The leaving celebrations for the 2016 Year 13 group were particularly poignant as this year group is the first to have come through the whole 7 years at Bishop Thomas Grant School since the inception of the new sixth form back in 2009.
On Thursday 26th May the Leavers Mass (pictured above right), organised by school chaplain Mrs Hallam, was celebrated in the Main Hall by Year 13 students, parents and teachers, with Fr Anthony Cassidy in attendance, along with Headteacher Mr Desa. The theme of the mass was a thanksgiving for all in the Bishop Thomas Grant School family as the Year 13 students completed this phase of their educational journey – as Mrs Hallam commented in her introductory speech, "The school is a model of a family unit, a dynamic family".
On Friday morning it was time for students and staff to make their farewells in the final assembly, organised by Head of Year 13 Mrs Levenson. Presentations were made to students in subject areas by Heads of Department and then personal tutors awarded prizes to students in their tutor groups who had performed particular service to the school. Special mention was made of students who had achieved 100% attendance and punctuality. Presentations were then made to the Head Prefects and to Angelo Ntalu, Isaac Burke, Stephane Moisset and Lukas Dohm-Karatjas for their achievement in the Bank of England 2.0 competition. The star prize this year went to Alexandra Sanyaolu, who has not only won a place to study Medicine but also became the first girl at Bishop Thomas Grant School to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Alexandra, along with Year 13 student Francisco Gordedo received the 2016 prizes for Students of the Year from Mrs Levenson.
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Below, Head of Sixth Form Mr Stapelberg (far right) and Head of Year 13 Mrs Levenson (far left) celebrate with the Head Boy and Girl and Head Prefects on the last day of term. The Year 13 students were allowed to wear their own clothes for the last day celebrations.