Mr Bevis' Words Summer 5
High emotion at Year 11 Final Assembly, high kicks at the PTA Ball and Claires Court goes to the hustings.
A strangely quiet week.... as Years 7-9 bend their backs and their pens to exams and Year 10 get their papers back. The follow on period from exams is just as important as the exams themselves with pupils identifying areas of the syllabus they hadn’t really understood first time round, or reflecting on how effective their revision strategies or efforts may have been... or not.
One group within our community who can reflect on an excellent strategy and an enormous amount of hard work are the members of the PTA Ball Committee. Those of us that attended last Saturday, suitably disguised with traditional Venetian masks or various iterations of superheroes, had a wonderful time. With good food, good conversation and an invigorating band who could not have enjoyed themselves. To plan, prepare and then execute a fabulous evening for over 375 guests is not achieved in the blink of an eye - indeed they have already hit the ground running for next year. Anna, Gail, Felipe, Tina and Susannah - thank you so much.
Last Friday Year 11 said their formal goodbyes to each other and to Claires Court Senior Girls as they have now gone on study leave and GCSEs have started in earnest. By common assent it was the best Year 11 final day that we can remember. No silly pranks, no vandalism just a whole lot of good humoured activity with those that have worked most closely with them - and who can forget the fancy dress rounders match! They took on the responsibility for much of the organisation of the Final Assembly and it was a very moving occasion. They showed respect - for themselves, for their teachers, and for the school and I cannot praise them enough.
One of the highlights of the assembly was the opening remarks made by the Head Girl. Ellie gave testament to journey they have all been on, and her words epitomised the reasons she has been such a success in the role. The new Head Girl will be announced before half term and the final hustings are taking place on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Year 10 are engaging in a parallel general election to the one that is taking place nationally and we look forward to hearing their party manifestos next week.... and I shall avoid all claims of bias by declining the opportunity to comment any political party’s education proposals! I am hoping that the work we are doing in house meetings and school assembly will help our youngsters begin their engagement with the country’s democratic processes, as the voting record for young people under the age of 25 is pretty woeful.
Have a lovely weekend.
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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