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YEAR 6

Hello, my name is Mr Griffin. This is my sixth year teaching Year 6 and the wonderful Mrs Rhodes assists me.

Year 6 is the most important year at St Thomas’ (well, I would say that). It is the year when the children reach the top of the school. This brings with it a sense of maturity and responsibility. Year 6 children carry out prefect and other duties and look after the younger children. They are expected to lead by example, and enjoy rising to the challenge. Their duties include, supervising the younger children during morning, lunch and afternoon as well as wet break. They also help to look after the school environment and take on additional responsibilities from time to time.

Year 6 is also a time when the children have to start thinking about their choice of secondary school. There is, of course, periods when the children prepare for and sit tests. At the beginning of the Year (September / October), there is the Medway and Kent test. Many of our children sit the 11+ and are successful. There is also the end of year SATS tests. Preparation for these tests requires a lot of commitment from the children, especially if they are to fulfil their potential. Of course, Year 6 is not all about tests. The children have fun as well…sometimes J

Year 6 offers the children opportunities to join many of the school's sporting clubs with the chance of representing the school in inter and intra school competitions. With the support and expertise of my colleagues, we have a football, tag rugby, cricket and athletics club, but to name a few. In addition to being PE coordinator, I also coordinate music and have my own music group. This year we have guitarists (whom I teach), a pianist, drummer and a few Cello players. Not to mention a mini choir. In addition to the Year 6’s supporting masses and assemblies, this year they will also support the Passion Service and Stations of the Cross.

This year the Year 6’s (and Year 5’s) will be going on an adventure holiday. There is also the end of year production, mass and not forgetting the famous Barn Dance. By the conclusion of Year 6, pupils will be confident to continue their education at secondary school. The extra responsibilities that they undertake in Year 6 contribute considerably to their personal development and the ability to cope with change and new things. Year 6 is an enjoyable year and the children always leave school with a smile on their face.

Finally, I would like to wish the parents and children all the very best in the coming year. To the Year 6 children, I will reiterate what I say to each Year group that passes my way:

“DO YOUR BEST…AND GOD WILL DO THE REST.”