The end of this academic year is fast approaching, and I just wanted to extend a heart-felt ‘thank you’ for your ongoing support for all that we do here at ‘Eddies’ - and there is much to reflect on and be proud of!  

This year has been a particularly positive one in so many ways as we have been able to come together again as a school community to participate in events and enjoy one another’s company.  The old adage is true, we only realised what we had lost in this respect until we couldn’t gather as a community during the pandemic.  We have all doubly appreciated having all the wonderful community celebrations in recent times.    

Our Sports day was a great example of how our school has been restored, with every student taking part in either the sporting events or supporting their friends and classmates.  I was so happy to see the levels of participation and healthy competition and watch the queues for ice creams whilst enjoying the sunny weather.  Please read the Sports Day write-up written by William S (9M), Daniel W (9W), Katy S(9L) and Alfie M (9L) in the News Section as it gives a real taste of how brilliant our sports day was.  

Now that we feel that summer is finally upon us with this glorious hot weather, it really is a great time to rest after much hard work during the school year and recharge those internal batteries so we are ready to go again in September.  Personally, I always find that I become the most re-energised by doing something active that is good for my soul. As you know I love walking, but I do also love spending time in my garden, propagating and growing new plants and vegetables, etc.  It’ s physical work and it gets me into the fresh air, away from my normal routine which really helps to clear my mind.  However, it does take self–restraint to not collapse in front of the TV and do nothing! Over this summer period I want to ask our pupils what activities can you do that are good for your soul? What things do you need to avoid as well? My challenge to you is to spend less time on electronic devices and more time doing things in ‘the real world’! 

Year 11 nervously await their results and I would ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers over your summer holidays; they worked so hard and truly deserve to do well, especially after the last 2 years.  Year 7 have successfully completed their first year and we have also been heavily involved in the transition of the new incoming Y6 cohort.  It has been really lovely meeting new students with their parents/carers and saying hello again to those returning with younger family members.   

At this time of year, we also say goodbye to a number of colleagues who are either moving on or retiring at the end of their careers.  I would like to express my thanks for all that they have done to contribute to the life of our school, but would like to specifically mention Mr Doyle, who has committed some 36 years of his professional life to making our school such a special place.  He has been a colleague and a friend to so many here and as he is now on the brink of retirement,  on behalf of everyone I would like to wish him every happiness for the future.   

Finally, I wanted to thank you for your tremendous support throughout the year, it is what makes for a very special school community.  All that remains is to wish you a relaxing and enjoyable summer break and I look forward to working with you all next academic year.