"Nature gives to every time and season unique beauty; from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it’s just a succession of changes so soft and comfortable that we hardly notice the progress." — Charles Dickens

As the seasons change and we embark on the second half of term it is very evident how important change actually is. I think one of the distinguishing features of Britain is its distinct four seasons, each with their own mood, events and celebrations. As a School, we very much embrace change by the virtue of having an academic year but also by the fact that each year we welcome the new and say goodbye to students as they become alumnae.

In the coming weeks we will welcome back many of last year’s Upper Sixth as we come together to celebrate Speech Day. For many, this will be their first time back home and at School since they left for university. What we know will be endorsed when we see them is how much their Abbey education has prepared them for the changes associated with life beyond our gates and yet, at the same time, they will also confirm how happy they are not only to be back visiting their School and staff but also knowing that this enduring link will be there for the rest of their lives.

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