Founders Day 2016
At the end of every academic year, in what is always a special and poignant Founders Day celebration, we say goodbye to our outgoing Year 6 pupils and wish them all the best as they embark upon the next stage of their education.
This year’s celebrations were held over two separate days, the 7th and the 19th of July 2016. On the 7th of July there was a memorable Leavers Concert held in St Stephen’s Church. The audience, made up of parents, carers, governors and staff, were welcomed by The Revd. Buckle and our Headteacher, Mrs Dyer.
This year’s concert was The Lion King, based on Disney’s award winning epic musical film of the same name. The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of the Pride Lands. After Simba’s Uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible, and flees into exile. Upon maturation living with two new friends Timon and Pumba, Simba is given some valuable perspective from his childhood friend, Nala, and his shaman, Rafiki. He then returns to challenge Scar to end his tyranny and take his place in the Circle of Life as the rightful King.
The much loved songs from this musical was brilliantly and hauntingly performed by the Year 6 students, with choral support from Keystage 2 children and flawless piano accompaniment by Mr Carden. The stirring and inspiring songs moved the audience to tears and at the end of the play, there was rapturous and thunderous applause from all.
The guest of honour, The Lord Mayor Locum Tenens of Westminster, Councillor Jan Prendergast, then addressed our Year 6 leavers, telling them that they were powerful beyond measure and encouraging them to shine in everything that they do. The concert ended with everyone joining in singing Streets of London, with the blessing given by The Revd. Buckle.
On the 19th of July, there was a touching and moving farewell presentation held in the First Floor Hall in front of an audience of staff, governors, KS2 children, parents and carers. The Year 6 leavers reprised The Circle of Life from The Lion King, which provided an apt refrain for the day, and spoke about their memorable moments at Burdett-Coutts.
Mrs Dyer and The Revd. Buckle then addressed the Year 6 leavers before a film looking back on their time at Burdett-Coutts was shown, to much hilarity and amusement. Mrs Pattenden also presented special certificates to the Year 6 pupils who had participated in the bell-ringing club.
In closing, specially commissioned leaving gifts were given to all the Year 6 leavers with all our best wishes as they progress to secondary education. We will miss you tremendously. And though we are sad to see you go, we are very excited about the opportunities we know you will find in the future.
Many thanks to all the Year 6 staff – Ms Manuel, Mr Brickell, Ms McCormack and Miss McMahon – for their commitment and support throughout the year. A very special thank you goes to Mr Carden for his help with the concert and also to Miss Cameron, Mrs Rose, Miss Russell and Ms McCormack for the amazing costumes and face painting!