We received a lovely email from this week regarding our Year 7s and thought we would share....
I hope I’m through to somebody who can pass on this message to your team at the school. I have been out for a walk today around Dovedale, and came across your school out on some form of school trip. I’ll start off by saying that unfortunately, coming across large school groups forms an idea of dread into a lot of peoples heads (including mine). Especially out in the countryside or a museum where people try to aim for quieter times. I always try to keep an open mind, but unfortunately have come across school groups numerous times before that have been rowdy, rude and sometimes disrespectful to the environment and other members of the public.
Today was no such day.
I was walking in the direction of Milldale, away from Dovedale car park, and must have passed 70-80 of your students (if not more!) in small groups. Some were with who I assume to be teachers, others were walking with groups of friends. I don’t say this lightly; every single one of your students was kind, courteous and polite. Every. Single. One of them. Dovedale is a single footpath, very narrow in parts and wide enough for probably two or three people max. Whenever I was walking against the flow of your students they would move to one side and allow me past, and I observed them doing the same for numerous other walkers.
Not only that, but so many of your students would say a happy and cheery “Hello” or “good afternoon” as I passed. The ages of these students I would guess to be at times no more than 13 or 14 years of age, maybe younger; and to be saying such a kind and courteous hello to another walker was an absolute breath of fresh air. It is absolutely not expected, nor is it commonplace in children of their age. But it was absolutely amazing to see and experience.
I’m not sure what you’re doing at your school - but you’re doing it very, very right. I absolutely tip my hat to you, your teachers and staff for instilling in these children such a kind and courteous manner. I can’t imagine many people feed back to yourselves their experiences of your students out & about, which is a real shame. On this day your students were a credit to your school, your staff and your uniform. So much so, I tried my best to clock the school badge on their uniforms so that I could get in touch.
Please pass this on to those who need to hear it, because in this day & age, not enough people pass on kind words.
Thank you for what you’re doing,
Kind regards, A random walker
Ms M Holian