Class of 2020
Dear class of 2020,
This is the first, and last, time that I’ve ever addressed a class on this blog with a letter. But due to my sudden departure from school this week and the subsequent coronavirus lock down, I feel that it’s necessary.
We started as a class back in 2017, when you were fresh faced year 9 students. I had been warned that some of you were underachieving or poorly behaved – but I didn’t ever see an ounce of that in ANY of you. Sure, we’ve had times when I’ve gone CRAZY about lack of participation with homework or speech planning and preparation, but otherwise your work ethic and progress has always impressed me.
More than that, as a group I feel that we have bonded and created a safe space in school in our lesson time. A place to learn, to feel free, to grow. You have given me hope that my job has purpose and value, at a time when I have had personal doubts about my role as an educator and for that I thank you.
However the GCSE results are decided, and I hope that it is fair and equitable to you all, please know that you have already ‘passed the test’ in my eyes – by being a great group of very individual and lovely young people. Own your identity. Own your beliefs and values. Own your dreams. These are the things that you will carry forever.
As for me, I’ll remember you as the tenth and final class of GCSE students who I took through the school. I’ll remember our Big Fat Quizzes, Thursday afternoon off-topic chats, poetry chants, cussing out and laughter together.
Take care, peace out (drops microphone)
Rayan – You’re basic!
Shabnam – You told me to keep trying and keep believing… Thank you.
Nelakson – Young Nutella. Hide your car keys.
Kaamil – Shuuuush!
Ajay – The name’s Bond, Ajay Bond.
Hiren – For the lads.
Sunika – 2020 was a legendary year: WW3, coronavirus, my GCSE results…
Elliot – I’m gonna have a nap when I get home.
Abdullah – A teacher, an influencer, you gave me confidence. You always remember the books that I stole. You are always invited for Turkish/Somali food. If I make a mil, I’m coming your way!
Uzair – Got away with being on phone in lesson.
Marwaan – You all may say to me, I’m a risk-taking anarchist but I don’t care what you say. Because to create future, risks need to be made. Because of the risks I take, my name will stand at the top. Marwaan will be known to all. The man with the most freedom and I can do it because I believe I can. No matter how hard or impossible it may seem, I’ll never lose sight of my goal. That’s what the people before me have taught me and what experiences has taught me. Maybe I’ll live without not making that goal a reality but at least I tried. Giving up has never been an option because it’s not shameful to fall but shameful to not get back up
Aadit – Striving silently.
Ramzi – Speak up.
Abshir – Meme quality manager, Greater Interstellar Agency for the Wellbeing of Academics aged 300-900.
Bhadir – Guys who go to the toilet during English are worrying about the wrong PEE.
Lavanya – “Ya’ basic!” But I was never basic 😦
Rio – I hope the virus wipes us all out.
Eshika – You’re basic!
Tia – I was scared about doing my speech in year nine but I owned it in year eleven like a bad b! #realestteacher #msryan #bigfatquiz #feedsusfood
Rahima – Monster munch supplier.
Sahar – Always had something to say, always a laugh.
Shaira – I’ve never had a teacher quite like you, thank you for everything.
Nem – yOu’Re bAsIc!!!
Vyen – The silent assassin at the back of the class.
Mahad – Couldn’t ask for a better teacher. Hold Tight. When I make it, imma shout you!
Class of 2019
Raheema “Sort your lives out!”
Hanzi “My highlight is brighter than my future”
Zara “Sorrow only increases with knowledge. Don’t revise”
Nawaf “Sorry, Nawaf, today’s literature”
Ahmed C. “The car was white” The writer cleverly uses adjectives to show the contrast in colour. This symbolises the themes of race and dark and light. The writer’s message could be showing us the colour of the car.
Kunjal “IDK what to write”
Arun “Dead trim – I’m so sorry, Arun!”
Munishvar “School is boring”
Rathushan “You’re all cringe and pathetic” – Miss Ryan
Kabir “Put your blazer on!”
Jasleen “Tanya is a fiend-like queen”
Tanya “Jas is a dead butcher, thou shan’t sin”
Sam “We have the best teacher, a real teacher helps us and gives us advice. Still a potato though. Is this a potato I see before me?”
Manjina – “Fake it ’til you make it!”
Maryam “The one who was never here”
Ahmed N. “I’m broke baby”
Krunal “SkSk all the way to the top”
Sunny R. “Miss, I’ve been on my phone too much during lesson without being caught!” 🙂
Junaid “I am Iron Man”
Akash “Everyone take a look at Akash and Ahmed’s work” They are the teacher’s pets.
Aaron “Ay-Ay-Ron: Five years later and I’m still an idiot. Thanks for nothing Rushey.
Sunny S. “The one who made random noises!”
Vidhi “Always smile”
Hamzah “Just fly and write”
Denish “Denish the menace”
Rajiv “Men can get raped”
Deval “You’re basic!”
