As we enter the final week of term, and my last few days as headteacher of Park Hill Primary, I thought I’d take the time to write to you one last time. It has been an honour and absolute privilege to lead this school over the past three and a half years and I leave with a real sense of mixed emotions. On one hand I feel excited about what lies ahead but on the other hand (and this seems to be the overriding feeling I have at the moment) I have a real feeling of sadness that my time here is drawing to a close.
Park Hill is a wonderful school with brilliant children and a talented group of staff that work really hard to make a difference to each and every child’s life. I am indebted to the staff for their support and commitment over the past few years – they are a fantastic group of professionals. I am also indebted to you and the wider community for the support that I have received from the very first moment that I took up the post until the moment I leave. I really have appreciated this. It is important that I thank the Governors as well, as their support and guidance has helped to shape the vision and direction the school has travelled in.
Without doubt the biggest element that I will miss about Park Hill is the children. Each and every one of them is a kind and caring person – you should all feel very proud of them as they are a credit to you. Standing on the gate in the mornings has brought me a constant stream of positivity into my day and it is a wonderful thing to see so many smiley faces which are happy and eager to come to school and learn. Along with this letter, I have also written to the children (a copy of which is below) – if you get the chance please can you spend a minute reading it through with them as the theme of their letter relates directly to what has been covered in numerous assemblies.
If you have the opportunity please do drop in and say goodbye on Friday after school (complimentary mince pies will be available). Thank you for your support and I have no doubt that when Mr Griffin begins in January the school will move on to even more exciting opportunities.
LETTER TO THE CHILDREN
To the children of Park Hill,
As you grow up, here are five key things that I want you to try to remember:
1. Make sure that you work hard at school and give 100% effort in everything you do.
2. Think big about what you want to achieve in life and aim high. Never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough at something. Prove to them that you can achieve anything.
3. To be brilliant at something you have to accept that you will make mistakes – the key is to learn from your mistakes and improve. See the picture below.
4. People who achieve their goals in life put time and effort into working on things they are not so good at – even talented people. It’s all about hard work and effort.
5. The main aim in life is to be happy – make yourself and others happy by always being kind and considerate.
It has been brilliant being your headteacher over the past few years and I am proud of each one of you. You are all special and lovely people.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.