I absolutely love this picture which was taken the morning after the night before of Crew Finch’s last Passage Presentation. Phew!
It was nice to finally be able to put the last portfolio back on the shelf and have a bit of fun regrouping as a Crew with a
competitive friendly game of Taboo!
It’s been an intense few weeks of final preparations and practicing in Crew, with feedback from those who had presented prompting last minute tweaks, changes and minor panics from those who had yet to deliver theirs!
I didn’t manage to take any photos during the presentations because I was too engrossed listening to what these incredible kids had to say. All 12 presentations have been very different and I have been left gobsmacked after each and every one.
I don’t know what impressed me the most: the honesty and integrity shown as they discussed their academic and character growth; the ambition and determination shown when they spoke about their future selves; the awe-inspiring confidence as they spoke not just to me, but to a whole panel of adults; or, they way they weren’t phased at all by any of the panelists’ questions at the end (and we asked some tough questions!)
GCSE choices have been made and Crew are now more than ready to tackle the next stage of their learning journey. They have all acknowledged that the GCSE years are going to hard, with some needing to up their game a little to make sure they get the grades they need. We talk a lot about climbing a metaphorical mountain in Crew. They have achieved so much already and I’ve no doubt at all they they will all get to where they want to be. However, if any of them stumble along the way, they know that they’ve got the whole Crew behind them ready to give them a supportive shove up to the top of their mountain.
A massive appreciation, as ever, to all the families who have supported their children through this milestone. It’s been an honour to share the experience with you.