“THE theme of our final assemblies this week was gratitude. The Roman Orator and Statesman, Cicero, over 2000 years ago is attributed with having said… “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” It is important to be grateful for what we have achieved rather than dwelling on what we have missed.

“We are grateful that in these last few weeks so much has happened; we staged the outstanding ‘Stage and Screen Concert: A Festival of Music, Drama and Dance’ in Acremont Garden; the Leavers’ Concert; ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in the Old Palace Garden; the Sword and Dagger competition on the assault course; a Year 11 Formal Dinner; a Pride bake sale to raise money for Centrepoint; House Swimming and Athletics; the Cricket Festival; tennis matches and rowing at the Henley Regatta. In addition, over 100 pupils have been out on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, including one mammoth nine-day expedition. Year 9s, 10s and 12s also found time to sit internal exams.

“We were also grateful to say a fitting goodbye in person to the majority of the Year 13s in the Cathedral this morning and at their Formal Dinner this evening.

“I wish everyone a very well deserved holiday and, to our leavers, every happiness for the future.”

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