Thought for the Day - 20th May

Date published: Wed 20 May 2020   Author: HLH/SGE   Category: News   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

Thought For The Day The Black And Gold Spirit At Home

Wednesday  20th May 2020


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“Seniors, tonight is for you. Tonight we honour 12 years of your hard work, the studying, the tests, early mornings and late nights. And we honour everyone who got you here. Your friends, your family, your community… (Now) You (have) made a sacrifice and you did that to keep your community safe and healthy. On behalf of all of us, thank you. There is no doubt in my mind that the class of 2020 is going to be something really special. After all this, you guys are prepared for anything….We are all ready for the class of 2020 to change the world….And now it is time to go to a new place. It is time to chase every dream, accept every challenge strive for greatness, honour every promise, and recommit to your community….The community needs you. And when I say to the community, I mean your rec. league, your church, your youth group, and most of all, your school. They need you. Most importantly, building your community is how you change the world…My message is stay close to home. Maybe not physically, but in every other way possible. Pursue every ambition, go as far as you possibly can dream, and be the first generation to embrace a new responsibility, a responsibility to rebuild your community. Class of 2020, the world has changed. You will determine how we rebuild, and I ask that you make your community your priority. Congratulations, class of 2020. I love all of you, and remember one thing: you’re all kings and queens.” (LeBron James, Graduation Message 2020).

Michael Jordan may have been greatest on the court.  However, without question, Kobe Byrant (never ever forgotten) and LeBron James have been greatest for wider society off the court too. All have been inspired byone another.  Last weekend, LeBron James (, quoted above, and former President Barack Obama ( both gave inspirational graduation messages to communities in America, as only they could.

We take this opportunity to pay tribute to our class of 2020 in Year 13.  You do not need a global icon for your message; you wrote it yourselves as TBSHS icons.  Individual students are never forgotten at TBSHS. Memories last eternally.  Every student, every family, has and leaves a legacy.  Everyone we ever meet is always part of us.  Our story is their story.  Pay it forward and give it back.   Year 13 have been brilliant leaders for our school community. You made us all better. Thank you. Those that were with us for any time between Years 7-11, brilliantly led by Ms. Torry, Ms. Cooper, Ms. Marlow, your tutors and your teachers,  were key as the school, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Reeve and the Senior Management Team, was judged by OFSTED to be outstanding and, as such, a national and international beacon. .  You led the way in class, in the corridor, in the cage. You represented the Black and Gold on the “field of dreams” at Jobbers Wood and made more wonderful memories in the School Hall in Music and Drama.   You rigorously debated and eloquently spoke in public.  You walked 500 miles for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  Your GCSE results were truly excellent. New, and very different, academic syllabuses and assessments were not a problem to you. You got this. You helped on another.   This legacy was continued, and enhanced, in the Sixth Form.  Thank you to all those who were with us for any time in the past two years.  From the classroom, to the dining hall (thank you to the tireless catering team), to the symbolic library of Mrs. Fletcher (the legend) to the iconic Sixth Form Centre.  Those that joined us took us further.  On and on.  No student or member of staff would have the education they have at TBSHS were is not for the girls, and the boys, that join the school in the sixth form and lead the way, bringing in new ideas and ways of thinking, believing, helping and doing.  TBSHS always looks outside and beyond.  “Welcome to the team.  Make us better.”   You certainly did.  Thank you. You helped each other and enhanced in the school.  The spirit of Year 13 was seen in every one of your classrooms. We saw this in Religious Studies and Citizenship but every teacher has their special memories of you that last forever.  Student Leadership from Head Girl Head Boy, Deputies, Senior Prefects, Prefects and everyone everywhere inspired us all. Sports and debating went further and further and further, from the playing fields of Eton to the Mace debating competition (in both pursuits: same difference; same schools; same world class competition; same TBSHS representing and succeeding).  Sport, debating and public speaking flourished even more.  Sports players went to the home of one of the greatest citizens, Nelson Mandela. Elsewhere your enriching curriculum,  sixth formers visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York, such an important place that will never ever be forgotten. The importance of memory. Wonderful staff gave up their time and meticulously planned to take you to so many equally wonderful cultural places near and far. The classroom took you on an inspiring daily journey too.   Keep visiting such places near and far that enrich and enhance you. Back in the day, TBSHS used to smile as it left its small buildings to meet, and learn from, the world each sporting Saturday.  A former Headmaster, who passed away in March last year, supported by a Deputy Headteacher, who retired in April last year, and many other staff, students and parents in the past, had the initial ethos, vision, care and drive across the school community.  They passed it on to us. Like Mr. Reeve did wonderfully last year, Mr. Shaw and Mr. Noble themselves would always themselves acknowledge their great debt to their predecessors; there is 70 years of history of TBSHS.   You continued and enhanced their dream and made more memories.  School productions, musicals and concerts were truly outstanding, inspirational and historic.  Standing ovations lasted for nearly as long as the production itself, such was the warmth of audience appreciation and company, crew and performer brilliance.  Another moment. “Jerusalem” was sang before performances, sporting and dramatic,  and in assemblies,  as you built your Black and Gold city at TBSHS.    You walked 500 more miles for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  You walked to St. Michael’s Church where you represented once again and thought of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues across society.   Your Induction and Christmas Showcases were immense.  You showed your class in House Sport and House Drama again.  For sure, you stood on the shoulders of giants (to quote Newton) of your amazing tutors and awesome teachers (today is “National Thank Your Teacher Day”) and those who equally set the stage happen  (teams in Senior Management, Governors, Finance,  Timetabling, Careers,  Network and AVA Support, Office, Reception, Visits, Learning Support, Admissions,  Attendance,  Exam Invigilation, Catering, Cleaning, Caretaking,  Technical, Laboratory…they are all the stage managers of TBSHS and stage management generally is always the key area in any show…no one can sing on the stage if  unsung heroes have not put the microphone there and booked and set up the Hall in the first place).  To that wider point, you know that you owe everything to Mr. Stark, Ms. PriceMs. Miles, Mr. Munro and Ms. Quinlan who spent hours and hours and yet even more hours listening to you, encouraging you, supporting you, advising you, motivating you and helping you with life in sixth form and beyond.  They had the patience and wisdom of saints.  They gave you a plan and a purpose. UCAS and job support was world class as was academic and pastoral support. And through it all you remained such good people who would help anyone and everyone.   In these very, very challenging times, which will probably be on the GCSE and A-Level papers of 2050, Year 13, and Year 11, had to cope with the  biggest academic challenge. But you both were and are ready to lead a new society. Thank you Year 13.  Stay humble. None of us are perfect. Keep working, keep improving, keep learning, keep reading, keep reflecting.   Remember every day those we have lost; they are always with us.  Never forget your roots at TBSHS and before. You will be back.  Tell your story. Learn from others’ stories.  Thank your family, carers and friends, most importantly. Keep doing you. 

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