Today my daughter left home in a blazer too small for her 18 year old self. Proud to wear her school tie and blazer once again which has hung in her wardrobe since year nine.
Chloe has loved her time at secondary school and it was the perfect school for her. Despite it not being the school she wanted me to put down some 8 years ago when we started looking at secondaries! Instead I sent her to the school I believed in. The school that I believed would nurture, challenge and support her.
I was not wrong and here I want to publically say thank you.
- Thank you for the tutors that encouraged her both personally and academically. Chloe arrived in her form like a whirlwind and quickly made friends. She settled so fast due the support in place for Year 7’s
- The sports department and especially Mrs M and Mrs D you have created a young lady with confidence in her abilities and rock solid thighs. Hockey is in her blood and that is down to your unfailing belief in her. You spotted a talent in her and nurtured it. You put her forward for JDC trials and look where that went. If she didn’t have hockey I know she wouldn’t be as fulfilled as she is. Hockey is what she based her University application on and I know that if the hockey is right everything else will be. I cannot thank you enough as you have both played such an important role in her life these past 7 years. I know that she will miss you so much.
- I was a teacher myself and taught this age group. I was a great teacher but quit for numerous reasons. One of those reasons was the increasing pressure heaped on teachers but I thank all of Chloe’s teachers for pushing through it and putting my daughter first. I admire your resilience and thank you for the hours I know that you put in outside of the classroom. The hours I know you spend marking at weekends. It has not been taken for granted and you are amazing for it.
- To those who gave up their school holidays to take Chloe and her friends to Ardeche, again I thank you. That coach journey makes you braver than many.
- Chloe overachieved in her GCSE’s – I know she delivered ‘value added’to your statistics. She was a mid-grade student and yet as we opened that envelope A’s and B’s glittered in front of our eyes. That is down to your teaching, you instilled a work ethic into her and she followed your advice. Since those results, she has gained in confidence she believed in herself.
- My daughter has grown before my eyes, she is a good person. She has a sense of community, she has understood that hard work pays off and I cannot take credit for that alone. The saying it takes a village to raise a child is true and everyone at St Peter’s has played a part in that.
When she leaves Sixth Form today I know that she will leave with mixed emotions. She is well prepared for the next steps but I know she will miss the comforting cocoon that is St Peter’s.
St Peter’s has done my girl proud and I know that she will always treasure her many happy memories and be ever grateful for all the opportunities that she has had.