The end of the school year also saw the Graduation of a new cohort of 87 Year 13 students of The British School of Barcelona: The BSB Class of 2019. (See video below)
In a warm summer evening, our students, their proud parents and relatives, and members of the Pre-University staff of BSB Nexus gathered at the Restaurant Les Marines, in Gavà, to celebrate this milestone together in a beautiful scenery by a flower garden and a shady pine forest.
Mr James Petrie (Head of Secondary and Pre-University) made the opening speech followed by Jethro and Annette’s, our pre-University Prefects, who shared a few memories of their time at BSB. Jethro highlighted “kindness and openness” as two of the qualities which “encapsulate not simply our graduating year group but also the essence of what means studying at BSB”, and Annette stated that “studying here is feeling good with oneself and facing cultural and personal diversity, which pull us out of our comfort zone and allows us to develop an open mind and feel at home.”
Luz, a Year 13 bright pianist and vocalist, entertained everyone with a beautiful piano performance and song, and Mr Rod Musson, Head of Year 13, rounded up the event with his moving and witty poem addressed to the students.
Mr Jon Jocke, BSB Principal, focused his closing speech in Nelson Mandela’s inspiring words to the South African rugby team in 1995 World Cup, based on Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “The Man in the Arena”: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, […]; who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Mr Locke concluded: ”I hope, and I think that the evidence is clear, that BSB has helped you to understand how important it is that you put yourself in that arena, and you don’t stand in the side-lines with those cold and timid souls. Thank you for your contributions, good luck, and we wish you all the best”.
These inspiring words were the perfect end to a graduation ceremony full of amazing memories, as well as bright dreams and hopes for the future. A refreshing cocktail followed in the garden preceded by a photo group of the Class of 2019. Recent graduates and the teaching staff enjoyed a delicious dinner.
Many congratulations to our new BSB Alumni! This is an exciting time for them with so much to look forward to, and we wish them all the best.