Three years ago, the school belonged to the National Children’s University where pupils were encouraged to aspire to achieve excellence in many areas, including life skills, writes headteacher Jan Randall.
Since this has unfortunately closed, we have continued to encourage our pupils to achieve and reward them with a graduation ceremony complete with caps and gowns.
They each receive a ribboned scroll with their individual achievements listed, which range from being outstanding readers, magnificent mathematicians, brilliant role models, outstanding sports boys and girls and empathetic friends.
Parents and other relatives, along with governors of the school, are invited to join us for this emotional celebration as they move onwards in their educational journey.
Pictures of this journey are displayed, during the ceremony, on a powerpoint presentation for all to see, and the drumming club (led by professional drummer Paul Roebuck) play during the ceremony.
The group of drummers, made up from children from each of the year groups, performed with Boomwhackers to Proud by Heather Small, which onlookers felt was particularly apt.
Each year, two golden citizens are chosen from all the pupils who started their reception year with us, continuing through Year 1 and on into Year 2.
Names are then put forward, by all members of staff, of those pupils who have contributed to the life of the school, whether they be school councillors, outstanding role models in terms of behaviour and attitude to learning, or children who are kind and thoughtful to others.
This year, the awards were made to Martha Lockyer and Hattie Bird.
They both received an engraved trophy.
Two other special awards were presented this year.
Star of the Year went to Charlie Lewis for being an outstanding pupil who is kind, thoughtful and caring, a perfect role model.
The second award went to Samuel Gelson who has been an outstanding sports leader through the year – inspiring his peers and helping the school’s PE leader Mrs Sims.
A graduation cake (made by one of the parents) is cut to mark this special time in their lives. This ceremony hopefully will become a tradition at Mengham Infants with subsequent years enjoying celebrating their years at this caring and outstanding school.
The staff and governors of the school will be sad to see the children all move on to their new ones from September, but know that they will all do their best and achieve great things.