We have had the most joyful ending to the term and although the magnitude of the end of our Helen O’Grady era has not quite sunk in, the tears are not flowing quite as freely or as often as they were!
I think this is because our amazing students, parents and friends have made it this way. I can not put into words how proud I have been of my students with their outpouring of love and thoughtfulness over the last weeks. I have experienced moments that I will never forget and that will make me smile even on my darkest days!
I have been hugged for hours by pretty much all of my students which has warmed my heart forever!
I have read cards with words that I can’t believe have been written about me, and that have completely humbled and astounded me.
I have received an abundance of the most thoughtful gifts, many of which were chosen carefully for me by my students and are exactly just right, proving that my amazing students know me well!
I have been taken for dinner by my wonderful Cambourne Young Actors past and present. They took complete control of planning it and were utterly in charge.... I was glowing with pride at how mature and confident they are out in the real world! I will never ever forget it.
And then in my very last hour of teaching on the afternoon of Saturday 21st July ... my wonderful sister Jessica, my niece Ela, some ex Cambourne students , some ex Letchworth students, some ex Biggleswade students and all of my current Letchworth young actors surprised me with an ‘end of an era/new beginnings’ party! We had happy retirement balloons(!!!) and cake, and I was presented with the most beautiful gold charm bracelet from the Academy. Thank you all so very very much!
We then proceeded to have the most awesome round of their favourite instant improvisation game ‘Park Bench’! It was absolutely worthy of TV and it was so hilariously funny that my cheeks were aching for hours afterwards! Completely brilliant!
I’m so proud of all of the fantastic young people of the Academy and I know they are our future and they will go out there and change the world!
So rather than saying goodbye and feeling low and sad, I would like to say a huge thank you and propose a toast to the magic of new beginnings!
With more love than I can express,