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Mr Bevis' Words Summer 4

Wise words on exams, from Khalil Gibran and a special day for Year 11

Today is quite a special day. It is a day when we celebrate the final day when Year 11 will be together as a group of pupils. From Monday they are on study leave and be in and out of school to undertake final revision with teachers and sitting their exams, but rarely all together. We think it is important that we celebrate all that our most senior pupils have given to us, and how we have all worked together, teachers and pupils, in a common endeavour.

But more of that later..

Year 10 have concluded their examinations and now await the return of papers with marks and feedback. Parents will get a chance to see their daughter’s exam scripts and please see this as an opportunity to congratulate them on their progress, but be aware that teachers will already have been helping them reflecting on strengths and weaknesses and to see where they can improve.

Year 7-9 start their summer exams on Tuesday and we ask that you support them by ensuring they are in on time,  are fully equipped, and are well fed and rested (sorry not meant to teach you how to suck eggs)! As you will know education research indicates that last minute ‘beasting’ of revision is not effective and only raises fatigue and sometimes anxiety - so please do not be tempted.

Given the time of year there is not a huge amount else going on within school just at the moment - well unless you count preparations for athletics trials, the year 7-9 production, geography quiz competition, DofE expeditions............ so yes we are still bubbling away.

The last day before study leave is a special time for Year 11. Pupils, tutors and senior staff have worked hard and in collaboration with each other, to create a day with time to look back, to reminisce and to enjoy each other’s company. The day culminates in a Final Assembly, in the company of parents and the pupil body, when we present all Year 11s with a token to remember us by. Provided by our PTA, it is a silver heart necklace which symbolises the love and affection in which they have always been regarded, and the strong relationships between themselves.

It is also a time to look forward and to wish them well for the future. In doing so we included some words from Kahlil Gibran, from his work ‘The Prophet’:

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.


It reminds us that young people are not made in the image of their parents or their teachers, that their individuality, already strong, will only increase and flourish. We are proud of them.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth........

Khalil Gibran

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