Friday, 23rd July 2021
Well... here we are! As we stand at the end of another academic year, we have so much to reflect on. This year has been a year of many challenges, with a number of months teaching the children from home, but also a year where we have so much to be thankful for, with our school continuing to grow from strength to strength.
I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement, for your prayers and your kind words. I speak on behalf of all of my staff when I say that we feel so very privileged to work in such a special place, with incredible children and amazing families. Can I particularly thank you for your kind gifts and cards that we have received in the last few days - after the last year, your thoughts and encouragement is so very very appreciated.
Do take time to relax and share time with your families over the coming weeks. We have attached some suggestions to improve your Mental Health over the Summer and the BBC bitesize website also has some also some useful tips on wellbeing and managing anxiety as the world starts to open up again: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zchysk7
Today will be also filled with a sense of sadness as we say goodbye to a number of children, including 84 incredible and mature Year 6 children. We have attached a booklet for Year 6 parents about transitioning to Year 7 which we hope you will find useful. We are really proud of the children we grow at St Edward’s and know that each of these individuals are ready for the next stage of their educational journey and they go from here well prepared and equipped to be a blessing in their new communities.
We also say goodbye to a number of very long serving members of staff this year: Mrs Hetchin (14 years, who is moving to a new school), Mrs Petre (19 years, who is relocating out of the area) and a number of staff who are retiring: Mrs Butler and Mrs Lauder (20 years), Mrs Goldrick (21 years) and Mrs Toghill and Mrs Lomas (25 years). With nearly 150 years of service between these seven ladies, we give thanks for the lives they have influenced and the impact they have had. They all go into very exciting new chapters in their lives with our love, knowing they will forever remain part of our school family and I am sure a number of them we will see around school at events in the future.
As you will have seen from my email earlier this week, which you can also find attached, we go into the new academic year with plans, but still much uncertainty. We will be in touch throughout the summer, as we need to, to share more. You can also contact us via the school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to. One thing we can be assured of is that we go into this new academic year, as a school, in an incredibly strong place, united as a community to share in the joys, successes and challenges to come, striving to experience ‘Life in all it’s fullness’ in all that we do.
Thank you for the privilege of going on this journey with us. I hope and pray that you all have a very enjoyable, safe and blessed summer holiday.