Monday, 18 May 2015

On Finishing School

Last Friday I had my last day at secondary school. I can't tell you how surreal it feels to write that. I guess when you spend fourteen years in school year in, year out, it's a little weird to imagine not spending every day there. Unsurprisingly for me, Friday induced a lot of nostalgia for me, resulting in me reading back over this post I wrote two years ago, when I had my last day at the school I'd been at for five years, knowing I was moving school even though I didn't want to.

Looking back on it, I wouldn't have changed a thing. The past two years of my life have been incredible, and I have so much to thank this school for. And isn't that always the way? There's something preconditioned into human existence I'm certain that makes us fear change. But the truth is, this change has been nothing but good for me. I've grown more than I ever thought I could over the past two years, learnt so much both academically and about life, and made friendships with some of the most wonderful people I've ever met. And yet, looking back on my posts in the lead up to changing schools, you would never have guessed this is how it would have turned out. (Or maybe you would, my Mum claims she knew all along so maybe it was just my stubborness... which should totally be a word!) 

There's definitely a lesson to be learnt here. And it's a lesson that I think will always be relevant no matter what's happening. For one, I'm off to university in September and so, in a sense, I'll be doing this all over again. So here's hoping that change will turn out as well as this one! Anyway, that's enough life rambling for one post surely, on to the day itself...


The theme for our muck up day was space, although a lot of the boys went dressed up as a beach theme, which was an interesting mixture to say the least! As you can see, my friends and I all went dressed as stars. It meant being really arty which let me tell you if right outside my comfort zone but I think we managed to pull it off. 

The morning was spent making ice cream in form (our form tutor is a physics teacher) which was *delicious*, playing articulate and eating food in double philosophy, followed by eating yet more food in politics and having a quiz. There's a clear theme of eating that I'm afraid to say continued throughout the day. Sadly, our teachers cancelled our leavers' assembly and reception as the muck up day pranks went a bit too far so in all honesty, without that, it doesn't really feel like I've finished school. While I'm on study leave now, it still hasn't properly hit me that that was my last day so it's a bit of a shame that the leavers' assembly was cancelled.

We'll still have prom after exams though which is when I assume leaving will start to feel real. The rest of the day was spent with my friends, eating (again!), having a few drinks in the pub and going out in the evening. Despite the assembly being cancelled, it was a really lovely day and reminded me how lucky I am to have had two years at such a great school. So there we have it, the end of an era and all that. But here's to new beginnings and them turning out to be not as bad as you might initially think. 

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