It seems fitting to dedicate this week’s blog to those who will be leaving our Pre-Prep family at the end of this week.
My first farewell is to our Year 2 children.The longest serving members of the group have been with us for five years whilst one child has only been with us for one term.It is within this year group we also find the very first members of Pelican Nursery 1 which opened its doors for the first time in February 2014.However regardless of the length of time they have been a member of our community they have all contributed to it in their own unique way.There are children who have been great leaders in inspiring ideas both inside and outside the classroom, children who have shone on the sports field or in the Arts, children who have been hugely helpful to staff with their helpfulness and children who have been great role models for kindness and in their consideration of others.The last few weeks have seen them immersed in rehearsals for the summer show and I cannot fault their commitment to working as a team to make it an incredible performance.Leading the summer show is an honour bestowed upon Year 2 each year as it is in many ways the finale and culmination of their time in Pre-Prep.They all have speaking parts and their time on stage is significantly greater than anyone else’s.This brings a great lesson in responsibility for them as they know the success of the show lies in their hands and will depend on how well they work together.I have been most impressed with the swiftness at which they learned lines, the natural acting talent that lies within many of them and of their confidence in contributing their own ideas for stage direction and choreography.I have no doubt they will make us all proud on Thursday morning.
The end of this week will also mark the end of a journey for many Pre-Prep families and so my second farewell is to them.I have had the pleasure of seeing some of these children grow from ‘bumps’ into the confident, happy children they are today which really is one of the best things about my ‘job’.The relationships we build with the families of the children are so important and I feel proud we do this well.I would like to thank all the families who have come to the end of their Pre-Prep journey for the loyalty, support and friendship they have shown to us over the duration of their child’s time with us.
We also say ‘farewell’ to Miss Reed and Miss Hole.Miss Reed joined the Pre-Prep staff team at the start of summer term 2017 as maternity cover for Mrs Gray.She taught a Reception class for the first term and has taught a Year 2 class for the past 3 terms.She is a brilliant teacher whose company we have enjoyed and whose experience and creativity we have both admired and benefitted from.We will miss her but wish her all good wishes as she begins her new adventures whatever they end up being!Miss Hole completed a student placement in Reception during Michaelmas term 2017 and impressed us so much we asked her to stay and support ratios in Nursery 1 for 2 days a week.We have no doubt she will be a shining light in education in the future and thank her for all she has done.
To each and every one of those to whom we are saying farewell they will each have played a part in our history and will be remembered fondly for all they have contributed which has inevitably helped us grow to be the strong, vibrant and happy place we are today.We hope they won’t be strangers and will come back now and then to let us know about their new adventures.