Bitter-sweet goodbyes at Arran High

Final year pupils all received a balloon with their name and S6 Leaver 2021 printed on it.

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By Colin Smeeton

S6 pupils at Arran High School, who have been dubbed the lockdown leavers, celebrated their final day of high school at an informal celebration last Friday.

For most of the 37 pupils it was a joyous occasion and a reason to celebrate, but for many it also meant sad goodbyes tinged with excitement and anticipation of forging new lives in further education or employment.

Departing pupils enjoyed an afternoon of activities which began with a friendly game of rounders on the sports field and culminated in them being joined by the entire school at the end of the day where everyone said goodbye to the senior pupils.

The memorable day, which will be ingrained in the memories of the pupils, also saw them taking part in the traditional activity of having their shirts signed by pupils and staff as a keepsake and a memento of their school days.

Pupils then enjoyed a barbecue with music before a balloon ceremony and the official leavers’ photograph was taken. By early afternoon, once the school day was finished, everyone joined the class of 2021 to say goodbye before they departed school for the final time.

Head teacher Susan Foster said: ‘I speak for all the staff and pupils in Arran High School in wishing the class of 2021 the very best of luck as they move on to the next phase in their lives. I am very proud of them all; they have shown enormous resilience over two sessions of unprecedented disruption to their education. They are a credit to the school and our community and I will miss them.’