I was looking forward to going along, but I don't think I realised how emotional I would feel to be there. The last time I was at the school for something like that was for Aaron's memorial service. I just felt so sad that Aaron wasn't at school where he really loved to be, and was even sad that the grade sevens never got to meet him.
At the end of the assembly two students got up to tell the school that a plaque had been put up, which is why Kobe and I were attending the assembly that day. This is what they said:
"Mr King was a legend of Kings Meadows High School and he has been sadly missed. This year and all of the years to come will not be the same without him. But he will be glad to know that everything he taught us, is helping us to cope and grow as students and people.
We would like to thank Mr King’s wife, Lisa and son, Kobe for being with us today to acknowledge just how important Kingy was to all of us.
The main reason we are up here today is to make everyone aware that a memorial plaque has been placed on the back wall below the scoreboard, to honour the contribution Kingy made to Kings Meadows High School. This spot was chosen because most of us would remember him for his love of sports.
I’m sure Kingy would’ve loved us to have named the gym after him but unfortunately the naming rights have already been taken by L.A. Bonser.
We hope that every time you see the plaque on the wall you are able to think of a great memory that you have of Mr King and are able to smile, because that is what he would’ve wanted".
Aaron would have been the grade nine Grade Leader this year, so they decided to have a 'Kingy Cup' in memory of him, where each grade nine class were able to compete in different challenges throughout the term. The cup looked beautiful and I'm sure Aaron would've been very impressed with it, as it looked almost like the AFL Premiership Cup - just a smaller version :)
After the whole school assembly the grade nines stayed back so that Kobe and I could present the cup to the winning class. This term Kobe and I awarded the Kingy Cup to 9A.