Farewell Year 6 2017

Farewell Year 6 2017

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.”

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

We are all meant to shine
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us. “

Marianne Williamson

Each year we say goodbye to our Year 6 leavers as they transfer over to their chosen secondary schools across Westminster and beyond. This is a time of mixed emotions for everyone – pupils, staff and parents and carers – but we have had the opportunity to say our fond farewells through a series of specially organised and utterly memorable events.

The first event was the School Leavers’ Service at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey organised by the St. Margaret’s Deanery on the 29th of June. On this day, Year 6 children from 10 schools joined together to mark the end of their time in primary school, celebrate their rich diversity and prepare for the adventure of starting secondary school in September.

The service was conducted by The Reverend Jane Sinclair, Canon of Westminster and Rector of St Margaret’s Church and attended by The Lord Mayor of Westminster. Our Year 6 choir were invited to sing The Lord’s my Shepherd and Your Love Will Last Forever as part of a special service which included poignant readings, hymns and prayers.

Well done to the choir for their beautiful singing and wonderful behaviour throughout the service. Thank you also to Mrs Dyer, Mrs McMullan, Miss Mattey, Mr Carden, Mr Martin and governors for attending.

This was followed by two unforgettable performances of Bugsy Malone on the 13th and 14th of July by all of Year 6.

At each packed out performance in the 1st Floor Hall, the children danced, sang, and entertained their way through a mesmerising production of the much-loved gangster musical Bugsy Malone, set during the Prohibition era of the 1920s and 30s.

The talent of the children was beyond compare – exquisite singing, fantastic staging, incomparable acting, moments of comedy and hilarity, gorgeous costumes and best of all, actual ‘splurge’ guns which was used to maximum effect.

The audience of parents, carers & families, staff and governors were treated to an epic performance and taken on a rollercoaster journey of emotions – suspense, laughter and tears.

Well done to all the children – YOU WERE UNBELIEVABLE. And a huge thank you to everyone involved: Mrs Dyer, Mrs McMullan, Miss Mattey, Miss Debbie & Miss Polly & Miss Katie (costumes & makeup), Mr Pete (staging), Mr Thompson (lighting) and of course the incomparable Mr Carden (music).

The final event to say farewell to Year 6 was the Leavers service held at St Stephens Church on the 19th of July. Distinguished guests included guest speaker Jessica Huie, and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, who presented every child with a commemorative gift bag containing a book, a t-shirt with all the leavers names and a class year book.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the church as The Rev. G. Buckle and Mrs Dyer led the audience, made up of parents, carers, all staff and children and governors, through specially selected readings, poems, songs and prayers.

We shall miss you Year 6 leavers – good luck with everything as you continue on the next step of your educational journey.