LEAVING GIFTS AND MOVING ON
It’s an emotional time at Beeston as the school year ends
At the leavers’ disco, the sweeping melody and stirring lyrics of Freddie Mercury in These are
the days of our lives – however cheesy – always gets me.
In the case of Beeston Hall parents, as well as their children, say emotional farewells not only to each other, but also to a chapter in their lives. Speech day passes in a flurry of prizes and leaving gifts, hoodies and tears, after what is hopefully a prank-free leavers’ dinner – and then is gone.
Routines which may have lasted as long as a decade EDP NORFOLK August 2017 come abruptly to an end.
It is a significant milestone. The ups and downs of a child’s development through these formative years will have meant moments of anxiety for us all (pupils, parents and teachers) because life rarely goes smoothly. This is as it should be, because such a prep school path has some risk; the higher the hurdle, the richer the reward.
This is where teachers come in and, to a degree, other parents at the school where respect, trust, and deep mutual affection are built up. They are often the lightning rod down which the emotions, of either a parent or child – or both, are conducted in the face of a drama, real or imagined.
The tears on speech day, as final goodbyes are said, are acknowledgements of those close bonds in the lives of our children, as they draw gradually away from their parents, enabling them to form and maintain independent and significant relationships of their own.
Many may not look back again for decades but having these carefree childhood days to treasure at prep school is a great gift.
Fred de Falbe, headmaster at Beeston Hall School, West Runton