MESSAGE FOR YEAR 11 AS YOU START YOUR GCSE EXAMS
11th May 2018
With the GCSE exams now here, our love, prayers and thoughts are with our wonderful Year 11 pupils.
It's important that you work hard through the exam period to show how much you've learned, to reap the rewards for your years of study and to ensure you qualify for the next stage of your journey.
It is even more important however, that you remember that you are - and always will be - infinitely more than a set of results.
These words are borrowed but so true:
Exam results do not show the depth of your love and kindness, nor the resilience of your spirit. They don't show what a joy it is to be in your company, nor how responsible you are and how steady you can be in a crisis. They do not display your life skills and capabilities. They do not show how trustworthy you are, nor do they necessarily exhibit your earnest work ethic. They do not depict your strong moral compass nor do they determine who you are. The things that interest you and make you feel alive, that captivate you and motivate you are unique to you. You are unique.
Try your best, be curious, seek to learn and grow. Wonder at the world for it does not work on intellect alone. It needs innovators, creatives, those with compassion, practical hands and enquiring minds. It needs you. Every one of you. It is likely there will always be standardised tests. Be you a square peg in a round hole or be you a flawless cylindrical peg, whether you scrape a pass, fail spectacularly or get full marks, know that those results do not define you. They don't reflect your endless potential. You are not an exam grade. You are far, far greater than that.