NI primary school sends moving letter with children’s results

The BBC is reporting that a Northern Ireland primary school sent a moving letter to children who received their transfer test results on Saturday. 

Harmony Hill Primary School in Lisburn enclosed the message within a letter informing pupils of their score in the post-primary entrance exams. 

The poignant note encouraged them not to feel disheartened if they did not get the news they were hoping for.

It read: “Inside this envelope is a score.

“It’s a score you’ve been waiting for, but it might not be the score you’ve been hoping for.”

It continued: “If that’s the case, it’s only natural that you will feel disappointed ‘in you’. 

“Unfortunately, in life, things don’t always work out the way we want them to and it can take a little time to sort out the feelings and thoughts we can have when that happens.

“We know that each of you has worked very hard and with a great attitude.

“No score can ever take that away from you. In fact, we believe that your attitude and who you are as a person is much more important than any mark on a test.”

The letter attracted much reaction on social media after a parent of a Harmony Hill pupil posted a picture of it on Facebook.

Principal Harry Greer said staff were bemused but “heartened” by the number of internet users who have been inspired by its content…

More at: NI primary school sends moving letter with children’s results


See a screenshot of the full letter via the Belfast Telegraph


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  1. I hope all those who judge children merely by their results (eg those not getting ‘good’ GCSEs who will not get ‘good’ jobs) and those who judge schools merely by test results show as much humanity.
    They won’t?  Now there’s a surprise.

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