I know it's usually at the end of the year that you receive gratitude from parents and guardians, lots of mugs, chocolate and cards, but this year teacher I wanted to say thank you, for all the things I know you will be doing for my children this year in advance.
Thank you for the cheerful way you will greet the children in the morning, no matter how exhausted you are, for nodding and smiling and taking time to reassure the worried new parents, and old, and for the kind words you always seem to find.
Thank you for the patience you show to the children as they settle back into their new routines, all at different speeds, you know you have deadlines and targets from 'above' but you care for the children too and take time to wipe their tears.
Thank you for seeing that little disagreement and stepping in, and for explaining to the children how to interact, encouraging friendships and preventing rows, skills that will last them a life to come.
Thank you for the hours and hours you give of your free time, planning and marking, thinking and worrying, the hours we don't see, the strain we can't understand.
Thank you for listening to the children telling you their important news, their excitement and concerns, and for giving them a voice, and confidence to use it.
Thank you for being there and caring about the children as if they were your own, investing your time and energy and going over and above the call of duty, as so many of you do.
Thank you for encouraging and helping to shape the future generation and giving them the opportunity to shine, ensuring they know their worth and all whilst having fun.
Thank you of course for teaching our children about the world, how fascinating it is, the way it works, the things that have passed and how to be a wonderful part of it.
I appreciate your efforts and I know so many others do, we see the good work you do, we see the positive effect you have on our children, and so thank you and have a great year.