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Mrs Rogers' words summer week 6

‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard!’

AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and friends have shared profoundly deep thoughts in the simplest of ways for decades and today, I was reminded of this one. Year 13s have now reached the end of their subject specifications, written their last sentences, and shut their folders, textbooks and Chromebooks for the last time as they complete their studies as Sixth Form students. I remember warning them how quickly this part of their lives would fly by on Registration Day in September 2019. They smiled politely at me but I knew they didn’t believe me - well, not until today, anyway! Now they too recognise how fortunate they have been to share one of the most challenging periods in education, and probably their lives, with loyal and supportive friends and dedicated and resourceful teachers. What a couple of years it has been with the presence of the pandemic as a backdrop to their A level and BTEC study. And how resilient, calm and good humoured they have become. There is much for our Sixth Form to celebrate as they leave a legacy rich in how to best use technology and how best to encourage others and look for the positives in life.

This morning’s assembly focused on looking forward to the next phase of their lives and shone a light on some of their reflections. Here is just one of the many:

“When I first started sixth form I immediately noticed how supportive and nurturing the sixth form community is, and I was looking forward to spending the next couple of years here. It has flown by and I've loved every minute of it, despite the unusual circumstances!”

Today was a mini celebration to mark the end of their subject lessons and programmes of study. On Thursday 1 July, 9.30 - 12noon, here in the Sixth Form, we will upscale the occasion to include recalling memories of each student’s time here, recognition of their contributions, awards for their achievements, fond farewells from subject teachers, form tutors and the Sixth Form Team as well as special gifts for each one. All in ‘sports’ themed fancy dress! There will be a BBQ, an opportunity to mingle and reminisce with staff and friends. The following day, Friday 2 July from 3.30pm, students will meet together for a final, elegant and sophisticated, Sparkling Afternoon Tea at the Crowne Plaza in Marlow. It promises to be a wonderful event.

Of course, Year 12 have been just as hard working and committed to their studies over the past half term, showing what determined and ambitious individuals they are. They continue to aim high in all their endeavours, build that all important self belief and make a difference through random acts of kindness. As they are aware, we are moving back to appropriate business dress - smart casual throughout the week, so no more tracksuits, hoodies and trainers, instead chinos or tailored skirts or trousers, polo/collared shirts, jackets and smart shoes. Attending at least one enrichment activity per week matters and progressing their research into apprenticeships and UCAS is ongoing. And as I close I am very conscious this coming year will also shoot by for this amazing year group - I intend to make the most of it and I know they do too.

Charlie Mackesey, also deeply profound through simple words and images, writes ‘in the future, when you look back and see yourself now, you’ll be so proud’; I trust this statement will resonate with each Sixth Form student.

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