18 November 2021

We have a long weekend ahead of us due to the extra Bank Holiday this year.  The opportunity to take advantage of this with a more ambitious trip than normal weekends, has not been wasted.  This morning a group of our boys and staff have been able to embark on a delayed, and somewhat more complicated than usual, field trip to Iceland.  There have been far more levels of complexity in ensuring this trip went ahead, and credit to all those that have made it happen.  The tour party have a packed itinerary,  studying some of the world's most stunning geographical features in the land of fire and ice.  Many of our intended trips have been curtailed in the last year or so, but with Iceland managing its Covid response well, and our boys more than capable of ensuring they can meet the local requirements in regards precautions, we are delighted that this once in lifetime experience for many is finally happening.  

Closer to home however the local situation regarding Covid has had a less positive impact.  Tonight we should have been assembling in Dukinfield Town Hall for our annual Presentation Evening.  As it is, our Class of 2021 and their families, will not be gathering together in person with our staff to reflect back on their five years at West Hill and celebrate their achievements.

As well as being presented with their Examination certificates, some boys also receive academic awards for achievement and endeavour in subjects. Form Tutors present an award for the boy in their form who contributed most. An array of sporting awards to recognise the many achievements in terms of individuals, as well as team successes are a particular highlight of the evening.

The ceremony is interwoven with speeches as well as musical interludes from our Jazz Orchestra. These all combine to make the occasion a special night in our calendar, and a significant one in our relationship with the boys and their families.  It is a reflection on the journey all the boys, with their families, have experienced with ourselves.  There is laughter, the occasional tear, but moreover an appreciation of what has been achieved and how those memories will last moving forward and the importance of being a West Hill boy.

As it is, we will be publishing the results on our website with some reflections.  It is not what we wanted, but is another attempt to not lose sight of, and recognise what is important to us. As you will see when you look at the presentation, we conclude the evening with a reading of the Kipling poem “If”.  The words may be even more poignant than ever this time, and our salute to our Class of 2021 has a particular resonance.

  

Mr Owens

Posted by Mr Owens

Category: Headteacher's Log Book

Tags: Geography Iceland Headteacher Presentation Evening