Year 11 Leavers Day 2020
3 July 2020
Dear Year 11,
Mr Janes and I are acutely aware that today would have been your Leavers day followed by the Ball in the evening.
My intention is not to rub salt in the wound but I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you today because I know you will be thinking about this and possibly feeling sad and a bit deflated.
None of us could have imagined the scenario now playing out in our country when we started the academic year last September and the countdown to this summer.
Usually in June I am thinking about my assembly on Leavers' day and making sure that I write about you as a year group and the experiences and service you have given to our school. I do hope that November will allow us all to be together on Presentation Evening so that I can share some of those memories with you.
Being a Headteacher is a strange position sometimes. I have to make decisions that won't and don't please everyone, but whatever distance that may put between you and I please believe me when I write that what matters to me most is you. I miss the opportunity to celebrate with you after the
'last exam', at the Ball and all that accompanies this rite of passage for you.
It was heart-breaking for Mr Janes and I to have to say goodbye to you in the way that we did. I am so glad that we were able to do something for you albeit with less than 24 hours' notice! As your Headteacher, watching you go on the final day was like letting you take your first bicycle ride without having had the chance to see if you could do it without your stabilisers. Now I know you can do it, I never doubt that, but it was how I felt at the time.
I hope that after the first few days of wandering around somewhat dazed by the turn of events, you have been able to settle into a new routine and take on new challenges and experiences albeit confined by the lock down process.
The weather has been on the whole kind, which has made lockdown easier to bear for everyone. Now that we can start to socialise with more people I hope you have been able to meet up with friends and enjoy some of the extra official holiday time that comes with the end of June for Year 11.
I look forward to seeing you in November but remember, you are still very much a part of our community and you will always will be.