Too Good to be Forgotten (Aka Year 11 Leavers Assembly)

Miss Marsden (Head of Year 11)
June 14, 2017

Tuesday 13th June marked a bitter sweet moment in the school calendar – the Year 11 Leavers Assembly.

The Year 11s and their tutors, Mrs Skewes, Mr Hibben and Miss Marsden all came together to say their farewells, exchange reminiscences and wish one another good luck for the future.

Mrs Skewes opened the assembly by praising the commitment and dedication the Year 11s have shown to the school and their studies over the last five years.

Mr Hibben then went on to present FIVE Outstanding Achievement Awards to Liam Rodrigues, Amiee Knight, Georgia Thorogood, Cerys Wilks and Hannah Daly for their 100% attendance since year 7.

Next, representatives from each tutor group were invited on to the stage to share their messages of gratitude and appreciation to their wonderful tutors – Miss Robertson, Miss Goodwin, Mrs Broomfield, Mr Head and Mrs Bleach.

On a fun note the nominations for each tutor group’s Snow White, Seven Dwarfs and Evil Queen were announced to much hilarity .

Miss Marsden then went on to say a poignant good bye to her ‘remarkable’ year group, and as a grand finale the students and staff were treated to the first public screening of the Cornelius Vermuyden Staff ‘Mannequin Challenge” – a special parting gift from the teachers to the students. Needless to say the students were absolutely delighted, and will undoubtedly add this to their catalogue of Cornelius memories.

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