The day of the long goodbye
Our semi-rural comprehensive is high-achieving but caters for a full range of abilities and comes from a traditional standpoint. On their last day, our Year 11 students did not want to write on their clothes. They come "dressed in their best" and all attend (and join in) a church servce. They are then treated to a buffet lunch with live music.
The afternoon is spent with an entertaining speaker, everyone receives a certificate marking the end of Year 11 and plenty of photographs are taken. Students leave the school feeling happy and rather special - and certainly in the right frame of mind for the examinations that are to come. Yes, we do work hard to get it right - such events are managed, they do not just happen - but the payoff for our efforts is tremendous.
Thomas Alleyne's High School