The end of the academic year is always an emotional time of year at Traill International School. Our A Level, AS Level and IGCSE students are relieved that their exams have finished. Our younger students are eagerly anticipating a long summer holiday with parents and family. Some of our students are looking forward to Traill’s summer school.
However, most emotional of all is the farewell to our graduating students. This is as much of a turbulent time for the teachers and staff as it is for the students. During their time with us, our students become family and whilst we are immensely proud of their achievements, their leaving will be felt as a loss.
We have studied with them, worried with them, cheered them on and laughed with them for many years. We know that we have moulded them into well rounded, sensible, intelligent young people who are well equipped to handle the next stage of their education.
Our graduation ceremony, which is always a grand affair, signals their move into adulthood. We always choose speakers for the graduation who we believe can offer inspirational words of wisdom at this most important juncture in their lives. Every year we are delighted at the range of university subjects chosen by our students - and this year is no exception.
With subjects including aerospace engineering, medicine, environmental sciences, sociology and international relations and nano biology, they all seem destined to have a very bright future ahead. Their university destinations are equally as impressive, including England, Holland, Germany, Japan, USA and Hong Kong.
The graduation ceremony is only the first part of our farewells. We also hold a prom on the evening of the graduation. This gives everyone the opportunity to relax in five-star sumptuous surroundings and dance and laugh together for the last time as Traill students. It goes without saying that we wish them success and happiness in their futures, whatever they are doing.