So, the end of the year has arrived!

So, the end of the year has arrived!

Another year of learning and discovering, building and developing, challenging and achieving. It has been wonderful over the last few days to concentrate on the achievements of all of the children in school during our Pre-Prep Celebration of the year and the Prep Thanksgiving and Prizegiving service just last night. Well done, to all of the children for their contributions to these events. All of the children should feel justifiably proud of all that they have achieved throughout the year, and I am sure that they will all have their own highlights and personal triumphs. I hope that, in time, you will enjoy looking through all of their books and folders from this year and then you will be able to see for yourselves the journey that they have been on. As usual, the children’s work from this year is needed in school for the first few weeks of the new school year so that the children’s new teachers can have a good look at it. However, the books will come home as soon as possible.

Form 6 children have had a very busy last few weeks in school. Following on from their fantastic dramatic production of ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor, the children demonstrated well-developed study skills in this week’s Special Study exhibition. The quality of work on display was exceptional and was a fitting tribute to the children’s commitment to their learning over the last 8 years. I know that Form 6 children are thoroughly ready to move on to the next exciting chapter of their education and I am sure that you would join with me in wishing them all every success for the future as they continue to live out our school motto, ‘Non quis, sed quid’ (It’s not who you are but what you are).

It was great to see many families enjoying a sunny afternoon at the SMSA Fun Day on Saturday afternoon. Thank you especially to Mrs Kate Smithyes for coordinating the day and to those parents who donated items or volunteered to help on the day. SMSA events, such as the Fun Day, are an integral part of our school life and rely completely on volunteers to make them happen. If you have not thought about volunteering at an event yet, please speak to Mrs Smithyes or your year group rep to find out how you could get involved. I am especially grateful to the SMSA this year for the very generous donation of a class set of Virtual Reality goggles. These have gone down a storm with the children and they have thrown wide open the doors of exploration in learning – from the International Space Station to mountain ranges and capital cities around the world. Thank you so much … all of the contributions to SMSA events have made this very generous donation possible.

I am pleased to report that Mr Gerrard is on the mend following his recent operation; Form 5 children were delighted to see him this afternoon when he popped in for Final assembly. We wish Mr Gerrard all the best as he continues to recover in the coming weeks and months.

Sadly, we are saying good bye today to a number of families who have had a very long connection with the school as the youngest child in the family is now moving on to secondary school. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years and we wish you all every good wish for the future.

Children in Nursery to Form 4 have had a transition session with their new form teacher in the last day or two. This has given the children a chance to start to get to know their new teacher and to think about the expectations of the year ahead.  We shall be issuing updated Year group guides in September, but the current versions are available to read on the school website over the summer holidays.

Although the summer holidays are about to start, you should be receiving an email in the next week with a brief survey about the school’s provision. I invite you to complete the survey and to give the school some constructive feedback on what is going well and any areas that you would like us to look at. All comments are welcome and will be most helpful as I work with the Senior Management Team and the Governors to ensure that we are providing the children with the very best provision and outcomes in terms of their academic achievement and their personal development.

Once again, well done to all the children for all that you have learnt and achieved this year. Thank you, parents for all your support in its many different ways over the year. Thank you, staff and governors for all your dedication and hard work in helping to bring the best out of each child.  I wish everyone a very happy, refreshing and safe summer holiday, and I look forward to all that lies ahead next school year.