De La Salle College

Mother’s Day Breakfast 2019 College Captain’s address

On Wednesday 8 May, De La Salle held our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. As is customary, the assembled group was addressed by the College Captain. Liam Jenkins’ speech touched on the importance of relationships, family, resilience, and of course, a mother’s love. 

Good morning fellow students, teachers and beloved mothers. It gives me great pleasure on this significant day on the college calendar to recognise the amazing efforts of the special women in our lives. 

There is one relationship that universally out scores, out ranks and outshines all other relationships – It’s the one between a mother and her child. 

This unmatched, unparalleled, unequalled bond is recognised, honoured and celebrated throughout the world.

So what is the driving force behind this powerful connection? It’s a mother.

A mother provides us with warm understanding, infinite patience, lasting forgiveness and unconditional love.

A mother fills many roles in our lives, some of which include:

  • Counsellor — She listens, provides advice and guidance, encouragement and she consoles.
  • Nurse — She looks after us when we are sick or injured and has the magical touch to heal all wounds both physical and emotional.
  • Tutor — She helps us with our homework – remember all the times she has helped you complete your assignment, which was due the next day.
  • Stylist — She has been known to provide some wacky fashion advice and questionable hairstyle but regardless, she is still a go-to source when needed.
  • Bodyguard — She protects us by keeping us safe and makes sure no harm comes to us.
  • Uber Driver — She drives us to and from social activities, sporting commitments and our part-time jobs. 
  • Events Co-ordinator — Christmas Day, Easter, Birthdays, Family BBQ’s etc are always well organised and well catered!

I still remain in awe of her connection with some notable figures, such as Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Mum always puts in good word for me and they consistently deliver – every year — without fail. Although, I understand that her contractual agreement with the Tooth Fairy has now concluded.

Throughout our life we will all encounter countless relationships, some of these relationships may deceive us or leave us when we rely on them most.  One thing is for sure a mother’s relationship with her child is everlasting  — bound by the affection, care and love shared between one another.

Our mothers have all sacrificed a great deal for our benefit, to give us the best possible opportunities to succeed in life.  The lengths that they go to, for fulfilling our needs, does not go unnoticed nor is it underestimated, it is truly appreciated by your sons and we are all very thankful for it.

A mothers’ bond with her children has many facets – one unique and very precious one is the relationship between a mother and her son. 

I would like to share with you a piece that I came across by an unknown source that paints a picture of a mother-son bond.

A Mother Is Her Son’s Home Base…

You are home to him. When he learns to walk, he will wobble a few feet away from you and then come back, then wobble away a little farther and then come back. When he tries something new he will look for your proud smile. When he learns to read he will repeat the same book to you twenty times in a row, because you’re the only one who will listen that many times. When he plays sport, he will search for your face in the stands. When he is sick he will call you. When he really messes up, he will call you. When he is grown and strong and tough and big and he feels like crying, he will come to you; because a man can cry in front of his mother without feeling self-conscious. Even when he grows up and has a new partner in his life and gets a new home, you are still his mother, home base, the ever constant, like the sun, know that in your heart and everything else will fall into place.


Your son, sitting beside you here today, is enormously grateful for the vital role you play in shaping him to become a responsible, respectable, and reliable young man, a young man who you can always count on.

So now, I propose we raise our glasses and toast our treasured mothers.

We thank you for all that do for us and wish you a very Happy Mothers Day. 

I love you Mum.

Liam Jenkins
College Captain 2019


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