School’s first ever reception class given graduation ceremony

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy reception pupils Joey and Arianna in their graduation gowns.

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy reception pupils Joey and Arianna in their graduation gowns. - Credit: DNEAT

The first ever reception children at a Norfolk school has been given a special graduation ceremony after a year disrupted by the pandemic. 

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy held the special event to pay tribute to the resilience of its debut ‘Little Terns’ cohort after the school transitioned from a junior school into a primary last September.

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy reception pupils Poppy, Porsha and Isla

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy reception pupils Poppy, Porsha and Isla enjoy their graduation ceremony. - Credit: DNEAT

Headteacher Nicola Kaye said: “To celebrate the school children’s achievements and their resilience shown, we held a graduation ceremony to celebrate their amazing achievements and to reflect on the great year they have had.”

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy reception graduation ceremony

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy held a graduation ceremony for its first ever cohort of reception class pupils. - Credit: DNEAT

Assistant head and SEND coordinator Syreeta Rice added: “These children at just four-years-old began their educational journey starting school for the first time, attending school during a pandemic and experiencing lockdown.”

Class member Alyssia-Rose, age five, said: “On my first day at school I was resilient because I was nervous, then I got to meet all my new friends and the teachers. I wasn’t scared anymore.”

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy reception class graduation ceremony

Swaffham CofE Primary Academy held a graduation ceremony for its first ever cohort of reception class pupils. - Credit: DNEAT



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