What a year it has been. I thought it pertinent to write tonight, after our final day of the summer term. A day in which we said a very fond farewell to Rachel Heard, our fabulous TA who, after 11 years of giving so much to Westwood school will now be progressing to teacher training. I know that Rachel will make an excellent practitioner and we all wish her every success, but with sadness to see her go. We also said goodbye to our fabulous Year 6 children and what a super group of children they are. Full of personality, humour, respect and hard work, it has been a joy to see them grow this year and i know that they will do well at St Laurence. Today we also said goodbye to four of our school community, Jemima, Josh, Robbie and Arthur who are off to pastures new. Good luck to them and they will also be missed.
The end of the year is a great time to reflect on what has passed and so much has been achieved at Westwood this year. The school community welcomed me so warmly into the post of head teacher and I have never looked back, working with a wonderful staff team, super children, supportive governors and parents alike. It seems a long time ago in some ways that my first foray into FoWs life was the Ceilidh back in October and that set the tone for so many exciting things to come. We are so lucky to have our Friends and their ability to raise so much money for the school to benefit the children in so many ways.
So now, as we go our separate ways for 5 weeks, can I thank you all for your kind words, enthusiasm and for not leaving me to drink coffee and eat cake on my own each term! Your attendance at both tea with the head and our weekly celebration assemblies says so much about the strength and support of our school community.
Have a wonderful summer and fingers crossed that the good weather stays for at least a week!