A truly fantastic end of term was had by both the Junior school and the Senior School.
The evening of Thursday July 6th saw the whole school come together to celebrate the creativity and the depth of talent of our dancers both in traditional ballet and modern. Pupils performed brilliantly and the support and leadership given by the senior school dancers to the young rising stars was truly inspirational. Miss Rachel and her team are to be congratulated, not only on the quality of the show but also in helping to provide life to the cultural heart of our school.
Y13 Leavers Ball
The Y13 Leaving Ball was on the same night and students, parents and staff both past and present came together to celebrate. Some of our students leaving this time have been at Polam from Nursery while others had joined much later on in their education coming to us at Y12. Each and every one of them shared a genuine love of Polam Hall and the unique educational experience it has to offer. We all wish them the very best at university and beyond and I for one am sure that they will go on to be successful young adults in life as well as outstanding ambassadors of our school.
The Junior School Prize-giving Evening was a huge success. It was wonderful to celebrate the success of so many of our pupils and to continue the tradition of awarding prizes and cups that have such a long history and therefore are so important to what we as a school stand for.
Speaking of prizes, we finally managed to squeeze in sports days for all the infants, juniors and seniors once the weather finally settled in the last week of term. It was great to see so many parents join us and my thanks go to the PHPA for providing refreshments for everyone. Congratulations go to those taking part, not least those who tried their very best for their House and to those who broke records such as Luke Bean, Harry Huloui and Ross Lesley.
The final Junior School Assembly and Senior School Reading were both tinged with end-of-year sadness as pupils said farewell to their older peers moving on. Memorable highlights were the juniors who memorised and performed a Wordsworth poem and the way in which Y6 said their goodbyes in song. The seniors, meanwhile, did a splendid job applauding the achievements of their younger peers.
My own farewell
It has been a privilege to be Headmaster at Polam over the last two terms and I have been touched by the kindness of everybody. Polam has so quickly became part of my emotional DNA that I will miss all the pupils and staff very much. That said, the future looks rosy. I know that the new principal, Mrs Reid, will not only grow to love Polam as much as the rest of us but she will also enable the School to flourish even further as a place of excellence in which everyone can be proud.