That was the fifth half term out of six – the speed at which we go through academic years is incredible! It really does only seem like yesterday that year 7 were sitting in the hall in their first assembly and now looking at them as they move around school it is as if they have been here for years.
The last week before Whitsun is always tinged with sadness as, for many of our pupils, it is the last week of formal teaching. It is a shame that the examination boards now feel that it is appropriate to bring forward the exams as pupils in years 11-13 have been sitting external papers for a few weeks now. It used to be the case that exams would start around Whitsun time meaning that pupils could spend the half term preparing and, also have time to celebrate the last few lessons together as a year group. Let’s hope the powers-that-be see sense and move exams back in future years.
Even with the pressure of examinations, we have still managed to ensure that our pupils in years 11 and 13 have had celebration assemblies as a way of commemorating the end of such an important phase of their education. The assemblies are always packed with fun as there are so many stories to tell and of course, there is also the more sombre aspect of the realisation that this will be the last time they will be together as a complete year group.
I am so pleased that we are able to ensure that our pupils are still able to experience some of the ‘nicer’ aspects of life in school, even during a completely frantic examination period. The response from our year 11 and 13 pupils over the past few months has been outstanding and they deserve to be congratulated for this. If their positive attitude is anything to go by, then they should be looking forward to the results days in August.
The photo of the week shows some of our year 11 pupils in their celebration assembly and it sums up just how positive this was.
I hope you have a restful Whitsun break and look forward to seeing all pupils back in school on Monday 4th June.