A quiet Thursday afternoon in school was made much more exciting by a surprise visit to present a ‘Heroes in our Schools’ award to our staff. The initiative has been launched by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust to raise the spotlight on teachers, encouraging them in the vital role they play serving and supporting young people today.
Commenting about the initiative on the Diocese of York website, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said; “Having visited 148 schools on my Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing recently, I am greatly encouraged by the wonderful learning that is taking place in our schools. Teachers play a vital role in opening up children’s hearts and minds to our world, whilst at the same time treating them as unique individuals who have the potential to grow and change our world for the better. I salute all teachers, they are definitely heroes in our schools, and I would like them to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers as they continue to serve and inspire the next generation”.
Kate Denney, Primary School Award Coordinator for the Youth Trust, visited the school to present the staff with a ‘Teacher Survival Kit’ in recognition of the pastoral support offered at our school. It was an emotional moment for all the staff when the children had the opportunity to comment on why they love our teachers and support staff. Here are some of the comments: “ our teachers are our heroes as they help us develop”, “when we don’t feel good we talk about it and fix it”, “they help us every step of the way”, they have amazing skills and they inspire us”.
The link below takes you to a short Youtube video of the presentation.