As our Year 11 Leavers prepared for the next step of their educational journey, we took some opportunities to celebrate their Heritage education, and to cement some elements from their time here that we hope they will carry with them for a lifetime of learning.
During this past week, Year 11 pupils participated in The Big Picture Course — a programme that helps our Leavers draw together the threads of their education at Heritage, to discuss overarching ideas and questions, and to consider some of the big ideas that shape our culture. In keeping with the school’s ethos, Christian perspectives were discussed but the goal was ultimately to encourage pupils to think critically and question things philosophically for themselves. Led by Mr Fletcher and Dr Martin, the course always ends by watching and then discussing a film that says something interesting about our culture. This year it was The Truman Show, a film about the artificiality of television and the way it affects our perception of reality.
On Saturday, Leavers concluded their time at Heritage with a Leavers’ Service, featuring a musical performance by Year 11 pupil Amy C on the flute, accompanied by Mrs Lowe. Speeches were made by Head Boy Maxwell and Head Girl Holly, followed by encouragements from Mr Fletcher and a prayer led by Mr Burden. Mr Hulett, as always, concluded the time with a delightful photo slideshow. The service was followed by a reception with family members, and then the Leavers celebrated their final moments together as Heritage pupils with a festive evening party in Panton Hall, complete with Mr Appleyard DJing.
We are sad to say goodbye to our class of 2021, but we hope that each of them will stay connected with us as alumni. We are eager to hear about all that they will go on and do after their time with us.