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Posted on: July 3rd 2019

Year 11 Leavers Celebration 2019

Our Year 11 pupils enjoyed a Leavers Celebration to mark the end of an era at Hurstmere School.   The boys, many accompanied by their parents and families, viewed past photographs and heard anecdotes from a variety of staff.  The Year 11s were congratulated on their hard work and commitment whilst at Hurstmere and particularly during the recent GCSE examinations.

Ms Gallagher’s advice to the boys to “make your bed” every morning produced some laughter, especially from parents!  Boys were reminded that by fully making their bed every morning they will have accomplished the first task of the day.  Giving them a sense of pride will encourage them to do another task and another, and so on.   By the end of the day that one task will have turned into many tasks completed.  It will reinforce the fact that little things in life matter and if you cannot do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

Subject recognition certificates were awarded to pupils and the audience was then treated to a heart-felt tribute by Godswill, who explained how he had nervously joined Hurstmere in 2014 and is leaving as “a confident young man”.  He thanked his fellow Year 11s, his friends and staff for their support and encouragement over the years and said how he appreciates everything that the school has done for him in providing such a range of experiences.   Godswill spoke of the opportunities afforded to him by teachers and how new sports had encouraged his love of Basketball and how he was thankful for the musical opportunities which he believes gave him chances to perform to large audiences and participate in competitions.  This wonderful speech was summed up with Godswill wishing everyone good luck and his hope that everyone continues to stay motivated and work hard with whatever Post 16 route they take next.

The audience also heard from Harry Rainey, from Hurstmere’s class of 2014.  Harry shared some of his life after Hurstmere stories and advised our Years 11s to choose the subjects that they enjoy for their future studies.  He stressed to our Year 11s not to give up if they do not achieve the grades they had hoped for, which had happened to him.  After achieving 5 A’s and 4 B’s GCSE’s, a silver tie, sports ambassador and peer mentor Harry joined Blackfen 6th Form and admitted to not achieving similar grades in his A Levels so continued with his BTEC studies.  He then spent three years at Canterbury Christchurch University and in September he will graduate with a First-Class Honours Degree in Law. 

A huge thank you to the pupils and their families that joined us for this event.  We look forward to seeing them on Results Day on Thursday 22nd August and to welcoming them back to Hurstmere in the future.

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