Our school gives out a special letter to reward really outstanding behaviour. This isn’t for being clever or being good, it’s for going that extra mile, for trying incredibly hard or doing something so good it is out of the ordinary. Getting a letter warrants a mention in the school newsletter and in the school governors’ meetings. Not to mention the all too important letter home to parents – each of which is individually worded for that child and what they have achieved.
The letters were introduced last academic year. There is no guarantee a child will get one. Many children will go through the entire school without ever getting one.
My two kids have had two each.
My son had one letter last year and one letter this year. Last year’s letter said: This was given to him for fantastic behaviour for all of Year 3. For working really hard and displaying a really positive attitude.
This year’s letter said: This was given to him for being a terrific role model for other pupils in his class. He is extremely keen to learn, always taking part in the class discussions and helps others when required. He is a joy to teach.
My daughter received one letter from her class teacher and one from her PPA teacher this year. The letter from her class teacher said: This was given to her for just being a brilliant class member who always makes the right choices, does the right thing, works hard and does her best, supports others and is an absolute joy to have in the class and teach!
Her letter from the PPA teacher said: This was given to her for behaving beautifully all the time. Her level of concentration and commitment to the task in hand is exceptionally high.
These letters make me so proud and they also describe perfectly the two wonderful people I know from home. As they move up the school, into year 5 and year 3, I’m sure they will continue to do well and be a credit to their teachers, their school and us.