We had an emotional end to our final week of the Autumn term when we held a special assembly for Mr Dean, our caretaker. The children and staff came together to present Mr Dean with a special book, cards and a Manchester City-themed gift for his retirement. Mrs Dean also attended the assembly to see just how much affection there was in the hall for him. We listened to the thoughts of our children and heard a special poem composed by Mr Evans which made us all laugh. We sang our community song and entered and left the hall to the sound of ‘Blue Moon.’
Mr Dean did very well to deliver a wonderful speech. He spoke about how much he had enjoyed the last seven years of his working life because of the children and his colleagues. He told the children about how he had recently been told a story via his granddaughter about how her teacher had visited Unsworth and told her class about how well behaved the children were. We were very proud to hear that. We are very lucky in life when we come across special people who make a connection with everyone they meet. Mr Dean is one of those people and he will be missed by us all.
Earlier in the week, we had three late nights; one at Bury Parish Church and two at school performing the Key Stage Two panto, ‘Aladdin Trouble.’ On all three occasions we experienced some stunning performances from our children. In the parish church, four schools came together to sing in aid of Bury Hospice under the direction of our music teacher, Miss Geelan. Every year I am amazed by the quality of the voices and moved by the experience of children working together for such a worthy cause.
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, we all dressed up for our traditional panto. We had great audiences on both nights willing to boo, hiss and clap every song! Again, the singing was performed with enthusiasm and our Y6 children excelled in their acting parts! We thoroughly enjoyed watching them and seeing how they have all developed enough confidence to step up onto that stage and deliver their lines. Well done everyone! I would like to thank the whole staff for their hard work and commitment to our children. I see the work that goes on behind the scenes to give our children memorable experiences.
I would like to end this blog by wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year. We have experienced another positive year and our school is going from strength to strength. This could not happen without our partnership with parents and carers.
Best wishes everyone,