It was both a happy and sad occasion as year 13s and their parents returned to school for a final farewell on the 28 June. The beautiful reception in the school’s Dining Room on a glorious summer’s evening was an opportunity to reminisce and recount the stories that will become part of the shared memories of students, parents and teachers.
Form tutors, Davina Pike and James Loudon had a lighthearted look at the class of 2012’s including some of their particular idiosyncrasies – from a penchant for cardboard cutouts, to their less than perfect timekeeping and the dramas of organising Crisis Revue.
Kathryn Pullen acknowledged the important part parents played in supporting both the school and their daughter’s education and thanked them for all they had done. She praised the girls’ academic achievements and their significant contributions to school life; the way they had been role models and friends for the younger years, extraordinary event organisers and fundraisers, running the School Council and organising house competitions with gusto.
It was a particularly poignant occasion, as not only were the class of 2012 leaving, but also Bridget Pakey, Head of Sixth Form, is retiring this year. Kathryn paid tribute to her leadership of Sixth Form for more than 20 years, the gentle way she coaxed and cajoled her girls to become the very best they could be and the warmth and affection in which she is held by girls past and present.
And so, with hardly a dry eye in the house, Mrs Pullen said goodbye, good luck and stay in touch to the class of 2012 and their parents.