Portsmouth High Prep School bid a fond farewell to Year 6 today as they make their transition from the Prep to the Senior School in September. The morning was hosted by Head Girl, India and Deputy Head Girl, Alexandra.
All the girls received individual awards and were clapped by their classmates whilst parents watched on ‘virtually’ and applauded their daughters from their homes.
Portsmouth High Prep School is the first junior school in Portsmouth to have opened to all year groups since the Government lifted restrictions. The school created bubble groups of a maximum of 15 children as well as social distancing markers, staggered start and finish time and installed outdoor sinks to ensure a meticulous hand-washing and safety routine was maintained.
Headmistress, Mrs Jane Prescott, quoted the astronaut Jim Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13 who made the following observation:
‘”There are three types of people in the world; people that make things happen, people that watch things happen and people that just wonder what has happened; to be successful you need to be a person who makes things happen.”
‘I hope you want to be that person who makes things happen – certainly we don’t educate you to be a bystander.’
Mr Paul Marshallsay, Headmaster of the Prep School, added:
‘Good luck to you all as you move onto your next challenge. It has not been anything close to normal recently but in some ways it will make it even more memorable. You will be forever remembered as a year group and your legacy will live on as you move into the senior school and beyond.
‘Be brave about meeting people and trying something you haven’t done before. Have big dreams and ambitions. Don’t worry if they don’t happen, try something else. As you get older, you’ll get to know yourself better. Always be true to yourself. Never try to be what you are not. Have fun and enjoy life. Smile and make others smile around you. Be kind.’
‘I can’t believe my time at Dovercourt is coming to an end,’ said Libby, 11. ‘I have always have such happy memories of my time here.’
Matilda, 11, added:
‘Leaving the Dovercourt gardens and the wonderful teachers behind is really sad but I look to new beginnings at the senior school.’
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