“FRIDAY morning arrived and a strange quiet overcame Acremont. It is a place half-lived without children in the House and many in Nursery. But of course, looking back over the week, it was one of laughter, tears, hugs, goodbyes and many calls of ‘See you in September’.

“From the unique and impressive structure of the saddle span tent, we said our final farewells to our Year 2 leavers during our moving Leaver’s Service on Friday. During the service, I spoke of the journey of this year, the challenges, and the high points. And there have been many.

“From the positive responses from our wellbeing questionnaire completed by the children at the beginning of the year to the Nativity performance, recorded under the Octagon, in December. At this time, King’s Ely Acremont were also voted as finalists in the 2020-21 Independent Pre-Prep School of the Year Awards. In the Lent Term, key moments include Monday 8th March, when our home learners returned, and we became whole again, our World Book Week in May, Challenge 100 or more accurately for us 1500, connecting with our Heads of School, swimming at the KEJ pool, KEA Sports Afternoon and KEAN Sports Morning, the teddy bear’s picnic, the excellent work of our House Captains and School Council, and our wonderful Sharing Assemblies, which culminated in children and staff all bopping away to Miss Hobbs’ dance routine to the sounds of ‘I like to move it, move it’ under the arch of the ‘tent’.

“I would like to thank the staff at Acremont: the kitchen team, the house keeping team. Mr Austin, Mrs Lever, Mr North, Dr Lane, and the teaching teams both in Pre-Prep and Nursery. They have been tireless in making the children’s daily experiences safe, fun and inspiring. Their dedication to your children make them a phenomenal team, and I thank them for continually reinventing what stimulating learning looked like this year.

“Resilience, energy, creativity, trust and laughter have got us to this end point of a busy Summer Term, and I wish you all a restful and fun time through the relaxing weeks that lie ahead of us, whether abroad or closer to home. We all need time to be out of routine and come together as families in order to refresh and re-energise. And so, until we come together again in September; happy holidays!”

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