19 Dec

December Update

By: Mrs Burnett, Headteacher

“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” Sarah Dessen

As Christmas approaches, our daily life can be so busy that it is only when work or school stops that we have time to catch up with those whom we hold dear. For many families, this time of year is spiritual, for others, less so, but for everyone, the holidays provide an opportunity for us to gather together, be with each other and appreciate everything we have.

I believe Ballakermeen is like a big, extended family. One of the many things I love about my job is seeing how the lives of former students have developed. When Year 6 start here it is a delight to meet those parents who are themselves former students. Invariably, they are impressed with how the school has changed – and always for the better!

Occasionally, a former student returns and is employed as a teacher, or in another capacity. Of course, some leave the island and may only venture back for the holidays. This is where I would like to ask for your help. We are proud of each and every one of our students and we want to celebrate their successes. Please look out for a post on our FB page about the launch of ‘Treill’ (Manx for ‘ready to venture’ and pronounced like the English word ‘trail’).

Treill will be all about celebrating the success of our former students to inspire the community. We want to follow our alumni and see where they are now and what they are doing. The island has a long history of ‘punching above its weight’ and we know that many Manx students are trailblazers. If you have a friend, or relative who attended Ballakermeen and now lives and works in far flung places, has achieved their ambition, or is involved in interesting work, we want to know about it. We will be highlighting the journeys taken in our Treill page on our website. (And yes, the play on the name is deliberate!)

Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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