I read a sixth year yearbook over the weekend. As I read their comments on the last year I couldn’t help but ask myself if is hadn’t been a complete waste of time for many.
Perhaps we need to radically review the purpose and form of sixth year at school? I believe it has the potential to provide a very positive bridge between the safe and nurturing environment of home and school and the wider world they must engage with on making their own way in the world.
In many ways sixth year hasn’t changed much since I was at school – committees, dances, common rooms, skipping classes, prefect duties, “study” periods, ‘free’ periods – and that was 32 years ago!!!!
Surely there could be an alternative which might be more fitting to the times in which we live?