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& Nursery School

A message from Mrs Swift

After 28 years at Keyworth Primary School Mrs Swift will be leaving her position as class teacher at the end of this term. Although Mrs Swift has not been in school this week she has sent the message below to be read out in the leavers' assembly.  I’m sure that you will all join me in thanking her and wishing her every happiness and success in the future.

Today is such a special day for so many of us here at KPNS. Miss Patel..its been such a joy and a pleasure to work with you this year. I have loved our cups of tea together (and treats!)..I think we have made a great team and I will really miss you as you move on to your new school. They are very very lucky to have you! Can you believe that I was in the exact same position as you are 28 years ago today...just completing my NQT year..but here I am all this time later..still here! There is something so special about this place that I’ve never been able to drag myself away…or more likely no one else would have me!

I have had such a wonderful year with my class...I think our trips to Hardwick Hall and the Caves of Nottingham were the most successful trips I have ever been a part of. Thank you so much to the children for all the fun and smiles you have given me. I know you will do so well as you move through school with all these fantastic teachers looking after you.

Its also the last day for Year 6 children, some of whom I was lucky enough to teach for not just 1 but 2 or maybe even 3 years. Some of you I even taught your parents! The sky is the limit for you. You have all the tools you need to face the challenges of this world with confidence and good humour. Please don’t be overwhelmed by all the terrible things that we see and read about in the news. There are far more good people in the world than bad..be kind and support each other always and there won’t be anything that you cannot do.

In fact I want all of you to know what special children you are. You knuckle down to things and get on with them. You are down to earth, responsive and eager to learn. But I think what stands out for me most is your sense of humour..I’ve had such a laugh with SO MANY of you over the years...real proper belly laughs! And I know the rest of the staff feel the same. What a good natured polite bunch of children you are..every teachers dream really. Keep on doing what you do. Try your best and everyone will love you for it like I do. I’m so proud of each and every one of you and feel so so lucky to have played a part, however small, in each of your lives. To the parents sat here today and all the others that I have got to know over the years..these children are such a credit to you. Thank you so much for all your support over the years. The endless help with swimming and reading..the little gifts of cake and chocolate that you know we all need to keep us going! I couldn’t have made it this far without you and I care for and appreciate you more than you will ever know.

And children..there is one last thing I would like to say. It’s like a little secret really. These adults in this room sitting here with you today..who come in day out to teach you, care for you and nurture you. They are not like any other teachers in any other school. They are an unbelievably special bunch of people who go way beyond the call of duty to make sure that you learn in the most exciting and creative way possible. They are full of fun, but also work ridiculously hard to make sure you enjoy and learn from every single experience you have here. Every  person in this room wants only the best for you and they work so hard to make sure that you can be not only the best students, but the best PEOPLE you can possibly be. You really are so very lucky to be at this school..as I have been..and it comes as no surprise to me at all that there are so many new children and parents knocking on the door wanting to be a part of it all. Somebody once described KPNS as a small school with a big heart. I could not have put it better myself. Through all the changes that it has been through that has never ever changed and I really do believe that it never will. You will always hold such a very special place in my heart..and I will never forget you.