This is my last piece for the St Bernadette’s Newsletter as I will be moving to Good Shepherd, Plumpton as Assistant Principal in 2023. Having worked in a small school, as I have previously, it will be a big change and I must admit that I am a little nervous. It will most definitely be a challenge but something that I am looking forward to.
That is something I hope that we as teachers, and you as parents, encourage in our students - the challenge of change and the excitement of challenge. Change is really hard, especially for children. Children thrive on routine - they are at their best when they go to bed at the same time, go to school regularly and participate in regular after school activities - but they do need to know how to handle change. This week we farewell another cohort of Year 6 students who move off to the adventure of high school. We prepare them as much as we can with the practicalities of high school, but we also try and prepare them for all the other changes they will face, such as making friends, being on time for classes and being organised and independent. We also need to encourage our children to embrace new challenges, even when they appear hard or scary. Challenging situations help us to grow and prepare for the next stage in our lives.
I want to thank the whole St Bernadette’s community for my time here. It was a pleasure to work with our staff and families through the most challenging of times and see the way the school community rallied afterward to come back together and enjoy events together again. I know that every member of staff has each and every child’s best interests at heart and work so hard to see each one of them achieve their goals. I will always look back on my time at St Bernadette’s with happiness which is due to the wonderful community that exists here. Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas break filled with special times with family and friends.
Have a wonderful week,