Good Luck And À Bientôt – Year 11’s Final Thanksgiving Service

For almost 130 Year 11 Pupils, Tuesday 20 June proved not only to be one of the hottest days of the year so far but certainly one of their most important. With their public examinations finally out of the way, pupils and their families were invited back to College to the Year 11 Thanksgiving Service.

Over four hundred guests attended the service held in the College Chapel. Father Alan Whelan welcomed the families and guests and opened the service with a hymn. A number of staff, including Heads of House and members of the Senior Leadership Team, gave emotional readings but it was the poem written and delivered by Mrs Lisa Challinor that moved the congregation. The poem shared a positive reflection on the successes of the pupils over their five years at Princethorpe and the aspirations we all hold for them for the future.

With all eyes on the future, both short and long term, the mood was one of celebration and optimism for the journey ahead. A plea for continuing kindness and generosity of spirit underpinned all the messages in the speeches.

Mrs Beth Sharpe, Pastoral Deputy Head, thanked all the parents for their support of the College and read an extract from a Denis Waitley poem called Roots and Wings. Ed Hester, Headmaster, continued the thanks to the parents before inviting them to join with staff for refreshments after the service.

As friends, families and pupils trickled out of the Chapel to the Sixth Form Lawn to catch up, dish out hugs and enjoy a fine spread for lunch, there was a buzz of excitement ahead of their evening’s plans; the all-important prom!

It was wonderful day of celebration and we wish all Year 11s a relaxing summer break before they move on to the next steps of their exciting journeys.