Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.
The Leavers Make their Mark.
This week has been a time of celebration of the Year 11 and Year 13 Leavers. At the moment there is a banner hanging from the roof, showing us that they may be leaving, but will not be forgotten. It seems such a short time since September, when plans were being made for these examination years, yet the public exams start in earnest on Monday, with GCSE RS and Computer Science. The celebrations started (officially) with a beautiful and reflective Leavers’ Mass on Friday 3rd, when Fr Tom had some wise words for those leaving. Afterwards, two doves were released, as a symbol of peace and freedom.
This Wednesday the Upper Sixth had their leavers morning. After some fun and frolics in the Sports Hall, they came in fancy dress to their last Assembly, which was actually a tribute to the year group from their Tutors. As the school song says, this year group are “so full of potential, they’re bursting at the seams.” They will surely make a difference for good in the world, if they remember integrity and service.
This afternoon, Friday, it was the turn of year 11. They had the chance to sign shirts, as a remembrance of each other. After tributes from tutors, and a few chosen words, their departure was emotional. I hope that they will remember from their days at St A’s the importance of friendship and community, and look after themselves and each other through the coming exam period, and beyond. (And also do well in their exams, of course!)
“The day thou gavest, Lord is ended,
The darkness falls at thy behest;
To thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.”