The 2014 Turney School Leaver’s Assembly was another highly emotional occasion. There was great sadness as we formally said our farewells to the departing Class 11 students. This was balanced however with the optimism and excitement that we know lies ahead for the leavers.
Executive Head Teacher Mrs. Adams opened the assembly by welcoming the many parents, carers and friends of Turney School:
“I would like to welcome all of our special visitors to help celebrate the life of the Turney young adults. I have known the students since they were young children. It is a pleasure to see them now as confident young adults.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have every one of the Class 11 students in our school. We are always sad to see them go. This is a happy time though – it is the start of your adult life.”
The Turney School Choir was at hand to add some uplifting tunes throughout the afternoon. We started off by leading the way with a rhythmic clapping and participation song. It was great to see all the pupils in the assembly become involved.
It was then time for the teaching staff at Turney School to share their personal memories of each student. One-by-one the Class 11 students were invited to the front of the assembly to help celebrate their many achievements.
We heard many stories that reflected the overall progression theme of the assembly. Teaching staff shared some funny stories of the pupils when they were younger, and then compared these with the proud, mature young adults who were now taking centre stage. Mrs. Adams presented each pupil with a special certificate of thanks.
It was wonderful to welcome to our Leaver’s Assembly some of the staff from the work placements where the students have recently helped out. The input from the pupils to these places of work was praised highly. This was another important theme for the assembly, allowing the Class 11 leaver’s to make the connection between their past achievements and their future plans.
We were also very happy to see our friend Denise from Lambeth College attend the assembly. Denise was able to present each pupil with a certificate in recognition of their high standard of learning as part of the weekly Lambeth College Link course. We greatly value this relationship that Turney has with the college.
The Leaver’s Assembly concluded with Mrs. Adams addressing the close community of learners that we have, and the importance of the bonds between the school, parents and carers:
“All of these achievements have only been possible by working together. We can’t do this alone as a school. The success of the young people is a shared responsibility. I would like to also thank all of the staff for making the Leaver’s Assembly such a wonderful occasion.”
All pupils and staff then proudly sang the Turney School song.
The afternoon continued with an exhibition of the amazing GCSE artwork that the students have completed. This was an opportunity for Class 11 to proudly show their work to an appreciative audience. Drinks and refreshments made this a great way in which to end the day.
We would like to thank the many parents and carers who were able to come along and share in this very special assembly. We wish all of the Class 11 students continued success in whatever future learning and employment plans that you might have. Please don’t forget to come back and share your success with us.