Year 13 bow out of school life in customary style
The most repeated comment that I have heard from Year 13 students this year? “I can’t believe that we’ve nearly finished!” This awareness of the approaching end of their school life always lends a sense of urgency to students’ preparations for their Year 13 Prom and this year, the bar was raised to unprecedented levels. Held once again at the beautiful Walled Garden in Beeston, the annual event was superbly organised by the NUS Committee and all went smoothly. As always, students dressed to impress, and they all looked magnificent.
The disappointingly dreich weather did nothing to dampen spirits, and students and staff arrived to a welcome drink reception. Much laughter ensued as the room gradually filled up before heading off to tables for the sumptuous three course meal. There were selfies and group shots galore, but amidst all the good humour, there were clearly moments of reflection happening too. Many students that I spoke to recognised that this wonderful event was also bittersweet, marking the end of a hugely significant period in their lives. That said, nothing was going to depress them for too long! Following an Awards Ceremony, students hit the dance floor, casting inhibitions aside and throwing shapes with giddy abandon. To music fans of a slightly older vintage, New Order’s “Blue Monday” resurrected memories of glory days gone by, and Mr Smith’s foot was definitely seen tapping at least once.
When the end of the night came, students were ready to go, and faced their respective futures with the kind of confidence and humility that we have come to expect from them. As the first year group I have seen through the entirety of Sixth Form, they will always hold a special place in my heart. We will miss them.