The following piece is part of a five-week series on speeches given by Holy Trinity sixth graders at their Moving Up Ceremony. Read as our students look back at their experiences and memories at the Lower School and look ahead to new opportunities at the Upper School.
By Sammy Chaffiot, Rising Seventh Grader
Over the years at Holy Trinity, I have had some exciting experiences! I started at Holy Trinity when I was in just Pre-K, so I am what we refer to as a “lifer.” It seems like I went from Pre-K to sixth grade in just a week or two. I will never forget HT because of the awesome teachers and friends that I have made throughout the years. I am excited to Move Up from the Lower School because I know that my years at the Upper School will be just as great! I am also sad because there are so many great things about the Lower School that I will miss, like having P.E. every day, fun chapel services and getting ice cream on Thursdays. The makerspace and 3-D printer in the library, band, art class and playing sports are all great memories I will never forget!
It all started on my first day of preschool when my mom dropped me off. When I walked into the classroom I was nicely greeted by Mrs. Bentz and Mrs. Whitaker. As soon as I stepped into the classroom I knew that I was meant to be there. One memory I will always remember is that we got to have recess twice a day for 30 minutes. Another memory was going to the old historical chapel.
In Kindergarten I was pretty nervous, but I had an amazing teacher, Mrs. Novak. Our class was called the Fireflies, and one of my favorite kindergarten memories was Mrs. Novak playing her guitar. We would count the days of the year on the whiteboard. I had many friends in Kindergarten that I still hang out with today.
Then just like that I was starting my first grade year with Mrs. Stephenson. We called ourselves Camp Hiho! We had a great year in first grade because we got to do lots of fun projects and field trips. One of the field trips that I was really looking forward to was when we got to go on a farm which was a blast. I milked a cow for the first time!
Second grade was my best year ever! Mrs. Sirois was always in a happy cheerful mood. She made learning really fun, and it just seemed like we really had the same personalities. She was pretty funny, and we laughed a lot!
In third grade I had Mrs. White for my homeroom teacher. We went to Epcot for a class trip and got to learn about plants and the hydroponic system. Another memory about what I loved about third grade is when we had a good day, Mrs. White would let us play candy baseball at the end of the day.
Fourth grade had a lot of excitement and fun. First off, we could either go to the field for recess and play kickball or go to the playground to climb on the equipment or play basketball. One memory about something that made some people laugh and some not, was when Mr. Gomez gave us laps if we were talking too much or not raising our hands. My homeroom teacher Mr. Parker loved to make us write a lot of notes, and he would joke around with us a lot. That year Mr. Parker got the Air Force “Teacher of the Year” award!
I loved fifth grade for many reasons. I had a great teacher, Mrs. Cotton, who loved to see everyone give 110%. Mrs. Cotton is very nice and passionate about what she does. One of my favorite memories about fifth grade is when we got to go on the Pathfinders’ field trip. We all had a great time climbing trees, building forts and sleeping in cool cabins. We enjoyed reading the book Bound for Oregon. When we finished reading it, we got to build our own wagon to travel around the school like going on the Oregon Trail. The best part was having the ice cream party.
Now I am about to graduate from sixth grade. There have been so many great things about sixth grade that it’s hard to know where to begin. To start, we went on an amazing field trip to the springs in Orlando where we canoed and saw fish, turtles, birds, water bugs and alligators. Character Carnival is another great time. Playing sports at the Lower School has been awesome, too!
It has been a long journey through my years at Holy Trinity Lower School. I am excited to go to the Upper School but sad to leave the Lower School. I can’t thank all my teachers in every single class enough. I have been taught so many different lessons by all of them, including my art, music, computer, band and P.E. teachers. There are so many great things about my teachers. Through the hard times and good times, they have been there for me in everything I do. I want to take this opportunity to say, “thank you, HT!”