14 September 2017

It's that time of year again – September, when the leaves begin to change and young people return to school to face the start of the new academic year - for some of us, however, this return to St Edmund Arrowsmith will be our last.

Y11 enter the churchThe start of Year 11 is well known for its propensity to cause stress and engender dread in the hearts of the newest batch of 15-year-olds, who face their final 10 months of high school – a period of intense revision, coursework and examinations.  To get through to the other end of this is no small achievement – to succeed, the comfort of faith will doubtlessly prove essential.

This is why it is a well-established part of our school's tradition to commence each new year with a Mass dedicated to its eldest pupils; it only truly dawned on us, as we read the words “Year Eleven Welcome Mass” printed along the top of our booklets, that that’s us, and that it's finally here – it's finally our turn. 

Head boy reads prayerThe Mass, as always, was a deeply touching occasion, with hymns led by the Y11 members of the school choir, and readings by the newly-selected Head Boy and Head Girl, Joe Guerin and Yasmin Costello, and the deputies, Ben Porter, Alex Pendlebury, Eleanor Pearson and Rachel McGuire. Father John’s sermon also helped to remind us that we are following in the footsteps of many, many classes and that, as long as we are willing to put the work in, our futures are safe in God’s hands, and the hands of the experienced and capable teaching staff. 

Throughout the service, a real atmosphere of unity and togetherness could be felt, as we were all reminded that no matter how difficult or challenging the path ahead might be, we will always have each other to turn to. 

by Krystyna Szczerba, 11C1