A letter to Year 6

Dear Year 6,

I know that some of you are a little bit nervous about your SATs so here are a few things I’d like you to remember during this week. The people that create these tests and score them don’t know you as well as we, and your families do. 

Yes, tests are important…but there are lots of things that tests don’t measure. They don’t show how unique and special you are. They don’t show everyone how respectful and well mannered you are, always saying please and thank you. They don’t show how helpful and kind you are, helping others in class, and sometimes helping brothers and sisters with their homework. They don’t show what a good friend you are to others, or that your friends can always count on you to be there for them. They don’t show how talented you are at sports, dancing or playing musical instruments. They don’t show how you cheer people up and make them smile. They don’t show how much you have all grown up this year and how responsible you are. They don’t show how thoughtful you are and try to be the best you can be every day. 

Year 6, your families, everyone at school and I, know that you are all these things.  I am proud of you because I know how hard you have worked, not just this year but every year you’ve been at Parkside. The results you get from these test are important and will tell you something – but they won’t tell you everything! There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! 

Be confident, try your best and remember how proud we all are of the amazing young people you have become. 

‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all’

Aristotle 

Ms Ward 

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