10 May 2018

After five years at St Edmund Arrowsmith, it is hard to believe that we have just celebrated our last mass together as a year group. It doesn’t seem long ago that we first entered St Oswald’s church together in Year 7, all still slightly nervous and unsure about what the next five years would bring. For this reason, it amazes me that the time has gone so fast, and having the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, friendships and developments over the years brought a sense of reality to the end of our journeys at this wonderful school.

I’m sure everybody in Year 11 would agree with me in saying that it was refreshing to take some time away from the never-ending work and revision in class for our upcoming exams, to spend some time together in a peaceful and prayerful atmosphere, giving thanks for the remarkable journey we have all had. Hearing Father John read ‘The Parable of the Talents’ and remind us that no matter what our abilities allow, we can always accomplish whatever we wish, was fitting to this occasion and reminded us that no matter where we go later in life, we will always have the support of St Edmund Arrowsmith behind us. Mrs Doolan also rounded this message off perfectly by giving us an Irish blessing after communion had ended. 

It was remarkably special to have all of the teachers that have supported our year group throughout the years with us. We were able to sit in our forms and celebrate mass with our form teachers, and also alongside Miss Brophy, Mrs Whitfield and Miss Westwell (who have each been our Assistant Head of Year), Mrs Doolan (our Senior Learning Co-ordinator for our first four years) and finally Mrs Outterside who took on the role of our Head of Year at the start of Year 11 and has worked tirelessly with each and every one of us to help us through our final year. Mr Phillips also made a special return, to mark the end of our journey that we began with him in 2013. Finally, Mr Dumican said a few words at the end of the mass, leaving us with some powerful words from Mother Teresa to reflect on: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
 
by Antonia, 11L