The sun had been booked, the costumes hired, and the mood was that peculiarly subtle blend of anticipation mixed with sadness, nostalgia and excitement. It meant only one thing – 27 May had arrived, the final day that the Year 13s would be students. As ever the costumes were an eclectic range spanning the full gamut of possibilities: a nun shared the room with Beelzebub, Batman united with Shaun (of the Dead); there were petals and pirates, pilots and pixies, pool tables, and even some scissors, paper and a stone. Emotions were expressed, and Godfathers blessed, amongst many others.
The main celebrations commenced in the Final Assembly, with Head of Sixth Form Mr Keshavarz guiding the leavers through the highlights of their edifying educational journey aided by images from throughout their school career, pausing occasionally to dwell on what the future might hold for them all, as indicated by the mystical powers of astrology. There was even time between the tears and laughter to premier a hard-hitting, award winning news report from an ecologically destroyed country from our highly creative students, with special thanks to Matthew Bilverstone, Alex Thurgar, and James Lavall. Proceedings were brought to a conclusion with a quiz for staff and students revealing several hidden truths and further predictions, before the traditional Year 13 fancy dress rounders match got underway, officiated by Mrs McConnell.
For the rest of the afternoon the students feasted and gorged on a BBQ facilitated by Mr Keshavarz. Many staff and tutors were able to join the students, swapping memories from the past seven years, sharing in a fitting celebration of independence day for this well-loved set of students. We wish them all every success in the future, and we look forward to finding out about their continued accomplishments in years to come.