding year for the Ellis boys. As dozens of new students, eagerly, yet hesitantly, stepped into the house, and we returning students adapted to our new loving and compassionate House Parent, Mr Wismer, and approachable Assistant House Parent, Mr Barrett, we embarked on a new year. Once classes began and everyone settled in, we quickly grew from a group of 63 strangers from completely different backgrounds into a family. Witnessing the boys warmly welcoming each other to their new home and quickly forging strong, lifelong bonds has been an incredible experience.
We are fortunate to have such hardworking and devoted duty staff, who make Ellis a truly amazing environment. On Monday nights, we are blessed with Mr. Cowie: his humorous jokes and legendary mustache give us a smooth and serene start to the week. On Tuesday nights we are enriched with Mr Skardal’s quirky presence, his vocabulary is as sizeable as his heart, yet not as large as his forehead. On Wednesday nights, we had the honour to welcome back Mr Sullivan with his benevolent personality and exceptional advice. On Thursdays, Mr Luna roams the hallways with his soothing voice and extensive knowledge. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, we are graced with Mr Wismer’s, Mr Barrett’s, and Mr Rodrigues’ love and affection for us all.
As the school year comes to an end, the Grade 12s are forced to disembark this ship we have sailed on so happily. Although some of us are ready to commence a new voyage in our lives, we are still reluctant to say goodbye. We have been in Ellis for 2-4 years of our life, but Ellis and the boys in the House have allowed us to do much more than just pass the time; the memories we share and the friendships we built will last an eternity.
I offer this to all the Ellis boys: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” - Winnie the Pooh
Sebastian Miranda, House Captain, 19