Principal’s blog: School’s out for summer!

As the school year draws to a close, I want to thank everyone involved with Urmston Grammar – students, staff, parents and supporters – for your hard work and support that makes this school community such a special place of which to be part.

It has been another wonderful year full of highlights in the classroom, on the stage, in the sporting arena and extra-curricula activities.

Every participant should feel proud of their achievements and for those returning after the summer break, we look forward to building on them.

But before then, we have A Level and GCSE results to look forward to in August. While our Year 11s and Year 13s face a nervous wait, UGS teachers are confident their grades will accurately reflect the hard work and maturity displayed by these students over the past two years.

These teachers deserve every plaudit for their dedication and support of students as they faced the biggest challenge in their education, and possibly their lives, so far.

Whatever results day holds, UGS will be here to continue that support.

What will you be doing during the six weeks of holiday stretching out in front of you?

I imagine the answer from many will be a resounding NOTHING! You may be surprised to hear that I (partially) agree with that sentiment.

Secondary education is intense, young minds are expected to absorb a huge amount of diverse knowledge in a relatively short space of time. It is essential to have a break from studying.

Spend time with your family – believe it or not, they miss you during term time. Get plenty of fresh air and keep your mind and body healthy and active.

Invest some of that free time in taking on a new sport, skill or hobby – a change is as good as a rest!

A voluneering job will give a different perspective on the world. You will love the independence and satisfaction of giving something back to your community whilst gaining valuable work and life experience. Charities always need volunteers – picking one that reflects your interests or chimes with a future degree or career choice will really put you ahead of the game and be useful in helping decide if a certain path is for you.

Try to maintain some sort of structure so school isn’t so much of a shock. In the run-up to September, start looking at some of the books on UGS’s must-read lists and summer study lists.

And to our soon-to-be former Year 13 students: this is the beginning of the rest of your life. We have had the pleasure of watching you grow from children into intelligent, capable, kind, creative and inspirational adults.

Whatever you do, as alumni you will always be UGS Lions. Have pride and let the world hear you roar!

Urmston Grammar School closes at 13:45 on Friday, July 21st and reopens on Wednesday 6th September at 9:00 am for Year 7 and Year 12 and at 10:00 am for all other year groups.

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