Our Principal Miss Hughes-Williams writes an end-of-year message as we break up for the Summer…

So here we are at the threshold of a summer break without restrictions and thresholds are always a good place to pause.

Our term has ended in a flurry of awards and recognition for our students who have been making consistently brilliant choices throughout the year; regardless of the individual challenges they have faced.  From “Thinking Reading” graduation ceremonies to curriculum badges, letters of congratulation, praise notes and ice cream vans on the field it is important to remember to reward and to celebrate; there should always be time for joy.

This year of full return has been challenging for some and required significant adjustments from many who were used to either working or learning from home.  Needless to say I am so very proud of our children, our staff and our trustees who have worked so hard this year and we have all appreciated the messages of thanks, home baked goods and cards that have flooded in at the end of this term. Thank you!

In addition to a full year without virtual learning, we have seen the return of external examinations, field trips, increased participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, a brilliant school production, summer concerts, rock concerts, sporting success and a whole host of emerging opportunities that will continue to broaden in the Autumn Term.  Our students’ talents are many and varied and we need to ensure high quality experiences outside as well as inside the classroom which will continue to be a focus for development in the Autumn.

There is much to look forward to in September as we come back to school with a clear focus on the future and shaping the educational landscape to come.  Maya Angelou writes:

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.”

I hope that whatever you are doing or not doing this holiday that you stay safe and have some problem free days of summer and we look forward to seeing you at the beginning of a new academic year.

J Hughes Williams