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Celebration Assembly

Message from Mrs Smith:

Good afternoon everybody!

I’d like to do something slightly different for our Celebration Assembly today as it’s the last one of this unique school year. If it’s ok with you I’d like to talk about my learning this year and I’ve used some of the images that you have sent me over the last few months to help me (sadly I haven’t been able to include all of them but I want you to know that I have treasured every single one).

I think that in any school year you always teach me a lot, but in this year in particular I started to make rapid progress in my learning from the beginning of March onwards.

From that point on you taught me …

That from Day 1 of lockdown, and the darkest of times, that you were our greatest definition of …

You were out there shining like the lanterns in Mousehole Harbour, bravely reminding the fishermen that however fierce the storm is, that there will always be a safe place to come back to.

You used your talents to spread this message in your communities and again you taught me to never underestimate the power that you have to lift people’s spirits and to make people smile.


You taught me so much about  …

 

… and I feel that lockdown has gifted me a rare opportunity to really get to know so many of those amazing people that share your lives and who have worked so hard to ensure that you have continued to learn during this challenging time.

They have provided the widest and most unique curriculum that any school could ever offer and more than anything else they have done this with patience, energy and relentless  …

You have taught me how to find new ways to be …

… while we are apart and I have loved reading all of your emails, hearing about your learning and seeing what you have created each week.

You have shared with me an insight into what can be achieved when you work collaboratively with your new classmates and that there are often silver linings when life takes us through slightly trickier times …

You have taught me so much about the power of …

Who would have thought that a small gift from one of our friends …

… would turn into this?! 

You have taught me even more about the excitement, awe and wonder that comes from growing your own food …

… and how hard you are prepared to work to make the world an even greener place. Whether that’s through creating better habitats for our pollinators …

… or simply showing your treasured seedlings that you care through nurture, talk and even stories!

You have taught me even more about the power of the …

… and how precious this can be when so many other things are restricted.

You have taught me so much about what can be achieved when life allows us time and that the adults around you have created the absolute best for you during this bonus time …

You have taught me that when the pace of life slows a little that you have loved the opportunity to be able to stand and stare more and to recognise the beauty that surrounds you  …

You have taught me even more about food and the role that it has played in your homes …

You have also taught me that through our shared love of food, we can work together as a community to create some beautiful lasting legacies to mark this point in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have shared so many stories of the real life heroes within your homes and within our community and through your stories you have been able to explain a true definition of  …

… and pride in what they do …

More than anything this year though I think I have truly realised the power of …

… and I have been incredibly lucky to witness this through families and through the amazing team of people that I am surrounded by every day.

You have taught me just how exciting home learning can be with the support of the teachers in your homes as well as this incredible bunch in school …

You have also shown me how much you (and I!) have appreciated a sprinkling of technical magic on your contributions each week …

Thank you Miss Barnes for all of your wonderful films that have kept us all connected.

You have taught me that the loan of 5 feathered friends can provide the loveliest set of listening ears to help me through the most difficult of tasks.

And finally, you have taught me that a true definition of …

… for your Headteacher, is having ALL of you in school ALL of the time! I can’t wait for September (once I’ve had a little rest!).

A wholehearted thank you to you and to your families for a unique but truly beautiful year.

I would like to end our assembly today with a few farewells. I am sad to say that the lovely Mrs Beer will be retiring this summer. Anne has been a valued and much loved member of the Damers family for almost 12 years and during that time has touched the lives of so many staff, children and families within our community. Anne is a relentless source of optimism, laughter and homemade cake and it is difficult to imagine Damers without her but I know that she is about to start a new chapter in her life and will enjoy a well deserved rest and time with her family now. We wish you well Anne, we feel incredibly lucky to have worked with you and you will be greatly missed.

 We’ve had the pleasure of spending some final time with most of our Year 4s over the last few weeks, either at Leeson House or during our Lockdown Leavers’ Camps, and I think we all feel incredibly lucky to have had the chance to ensure that their farewell has been an incredibly special one this year. We all wish you the best of luck lovely leavers, you will be greatly missed at Damers and the settings that you are moving on to are in for an absolute treat! I think we should leave the final farewell, and the final reminder of what remains at the heart of our community, to our ‘Lockdown Leavers’ …

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

With warm wishes

Mrs Smith 🦋