To the class of 2017,
Well, what can I say?
It certainly has been an adventure with you. I will remember you for a whole variety of reasons: not least for being the first class I taught at Tirlebrook and the first Year 6 Class I took through an academic year too.
I have very fond memories of you all. You’re a special group of children who put lots of fun in to what you do and you look out for each other in the right way.
The immediate memories I recall from Year 3 include enjoying watching England with you and face painting during the 2014 World Cup (with hot dogs at half time!), bubble kingdoms of fun, autoharps with tea spoons, learning about the Stone Age at Cheltenham Museum, archery in the frost, flying high in a cockpit, the Sport Relief obstacle mile, drawing Tewkesbury on the learning wall and then performing the battle of Tewkesbury outside, climbing to the top of Tewkesbury Abbey…the list goes on.
Year 6 has been an incredible year for me, and I hope you feel it has been for you too. We have achieved SO much and things have just come thick and fast all year long: House Captain elections, World War 2 evacuee experience on board a steam train, sport leading, trips to Old Trafford and the like, Live Mathletics, Spectacle of Light, iSing Pop at Christmas, the RNLI fundraising experience, a Christmas Carol at the Everyman, successes in the 100 Word Challenge, being pattern spotters in Maths challenges, your application to the events held by Tewkesbury School (fashion show, speaking competition, etc.), performances of fairy tales to Little Oaks, Google Expeditions, our post SATs Bar Model party and of course our Isle of Wight residential!
I have so many reasons to look back on the year proudly and with a smile. I feel we have explored, enjoyed and excelled with so much that we have done together.
My parting message to you will be one that I have tried to embed with you all year, and I believe in whole-heartedly: do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do; respect and care for each other; try to see the positives in everything; tell yourself you can (because if you tell yourself you can’t, you won’t!); and be a happy, confident person who takes pride in all that you do.
I wish every single one of you every success with the next phase of your education and your futures – show the world what you are made of!
Mr. Tomkins: Are you ready for life?
You: I WAS BORN READY!
Thank you for all the very kind words and generous gifts that I and the team at Tirlebrook have received over the past few days and weeks: they mean a lot.
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