Thursday 9th July 2020

A fond farewell to the class of 2017

Friday 30th June 2017

The recent Year 13 leavers Prom was certainly a night to remember.

This group of wonderful students received lavish praise from the many members of staff who had the pleasure of being part of the evening. This evening brings to a close the high school phase of education for our leaving Year 13 students.

In a series of presentations and speeches the class of 2017 was urged to take every opportunity that comes their way in the coming years.

As one teacher urged the students to take to heart the Robert Frost poem:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Headteacher Paul Dickinson, said “this group of young men and women have been an outstanding example of students that had worked hard throughout the year” He added best wishes to you all as you now join the ranks of Alumni of this wonderful college adding, as Mark Twain said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

...and finally,

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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