Parents will recall last week’s article in which I praised the staff – teaching, administrative and support staff. This week, I want to pay tribute to the students. We have just had a great few days of celebrating the students’ achievements be it in prize giving assemblies, in exhibitions of art, music and dance, for progress made and high standards in learning. The students themselves have shown how inspired they have been in lessons, in the subject matter, the style of teaching and through the teachers themselves to produce some, frankly, incredible work and student outcomes. I remain extremely thankful to the teachers but I am equally so proud of the children. You can read more in the two heads’ of section letters this week.
The vote of thanks from Johnny (Year 12) at the end of the Secondary Assembly summed it up for all sections. He said, “It has been an immense year…let’s go and make next year even bigger and better than this year!” I could not agree more. Each year, we look to learn from areas of improvement and build upon the successes in an upward spiral of success.
I would, however, like to pay particular tribute to the musicians. Ms Sue Pogson has done an incredible job in building participation in music across the school, and often single-handedly too. The students have responded so well and the pieces played at the Primary Beginners’ Concert today and in the Secondary Prize Giving provide ample evidence of the fruits of her considerable labours. We are rapidly approaching our dream of starting our first orchestra and I am extremely grateful to Ms Sue and to all the students for helping to make this dream a reality, through the variety of instruments played and the skill levels displayed by children of all ages.
I would like to take this final opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our departing staff who have served the students so faithfully for many years and with such great passion for their subject, interests and activities. And to all of our departing students, we say the fondest farewell. We miss every student after they leave, as teaching is such a relational professional. We wish them all the very best in their futures. We trust they will stay in touch and will meet again.
To our parents, I say a heartfelt word of thanks for your support and willingness to walk with us on our journey. It is undoubtedly great fun as we partake in building a great legacy in education here. We have much to do and many more ideas to share.
We wish you a safe, happy and enjoyable holiday together as families, and look forward to seeing you all again in August. Details of exactly when will follow in due course, with plans for Orientation Days and first days in school – but, as we end the term, that’s definitely not for now.
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal