As some of you may have been aware (and had it marked on your calendars), this week would have been SATs week. I know that there will be some of you that are very glad that this has not happened. However, I know that there will be many of you who are also not happy that this has not happened because of all the tremendous effort and hard work that you have been putting in to achieve the very best you can.
I honestly am not happy that the SATs are not happening this week.
Not because I enjoy the SATs, like giving you tests or enjoy 'stressing you out' as someone once told me(!), but purely because I know that there were some of you who had your worries, anxieties and concerns about year 6 (and mostly because of the SATs) that have said that you feel that your hard work has gone to waste.
It has not.
Everything that you have learned, practised, recapped, explored, built, devised, planned, danced, acted or coloured () has helped you. These lessons that you have learned, the practice tests that you have taken, the activities that you have completed, the pieces of work that you have edited and improved, the times you talked it through with a partner, the times you put your hand up to ask or answer a question, every single moment of being in school and doing your homework has all counted.
They may not have now counted towards the SATs tests. But they have counted. They have made you a better learner. They have shown you what testing is like as you get older and how to prepare for them. They have given you the tools to move on to the next step (whatever that may be). They have helped your social skills. They have counted towards you leaving a mark on OUR school. The SATs tests do not show how great you are at many different things as they are only a 'snapshot' of what you can do.
Whilst the SATs tests have not happened and this week will be SATsless, know that the work you have done this year has not been pointless. (I don't care if SATsless isn't a word).
I have seen characters and personalities flourish, I have been given a front row seat into seeing what you are all about and I have been given the opportunity to enjoy the ride this year (for the most part!) and that is what makes this year special to me. How you become the true you is what matters.
Well done on everything up to this point and don't dwell on the SATs. Know that you have done well and continue to with all of your work at home.
After last night's announcement, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel and fingers crossed we will see each other soon!
Stay safe, enjoy this SATsless week and I will speak to you soon.