The West Bridgford School

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Year 13’s “Long Goodbye” to school continued in magnificent, munificent style at The Walled Garden in Beeston on Tuesday 24 June. Having been to many of these events over the past 15 years or so, I can happily report that this was one of the very best I have been privileged to attend.
Stepping into the marquee that housed the event was akin to walking onto the set of Baz Luhrman’s recent lavish adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” – both stylish and sophisticated (despite Mr Deans’ many turns on the dance floor) and with a wonderfully celebratory atmosphere that meant everybody felt welcomed and included.  The NUS Committee (Naomi McFadden, Safa Sharif, Lauren Kay, Kate Hughes, Alicia Cox and Vijith Gnanakumaran) did a tremendous job and continued to be “on duty” over the course of the evening, making sure that everything ran smoothly as well as welcoming staff to the event. At the Awards Ceremony, Sam Coffey excelled as the gregarious host whose witty repartee kept the audience entertained throughout. It seemed entirely fitting that such a well-heeled occasion included an award for the Best Dressed Student (appropriately won by the permanently debonair Matt Blainey).
As an introduction to West Bridgford School’s Year 13 Proms, this one will take some beating. It revealed so much about the school, the Sixth Form and this particular set of students – their appreciation of each other’s talents, their joie de vivre and, perhaps most poignantly of all, their reflective nature. As the festivities wound down, many students were noticeably reluctant to leave, recognising that this had been a special culmination to a very special experience at the West Bridgford School. To them all, I extend my thanks for their warm welcome to me and my very best wishes for the future. I know that they will be a credit wherever they go as they have been a credit to the school for so long.
Click HERE to the photos which are on flickr.

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