As I pen my last, I have to confess that I've always been a reluctant newsletter writer. Not because I don't take huge pride in sharing the achievements of our students, or great glee in involving you in my love of science, but more because as a man with two logical left brains and some grammatical misconceptions, "I finds it difficult". Hindsight means that I now see just how enjoyable it has been writing a message to you all each week - enjoyable precisely because it was difficult, yet thanks to a mixture of perseverance, stubbornness, multiple drafts and a little luck, I managed it.
As we finish what has been an exciting year, often referred to as 'busy' in these newsletters, I would like to congratulate every member of our school community who persevered in the face of a challenge they were anxious about meeting. When you stop to think about what this actually means, you realise just how much has been accomplished this year. Students have faced all manner of tests, some hidden from view and others, such as GCSE and
A-Level exams or the championship game, more obvious (quite a few championship games to be accurate, not that I'm bragging). They have, almost without exception, responded to their challenge with resilience, determination and often a smile on their face. This is something that they can be incredibly proud of. Wednesday's 'play in a day' (right)
illustrates this point for me. As part of Curriculum Enrichment Week, a group of Year 7 students had a day to perfect a 'mash up' of 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Wicked'. They did a cracking job. Students who in the beginning were timid, shy and even terrified of standing on stage, blossomed to give the audience (made up of staff and their peers) an engrossing and entertaining 30 minute show full of charm, humour, polished performance, harmonious song and ear to ear grins.
We've reached the final curtain. Time for a break. Time for a breather. Time for some holiday homework. Then return ready to take on the next challenge. We will of course make mistakes (I've certainly made a few whilst being the custodian of the good ship BFS) and we will learn from them. Do as I say and do as I do. Enjoy the summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.