Yesterday, Revd Mark was able to welcome the parents, staff and students from Nayland Community Primary School into St James’ church in Nayland for their annual “Celebration of Learning” and to help them wish all the year six pupils who are moving on to secondary schools every success.
This morning it was the turn of Stoke by Nayland C of E Primary School to have their leavers service, to celebrate all that had happened in the last year, to present awards and to celebrate success. We also had the chance to see and share memories of our year six pupils from Oak Class as they begin their transition to High School, and the church presented each child who was leaving their own bible to help their continue their spiritual journey, whilst the school gave each leaver an atlas to help them discover the wonderful world that awaits them.
This morning was also poignant, as after 28 years as both a teacher and more recently as Head Teacher in Stoke Primary, we said are goodbyes to Jane Le Grice who is retiring today. Jane presented each class a small wooden cross for their prayer area, and a larger wooden cross for the school hall; in turn Revd Mark presented Jane with a Bible on behalf of the Benefice in recognition of the part that she has played in nurturing the spiritual life of those children in her care.