Popular teacher graduates with the Class of 2018
There wasn’t ‘a dry eye’ at Victoria House Day Nursery in Marlow as staff said goodbye to their graduating class and colleague Sarah Hurley, as all head off for further study.
Presenting certificates to the 14 graduates amid cheers from parents, grandparents, family members and colleagues, Sarah, Team Leader at the day nursery in Victoria Road, said the ceremony and picnic lunch were particularly poignant for her this year.
“It is a graduation for me too as I am leaving in a few weeks to begin teacher training. I have had an amazing five years here and I am very sad to be leaving but like the other graduates, I am excited about the next step,” she said.
“Everything we do here is focused on sending happy, confident and fully prepared children into mainstream schooling. We are celebrating that today but saying goodbye to children we have looked after since they were babies is very difficult,” she added.
For parents, too, the farewells were emotional as, for some the graduation of their youngest child meant the end of an era.
“While we keep in touch with the progress of our children in their schools we lose that close bond and regular contact with the parents who have been wonderfully supportive in helping us ensure each and every child gets the very most from their nursery experience. We will really miss them,” said Sarah.
The graduates were each given a photograph of themselves wearing their mortar board hats and gowns with a sign enabling children to say what they wanted to be when they grew up. Graduates’ answers ranged from Unicorn to Rock Star.
Staff also organized a ‘Selfie Frame’ so the children could have photographs taken with their friends and nursery practitioners.