Poignant farewells as end of school year looms

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As we draw closer to the end of another school year, we may have a few things to look forward to, writes Joseph Garside, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School year 12 student.

Whether it be the prospect of a sunny summer, the six-week holidays or even finding out what stellar and hard-worked for grades some are expecting, it’s safe to say that there will be at least one movement sparking gloom at our school - the leaving Year 13 students.

I caught up with the Head Boy and Head Girl at our sixth form; Matthew Crabtree and Laura Castle. They gave insight into nostalgic times.

Matthew said: “My overall time at HLHS has been a time I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and will remember for years to come!

“I’m leaving sixth form to join Edge Hill University in Liverpool and I feel prepared and ready for the next step up in education and HLHS has made this transition a lot easier, without a doubt.”

Laura spoke of her journey and her progress throughout her school life.

“Being here since year seven has been the best thing I could have hoped for,” she said.

“I started sixth form with a strong friendship group and that really gave me the confidence to come into my own here, especially these last two years at HLHS.

“I’ve really loved every second of my school life and because of this it’s made me even more excited to start a new journey at York St John University.”

Clearly, they feel that Hipperholme and Lightcliffe has done a lot for them in their time at the school and they both have mixed emotions about leaving the place they’ve been going to for the last seven years.

Laura said: “It’s safe to say that I will definitely miss HLHS.”

Whereas Matthew said: “Of course I’ll miss the school but I think that it’s prepared me well as a person for the next step in my life.”

The Year 13 students make it clear to us that they wouldn’t be where they are if it wasn’t for the support and experiences they’ve had throughout their school lives and cannot thank the staff enough.

On behalf of everyone at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, we wish them all the best in their future pathways and remind them of where we’ll always be should they come back and visit.