Vishal “Dem tell me”
Enrico “Pizza and spaghetti” 🙂
Ms Ryan “I’ll knock you out – metaphorically, of course.”
Class of 2018
Rashaad: I hate Shakespeare
Keval: Loved getting hammered for doodling. And the sneezing crisis!
Sharif: Crispy cremes and ice cream.
Krina: Thank you, Ms Ryan. You’ve helped me a lot.
Hamza: How much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world.
Parisha: Ms Ryan’s vocals have honestly enlightened me – “Just sayin’!”
Sade: On a wave like a durag.
Abhi: Breathless horror.
Mandeep: Not all Germans are Nazis.
Irfaan: Life is not a game
Punya: Life is but a walking shadow.
Shekhar: Tell us more stories.
Praneal: Work hard, but not TOO hard.
Rashi: I hate Mandeep Kaur.
Ramzi: Blood Brothers is Lit!
Riya: I HATE poetry.
Ayesha: Ms Ryan is my favourite teacher.
Pratham: “Do you know what? You guys worry about too much (INSERT ROAST HERE)”
Jetal: I’m an innocent flower and the serpent under it.
Jasmin: Love Life.
Angel: Queen of queens – AJ
Dhaval: The Earth is flat.
Salmah: Yes, I have small eyes. No, I am not Chinese.
Muhammed: Don’t revise – JK!
Kamil: From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favour fire.
Ishika: You have increased my confidence in English
Deqa: I’m malicious because I’m miserable.
Ms Ryan: I’ve already got my GCSEs!
Class of 2017
Dhruvik: Keep smiling and smile more.
Tia: Treasure the memories.
Vibhuti: Change makes everything.
Priya: Monster Munch!
Priyanka: Creative, love English!
Kieran: New jacket every month.
Inkal: Big handwriting, more paper!
Vishal: Stay focused.
Khushi: We will miss you.
Abdi: Money doesn’t bring you happiness, remember that.
Jabril: Skills on the piano keys.
Abhay: Big Friendly Giant.
Shrini: Shiny like blossoms.
Arjan: Only kid with a turban in the class.
Muheeth: I love Tia.
Dhaval: Lost half the time.
Bhumika: I came here late but you helped my English.
Class of 2016
Rubica: Hi :p
Mohammed: We go again.
James: Fire burns brighter in the dark.
Tariq: Keep it real.
Priteche: Congratulations. You wasted your time reading this. I’m Pritz 😉
Vanisha: A dream is a wish your heart makes.
Nikita: Keep it classy!
Preeti: Don’t stress the could haves. If it should have, it would have.
Simran: I’m a princess.
Anisha: Me? Mature? I still laugh when the ketchup bottle farts.
Nirav: Is it?
Aanisha: Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien.
Denoth: Legitimacy is the best policy 🙂
Lipesan: My name is Sheela, Sheela Keetavani.
Bijal: Invest in your dream. Grind now, shine later.
Abdulbari: We’re always running to avoid difficult decisions. Run, Bari, Run!
Tameekha: Do the best you can to be the best you can.
Poonam: Being normal is boring.
Yuvraj: Another one.
Rethush: RKO out of nowhere.
Maariya: Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Akbar: Smile more.
Rikesh: You’ll never walk alone.
Bhumika: We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle. Marilyn Monroe.
Ruchi: No matter which way you go or turn, you will always end up at home.
Daud: Sit down and listen when an oppressed group are speaking out. Do the opposite when they’re being attacked.
Ms Ryan: A star, fam.
Class of 2015
Tasneem – “I know not what a witch is.”
Keshlee – Scenery without solace is meaningless.
Anjli – I have an eternal desire for food.
Paricce – Seek God. Be educated. Get money. Dress well. Stay humble.
Nipul – This is the best class ever!
Zoya – If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Amelia – A lickle bit weird. Burgers.
Hafsa – “I’ve learnt that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” Maya Angelou.
Trupal – “To be or not to be”.
Krishna – Education is the key to success. Success is pointless if it is no use to other people. “In the joy of others, lies our own” HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Imran – It ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
Kyan – I never get the joke.
Hannah – “So remember this is Bieber’s world. You’re just living in it. Bieber or die.” Justin Bieber.
Ramzi – Last one.
Avinash – Wolf Gang.
Kushal – I hate to PEE.
Shivani – Work hard. Play hard.
Mariam – Don’t choke Miss… lol.
Vinali – If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.
Amardeep – Scary Rabbit!
Mihir – I’ve gone much better.
Chloe – Whatever you do in life is insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it because no one else will.
Jessica – I love smiley faces 🙂
Guled – I am a unicorn.
Ms Ryan – “Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” Alice Walker.
Class of 2014
Imran/Erick – “‘You ain’t ruined,’ said she.”
