The magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral was the venue for our Year 8 Graduation on July 9th.
Excited students, capped and gowned, demonstrated dignity and pride in their achievements as they were presented with their scrolls by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Mick Stanley.
The Mayor spoke of the uniqueness of the occasion and that it was “great to celebrate achievement.” He also laid personal claim to Pledges 6 and 8 for his input on this occasion!
We were particularly delighted to welcome students from Bishop Monkton, Sharow, Dishforth, Greystones, Kirkby Hill and The Cathedral primary schools. They received certificates for achieving Pledge 8 and three students received an additional award for Pledge 6, having presented to their peers, parents and staff after the Space Day at the end of June.
Outwood students processed down the nave aisle to the West Doors to tumultuous applause from parents, staff and honoured guests. Then in true academic tradition, they threw their caps into the air for the ultimate photo capture of the moment – in full sunshine of course.
The Hall was packed for afternoon tea for parents, students and guests and the catering department did us proud with their beautifully iced cakes and delicious sandwiches. The Hall looked splendid with decorated tables, flowers and balloons. The professional photographer was on hand to take shots of our graduates with a cathedral backdrop!
Special thanks must go to our wonderful Sixth Formers who served tea for our guests with their usual excellent manners and grace. And of course to all staff who worked so hard to create the most perfect day.
Two comments worthy of note:
A lady Guide at the Cathedral was “Totally over-awed” by the occasion and by “your students’ excellent demeanour.”
A Year 8 Parent said what a good idea Graduation was – “really enjoyable and I wasn’t expecting anything like this!”
We feel so privileged to have been able to offer our students such a unique setting for their very special day.