Diane Cooke Poem - Goodbye Westward
MEMORIES OF WESTWARD
I’ve taught for over fifty years
In an interesting range of schools.
Some have had theatres, science labs and lakes
Woodlands and swimming pools.
But there’s something special about Westward
That makes it top of the league.
It’s the listening, the caring, supporting and sharing,
The determination to succeed!
I’ve loved the creativity here
Pens and paper, paints and glue.
I’ve watched you create incredible things
Enjoying the things you do.
You’ve written amazing stories
That entertain me for hours.
It’s so rewarding to watch children write
And develop their verbal powers.
In return for your many efforts
I have to do my bit too.
You’ve written wonderful poems for me
This is my contribution for you.
When I think about pupils at Westward
I see children with character and strength.
I see children who care, children who think,
Children with good intent.
You’re ace at raising money
And helping those in need.
You give your all in drama and sport
And strive till you succeed!
You speak out clearly with confidence
And present yourselves so well.
Each one of you will find a role
In which you can excel.
When I think about staff at Westward
A few “F” words spring to mind.
They’re Fair-minded and Fun to be with
And do Favours at any time.
They can be Fussy with your class-work
And Fearsome if you’re bad,
But they’ll always be Forgiving
And Feel for you when you’re sad.
Now a word about your head-teacher,
Just where should I begin?
She gets staff to work supportively,
That’s how so much gets done.
Mrs Stevenson is an amazing head
Who nurtures talents and strengths.
To give each child the best start in life
She’ll go to any lengths.
She can always be relied upon
To listen and to be fair.
Though she’s strict about behaviour,
Uniform, language and hair.
She’s there when you’ve got a problem,
She’s there if you’re feeling sad,
She’ll stand by you in a crisis
Even when you’ve done something bad.
She’s not only helpful to children
She’s there for all the staff too,
Whether they work in the kitchen or classroom
.She’ll support them whatever they do.
This is a strange and sudden ending
To my time spent in front of a class.
I have really enjoyed my twelve years with you
Filled with memories that will last.
Life is an amazing adventure
With new things to see and explore
So be brave and open-minded
When you come to the next open door.
So farewell to all at Westward.
I’ve loved my time spent with you.
I wish you the very best in life
Filled with friendships supportive and true.
Diane Cooke Summer Term 2020
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