To the class of 2018,
There are very few cohorts of children who have achieved what you have all achieved; I feel immensely proud and privileged to have taught the vast majority of you for 2 of your junior years.
Year 6 has been exceptionally special, not least for winning your Ultimate School Trip to Mallorca and your sensational sporting achievements and your role modelling abilities to the entire school, but also your friendliness, kindness, respect and attitude to one-another and those around the school has been truly extraordinary. You have set the benchmark high for the rest of the school; this is something that I have honestly admired about you. The rest of the school look up to you and should be inspired by the great things that you have achieved: a true ‘well done’ is deserved. You go on to pastures new, but you leave behind a great legacy.
Teaching really is the most wonderful of jobs. To teach the class of 2018 has been a terrific privilege; it has been a true highlight of my teaching career to date and to have been on this year-long adventure with you will live long in my memory. You are such a cohesive and connected group of children and although it is inevitable you will make new friendship circles and face new challenges, do always try to look out for one another and support each other in the future.
You will have many more incredible adventures in the coming years, I have no doubt. But do always look back fondly and proudly of your time at Tirlebrook, as you have so many wonderful stories to tell and memories to treasure, which we hope will live long with you into adulthood. You deserve all the good that comes your way… and remember when things get tough to just dig that little bit more: you are made of tough stuff!
Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.
I started with you in Year 3 asking ‘Are you ready?’ to which you would all reply ‘I was born ready Mr. Tomkins!’…Now, at the end of Year 6, I have no choice but to say: YOU ARE READY.
Remember the quote I have had on the board all year:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison.
Once again, I want to say what a privilege it has been to
teach you; PLEASE DO keep in touch.
The Proudest Year 6 Teacher You Could Imagine!
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