End of School Year
They say that time flies, but my goodness it feels like we’ve been travelling through this year at a supersonic speed. Perhaps I missed the blue Tardis somewhere in the school grounds that helped us to go forward in time so quickly to the end of the school year!
A school is a place of learning, not just for exams and for future careers, but also life-long learning of lessons, experiences and skills. Good schools create a love of learning, an inquisitiveness, and determination to succeed and be fulfilled. We learn to work as a team and to develop our own strengths.
I can honestly say that I have learnt so much this year. I didn’t expect the year to shape up quite as it has done, and when I was exploring my own professional next steps in November I did not envisage how the next seven months would turn out. There have been challenges and so many opportunities in the last months, and while there has been no guide to leading a school through Covid-19 (that’s a money-maker for the future), I have been grateful for the support of colleagues, parents and pupils as I have needed to make tough decisions quickly and in the interests of pupils.
Rye’s vibrant and strong community of current pupils and parents, alumni and staff have been steadfast throughout these times, and it is a pleasure to be part of such a strong team. I know that Miss King and Miss Rendall would be proud of the successful, happy and kind children with which the Rye community continues to bustle.
As we prepare to close the gates for the final time this academic year, I would like to a say a very big thank you to parents and colleagues for their support, and for being so resolute and determined to get through this year. But my biggest thanks goes to the pupils. To every child, current and past, who is part of the Rye community – thank you for making this such a fantastic school. It is, and will always be, a privilege to work here and lead such inspirational people.