Headteacher Address to Year 11 - Class of 2016
At this time of the year I like to spend some time reflecting not only on the academic year we are in, but the five years that go to make up the journey of the current Year 11.
This is a year group who have been community minded, who value the importance of team work whether this is in class, on the sports field or as a member of a Student Leader team on duty at the Bistro.
Year 11, you are a group of young people who are conscious of your role in school as role models for younger students. You have created a support network for yourselves and shown compassion for others.
I want you now to take some time to think about what you have achieved and what you have learnt about yourself. This may not always have been through triumph, through success. I imagine that you have learnt just as much about yourself and others when times have been hard.
Ask yourself how you have developed the resilience I see in you, as you approach the most challenging few weeks of your time at this school.
You are now on the brink of adulthood- what experiences will you take away with you that will shape that adulthood?
We are told by local colleges that you can always spot an Henry Beaufort student. They arrive at college ready to learn, they understand the importance of being an independent learner and they know how to use the library and they know importance of taking part in class –not just sitting there waiting for others to do the work.
I know as a year group you will continue this positive tradition whether you are going on to college or the world of work. Showing initiative is one of the most important qualities that will single you out for all the right reasons.
You have my admiration for the way you have stepped up in the last month. You have taken on the challenge of work; of revision; of staying to clinics after school; refining and honing your skills in preparation for your exams.
You will need to maintain this positive approach over the next few school weeks.
You have been part of some incredible adventures and challenges in the last 5 years from ‘Les Mis’ to incredible sporting successes all of which have been well publicised.
But now it is time to reflect on the quiet triumphs, the progress you have made academically, the service you have given to the school; the simple act of saying thank you to someone, or noting a moment of someone’s happiness or someone’s sorrow.
There is a line in poem that I particularly like by an American poet called Robert Frost.
It goes like this:
‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference’
What will be your, ‘less travelled road’, what will it look like for you? How will you make this road, this journey your own?
A world of opportunity is about to open up to you. Use these opportunities wisely, take a few risks but most of all greet this world with joy- it’s there for the taking.
I have one final thing to ask of you.
I would like you to take a moment to consider the people in this school who have supported you through this journey.
There are no two words more powerful or more sincere than a simple ‘thank you’.
I do hope that over the next few weeks you find the time to take a moment to say those words to those who have made your journey possible. And I hope in the years to come you will look back and realise and appreciate the incredible skill and dedication of the staff at The Henry Beaufort school.
And finally I would like to say thank you to you. As a year group you have helped shape our school. You have seen positive changes- some of which you have directly influenced or been responsible for.
In turn I hope that we have helped shape your future and that this future is bright, exciting and full of promise.
The class of 2016.