Everyone at Ashbourne is working hard to match last year’s excellent A Level results, in which 54% of our results were A or A*. Although the Summer Term is a period of revision and exams, cultural and artistic life continues. Ashbourne’s annual end-of-year art show opens on Friday 5 June and is sure to be a stimulating event, following the recent exhibition of students’ work held at the Troubadour Café Gallery in Earls Court in March. The Troubadour show was a great opportunity to see innovative and challenging work in a professional gallery setting – with spectacular results!
You might like to watch a brief film about this on our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0AV7advlm0
We will hold another event outside the College, including music and poetry as well as fine art, in the Autumn term. Please see www.ashbournecollege.co.uk for details. In the meantime our students are entering the Leighton House Museum art exhibition for schools in June – a competition in which Ashbourne students often win the main prizes. We are keeping our fingers crossed.
On a more purely recreational note, on 25 April we organized a day trip to the Lake District. We visited Ullswater, Windermere, Derwent Water, Orrest Head and Friar’s Crag; hiked and skimmed stones; and even had a slight misunderstanding with a sheep. A surprising number of A2 students came, keen to relax for a day from the stresses of exams and metropolitan life!
Perhaps most importantly of all, Ashbourne will be holding its annual Leaver’s Dinner at the Kensington Close Hotel on 29 May. This is a black-tie event, with a three-course dinner followed by speeches and awards. As well as presenting some academic prizes, one per faculty in the school, we have asked the Head Boy and Head Girl to prepare a few ‘funny’ awards (the funniest student, the best dressed student and so forth). After that, there will be some time for dancing, taking photos in a specially hired booth and enjoying a chocolate fountain. The event will be lots of fun, as well as celebrating Year 13’s achievements at the school. Above all it’s a chance to say goodbye.