This is my final letter of the year to you (except for the updates around our reopening!) It is both a letter of sincere thanks and also goodbyes. I apologise for the length in advance.
Firstly, I want to express my thanks to you all. This has certainly been an unprecedented time and something that we have all had to adapt to, in both our working and personal lives. You have taken over the role of teacher within your households and judging by the quality of work I have seen, you have done a remarkable job.
You have managed a multitude of things, not least children in multiple year groups, whilst holding down your own jobs, supporting family members and still being the parent. This is nothing short of amazing.
We must as a school community, continue to work together over the coming year and faces any new challenges and changes together.
I must turn to my staff here too. They have been, without any doubt, a force to be reckoned with. I have been so impressed but not surprised by their passion and commitment to the children, our families and the school site. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. Everyone has had a role to play and without any of them, it simply wouldn’t have worked. We have so much to be proud of at Monteagle and this just adds another thing to our list.
As it is the end of term, we have some goodbyes to say, which are especially sad this year as we cannot all be together.
To our Year 6 pupils. You have been simply astounding. You have dealt with so much and yet through it all have come through it smiling. You will all enjoy secondary school so much, you are ready! Conquer the world!
We also say goodbye to some much loved staff members this year.
Ms Hind who has worked as a trainee teacher in Year 2 is leaving us and moving to be closer to her family. She has demonstrated that she is an excellent teacher and I have no doubt that her first class will love her creativity and warm personality.
Ms McGarry and Ms Carmody are leaving us after two brilliant and successful years at Monteagle.
Ms McGarry is returning home to Ireland much to the delight of her family to continue her teaching career. Ms McGary is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the kindest and most compassionate teachers I have met. She cares deeply for the children in her class and will be missed for her calmness and positive outlook on life.
Ms Carmody is starting a new life in sunny Sussex combining teaching with delivery runs and ice cream making! In her two years with us she has proven herself to be an incredibly competent and passionate teacher ready to go the extra mile for all children and her colleagues. We will miss her can do attitude and positivity.
Their new schools are so fortunate to have them. We will all miss them and wish them every success and happiness in their new jobs and moves. You will be amazing.
We also say a particularly sad goodbye to Mr Sheffle who is leaving us after 7 years at Monteagle. Mr Sheffle will be sorely missed by staff and children alike. He is a truly outstanding teacher, the fittest person I am sure most of us have ever met (do not challenge him to any race, triathlon or marathon) and one of life’s good people. He has been part of the most successful year 6 team in the borough and one of the best nationally and has influenced the lives of so many children in his time with us. I know his presence will be missed by all of the staff at Monteagle and I truly wish him every success in whatever he chooses to do next.
Thank you all for your continued support of the school. We couldn’t do it without you all. I look forward to seeing you again in September for a more normal year, where we will be able to continue to build upon the work we have done and continue to make our school a truly outstanding one.