Rhea – If this class was bogies, I’d pick my nose all the time. Believe, achieve and don’t conceive!
Darshan – Trees are a way of life. Never hurt ’em, always hug ’em.
Hiren – He who shall be last, shall be sideways and smiling.
Kishan M. – Pokemon: Gotta catch ’em all!
Omar – The needs of the many outweigh the needs of one or the few.
Saqib – Pain is weakness leaving the body.
Vaishali – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Hamzah – A successful man is one who can make more money than his wife can spend.
Prem – Live every moment, laugh everyday, love beyond words.
Priyanka – Believe in yourself.
Namrata – If ‘plan A’ didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay Cool!
Saudah – You can make a difference if you try.
Roshni – Everything happens for a reason.
Misha – It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it!
Dhaval – Some succeed because they are destined to. We succeed because we are determined to.
Simran – Baby Doll
Mahesh – Roses are red, violets are blue, but you will always know that I’m watching you!
Kishan V – Dream it, believe it, achieve it.
Jesal – The quiet achiever.
Dina – Tiny handwriting, huge heart.
Ms Ryan – ‘I think a need a cup of tea’ – Erykah Badu
Class of 2013
We have studied together since the start of year 9, way back in 2010! We have learnt a lot in that time and have dreams of excellence in this summer’s exams.
Roshni – I’m a professional procrastinator
Riah – Day Dreamer
Ravi – I was scared to hold girls’ hands in year 9, now I’m always at it!
Wayde – You won’t find anyone like me. “Promise that you will sing about me”
Vanisha – Really enjoy English, one of my favourite subjects
Sahil – Sleep is the best medicine for the mind.
Amran – Ups and Downs.
Bhavini – Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Fear is a friend misunderstood.
Navraj – I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.
Priya – Music is the way of your heart. “If I can’t save my crew, how can I be a good captain?” – Monkey D Luffy.
Chandni – I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t say a word, who sits at the curb and waits for the world. But I’m about to break out, about to break out like kryptonite.
Dip – Impossible is two letters too long.
Deepali – I love food.
Dipesh – limitations is just a word. Joke – limitations are physical, financial and psychological.
Mira – My greatest achievement is watching 7 seasons of Dexter in 2 weeks.
Mrunnal – Get rich or die tryin’.
Shivani – Never give up, try your best that’s all you need to do.
Harish – Work hard, play hard.
Jiten – Keep studying. It is the future.
Harsh – I love maths!
Sheevani – I love cupcakes.
Natasha – Wherever, whenever, don’t give up.
Jisha – Art is my passion, sport is my life.
Miss Ryan – Knowledge is power.
We are a class of 24 year eleven students in our final year of Secondary school. We have been together as an English class for 3 years, here is what we have to say…
Shivani – You only get one shot…
Gregg – And all the girls say I’m pretty fly for a white guy. (The Offspring)
Chandni – It is your choices that show who you are far more than your abilities (Albus Dumbledore) .
Shruti – There is no such thing as a bad idea, just poorly executed awesome ones.
Asma – Fashion is what you’re offered 4 times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion.
Roshani – The harder you work, the more motivated you are and you’re more likely to succeed.
Jack – Don’t worry about a thing, because every little thing is gonna be alright.
Bhavu – What goes around, comes around. Twilight, the smell of petrol and horror films are my cup of tea.
Dixita – I have a paradox, that if you love until it hurts then there can be no more hurt (Mother Theresa) I have an everlasting passion for dance that I will hold on to forever.
Jerome – Love food, PS3, sports. Hate celebrities and annoying quotes like ‘Y.O.L.O’.
Boaz – The greatest mistake you can make in life is being afraid of making one.
Nishita – If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.
Joshua – What’s the point? Love Tottenham FC, hate Arsenal.
Dilan – Cricket is my religion and Sachin is my god. AND I love Ellie Goulding. Say no more.
Mitesh – There is more to life than just increasing its speed.
Karum – Leave it yeah! Dench!.
Radhika – J’adore le chien. Je deteste Tanisha (not). I am a ‘weeraj’ thanks to Miss Ryan.
Savena- The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club. Hakuna Matata!
Abbie May – If haters want to hate, then let them. Just don’t let it affect you.
Ashneil – E=mc (squared).
Tanisha – I love the colour orange and pot noodles. When I grow up, I want a telephone box in my house.
Vishal – Love, Life, Live. Proceed Progress.
Adam – For success, attitude is as important as ablity.
Miss Ryan – .Read more, learn more, change the globe. (Nas)
Miss Belcher – Life is like a bag of Revels: you never know what you’re getting (Malteasers, Minstrells). Sometimes you get a nice surprise (Orange); sometimes you get a nasty surprise (Coffee) and sometimes it’s a test of endurance (toffee).
Class of 2011