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On the last day of term Grange Primary School held the Leavers’ Service in St Paul’s Church. About 120 children and 80 adults were there to say a fond farewell to the year 6 pupils, 2 members of staff and a family of 3 moving to a new home.


The service was a very moving one and many tears were shed by adults and children alike. Tributes were paid to the year 6 pupils who had proved to be such a good group and had set wonderful examples to the younger children, being such excellent role models. They were praised for everything they had contributed to the school and will be greatly missed. To me in the ‘audience’ they seemed very thoughtful and mature and a credit to themselves, their families and the school. Just the sort of young people we need in tomorrow’s world.


All the children throughout the school behaved beautifully throughout the service which lasted for well over an hour. There were songs and readings and music. We listened to the school music group with Mrs Pool throughout the service and we were delighted to hear solos from Kate Moore, Edmund Hui and Ilona Barker, such talented young musicians.


The year 6 children recalled their memories and regaled us with exciting things that had happened. I think that even Mrs Summers was amazed to hear about the prank when someone was shut in a wardrobe during a residential visit!  They did let him out! Mrs Summers told us about her own adventure with her i-phone when canoeing! The overall impression from these children was how much they had enjoyed their school experience and what wonderful memories they would take away from Grange School.


The staff and children had painted stones to represent their hopes for the future and as a reminder to us of them as they take their next step in their life journey. Canon Nick explained the significance of a cairn and the children were keen to add their ideas – at the top of a mountain, somewhere we are heading for, something to show us the way, higher than us.

During the service the year 6 children, the 2 teachers and the 3 younger children processed slowly to the chancel. Canon Nick had prepared a table and a cairn was built up. He asked everyone to be very quiet and think about each child and adult as they brought up their stone. Wow, it worked! You could have heard a pin drop in church and it was a very moving experience for us all. Rev’d Daley, in his closing prayers, carrying on the theme, asked us to remember that cairns are sometimes hidden from us by mists but they are still there, like God whom we cannot see but is always watching over us.


The leavers were presented with lapel badges from St Paul’s Church to remind them that we hold them all in our hearts and prayers as they move on. We wish year 6 well in their secondary schools and hope their memories from there will be as happy as their present ones. We send them with our love knowing that they have received such a good education in Grange School.



Look out for the cairn in church. We hope to find a corner for it during Summer.