On Wednesday 7th July 2021, Holyrood Academy students celebrated the end of their GCSE courses in true style; albeit establishing a whole new tradition on how to party!
An unprecedented two years of restrictions and lockdowns have certainly had their impact on this cohort’s GCSE years. However, the Academy was determined they were not prevented from celebrating their time at the Academy in any way possible: Bring on the Garden Party Prom, with a Fiesta feel! Mock mojitos, fiesta bunting, giant balloon cactuses, a bucking bronco and hanging lanterns were only part of this multi-coloured celebration. What a day! At one point last month it looked like this would never happen. But thanks to the staff at Holyrood, these students got their much anticipated Year 11 Prom.
The Celebration Day itself ran true to form with our students arriving at school dressed in their finery and in a variety of eccentric modes of transport, including tractors, sports cars, limos and motor bikes.
They were met with a mocktail on arrival to begin the day with an air of sophistication. After mingling together to catch up and admire outfits, they attended their final assembly led by Head of Year Mr Paul Reid. It was an emotional afternoon in the Sports Hall where all students received their Records of Achievement and individual farewells from their Tutors. Then the party really started! Students partied the afternoon away at our outside garden party. They were treated to slush puppies, pancakes, burgers and sweets. They were able to buck on the bronco and play giant garden jenga and connect 4. The torrential downpour did nothing to dampen the spirits of this incredibly resilient year group!
Mr Reid said, “Despite the many obstacles confronting us and the cancelation of the traditional Prom at Haselbury Mill due to the restrictions being extended, we still did it our way! The Garden Party Prom, which was hosted at the Academy, couldn't have been more perfect and in many respects even more fun than in the past. It isn’t necessarily ‘what’ you do, it’s who you do it with! We completely recognise the challenges that these students have had to face over the past year and hope that this ensured the best possible send off for our students. There were certainly lots of photo opportunities, laughter and tears. I will miss every single one of them, and really hope they will continue making the most of every moment every single day. Many are staying on at Holyrood and we will be seeing them again in September in our Sixth Form. I am proud of their hard work and determination since Year 7 and I look forward to seeing them all again on Results Day on Thursday 12th August.”