Twelve months ago, on the day in between my final GCSE exam and the ‘prom’ ball, my classmates and I donned academic gowns and mortarboard caps to formally ‘graduate’ from Furze Platt. For many, it was an entirely trivial affair: the vast majority of the yeargroup returned in September, to join the Sixth Form. But for others, it marked their last hours on the school site, at the end of five happy years at the Senior School.
Since last June, time – as I’ve occasionally stopped to remark – has flown by with shocking speed. Now Head Boy, in a year’s time I myself will have left Furze Platt. Again. Except this time it’ll have been for good.
But today I was able to pause to watch as, a year on from the start of my own glorious summer of Year 11, my younger schoolmates took their turn at wearing the formalwear.
It is with great delight that I can now reveal that I’ve been made Furze Platt‘s Head Boy for the next twelve months.
This morning, during the end-of-term whole-school assembly, Headteacher Ms White welcomed me and Sarah Donlon (the new Head Girl) up to the front. There, under the watchful gaze of over a thousand pairs of eyes, we collected our badges. The outgoing incumbents, Max Fishwick and Lisa Hibbitt, were thanked for their work over the past year, as their duties now transfer to us two.