School head's touching message to families as pupils receive their transfer test results
As thousands of primary school pupils across Northern Ireland prepare to receive the results of their transfer tests this morning, the caring headmaster of one west Belfast primary school has written a touching letter of encouragement to his young pupils
In his letter to his charges as they nervously await the potentially life-changing news, Paul McCabe, headmaster of St Oliver Plunkett's PS on the Glen Road, wrote: "On Saturday morning the postman will bring news of your Transfer Grade. I know that you are nervous. I understand that you are apprehensive of your grade, but I just want to let you know one thing: we are so proud of you. We are proud for a thousand reasons; it is in every conversation with you, every laugh shared, every learning experience, every assembly, every door opened, every thank you said, every report back from visitors about you and the list could go on.
"If you think we are delighted with you, think about just how much your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are proud of you and how much they love you.
"Yes, for you, right now in this present moment Saturday is important to you but you have to know that you can never be measured by a grade, the love people have for you cannot be measured by a standardised score."
And the headmaster had a powerful message for pupils' mothers and fathers.
"Mums and Dads, I'm sure you are worried about Saturday too, but as I have said to you in the past, you can remember the very moment your child was placed in your arms for the very first time - and it really wasn't that long ago.
"On Saturday, I know that whatever arrives through the letterbox you will hug them, tell them you love them, and probably have to spend a few quid too."
Mr McCabe signs off: "All the best, boys and girls (and Mums and Dads too)."