Pupils, staff and families came together in the sunshine to enjoy The Paragon End of Year Celebrations 2018. The day was about celebrating the whole Paragon community and all the wonderful things which have happened over the year. It is also an opportunity to say goodbye to Paragon’s Year 6 pupils, who Headmaster Andrew Harvey described as, ‘excellent role models’.
The audience enjoyed the sounds of The Paragon Wind Band, Brass Group, Orchestra and Samba Band. They were also entertained by incredible performances from all year groups, from Nursery (who performed Five Little Monkeys) through to Year 6 (singing Happy Ever After), with all pupils coming together at the end to sing a rendition of Mamma Mia!
In his address, Mr Harvey drew upon a story about the Robertson family, who survived 38 days as cast aways after their 43ft schooner, Lucette, sank as a result of being stuck by a pod of Whales. Mr Harvey said there were lessons which can be learnt from this story and that all children today need to learn to navigate choppy waters and the odd storm. He felt building resilience is one of the most important skills children need, as is creativity, innovation and teamwork.
Mr Harvey also took the opportunity to say farewell to Mrs Sue Greig, who has been a teacher at the Paragon for 33 years. She arrived at The Paragon in 1985, when the Paragon also took receipt of its first ever computer. Mr Harvey said of Mrs Greig that, ‘she gets the absolute best out of children and will be greatly missed’.
This has been a fantastic year at The Paragon with numerous highlights, in the classrooms, on the stage and on the sports field. The Headmaster said how proud he was of all the pupils, who he described as, ‘honest and committed, but also love to laugh’. The Prize Giving Awards were handed out by Mr James Murphy O’Connor, Principal of Prior Park College and Headmaster of Paragon’s Senior School, Prior Park College. The Awards ranged from Certificate for Good Citizenship and All Round Progress to Certificate for Outstanding Contribution to Current Affairs. All were greatly deserved.
Mr Harvey’s final message to the departing Year 6 pupils was ‘you must above all else enjoy your new adventure, embrace every opportunity and be utterly selfless in all your endeavours’.