While I'm still getting to know my new, Year 9 students, and haven't learnt their names yet, I keep thinkig of my last year's 7th formers who left school in December. I really have fond memories of them and will never forget them as they were the first class who I took over when started teaching at Mount Albert Grammar. They were just a gorgeous bunch of kids who grew into young adults in those couple of years. I hope they are all going to University, if not this year then next year - some of them, I already know have been accepted to Uni - Congratulations! - and some have even chosen to study French! Unfortunately , we didn't manage to go to Paris last year as we'd thought we would, but we spent some wonderful time planning the trip together.
I have received their external results and I am proud of them!
Well done, guys! Even if some of you haven't achieved the marks you were aiming at, don't be discouraged. You have done extremely well, you have achieved a lot in only a couple of years, in much shorter time than many other students who you were competing with at the externals. I am sincerely proud of you and wish you all the very best in the coming years. I know you are prepared to work hard to achieve your goals. And I know you are the kind of people who 'see large' and who will travel the world. Again, well done!
I am posting a photo from our small classroom party/shared lunch on the last day of school (Nov 2008). Take care and keep in touch!