Yesterday I said goodbye to my Thursday school. I've been teaching there since 2005, providing class recorder lessons for the year 3s and brass and woodwind lessons to too many individuals to remember all their names.
I was invited into the hall at the end of my final lesson to find that the entire school had assembled to say goodbye. There was a lovely thank you from the head teacher, who then presented me with a gardening voucher and a beautiful photographic card of part of the village. This was followed by a presentation from the year 3 class of a handmade card in which they'd all written their own messages, added a class photo of them all waving goodbye and some photos of me teaching them! We've agreed that I'll buy a (dwarf) cherry tree with the voucher to remember my time at the school - a cherry tree because the year 3 class is Cherry Class! And to finish, probably the loudest 'three cheers' I've ever heard - my ears were ringing!
I managed to hold myself together until I got home and then the tears flowed. This was my favourite school, and although I'll go back for concerts and special events, and maybe even to hear some reading, it won't really be the same.
Looking back, I have many memories of my time at the school and I feel so lucky to have had this relationship with them. It's been fun!