Primary leavers share their memories
ST Mary’s Church, in Gainford, paid tribute to school leavers from the village primary school during its first service since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.
A special video message from the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Paul Butler, formed part of the service on Wednesday, July 15.
Six pupils from Gainford Primary School, their families and church officers formed the small congregation that was led by vicar Revd Eileen Harrop.
She said: “This is perfect. Our leavers’ service is our first since lockdown. Until now it has been hard to engage with the school, but we have tried hard to keep in contact.
“Today we have the community, the school and our members of the church and that is what Christian living should be about. I can’t describe how I feel – I am so thankful.”
Following Bishop Paul’s message each of the year six leavers, Joe, Alex, Jack, Gabe, Harry and Phoebe spoke of their memories of the school including exciting tours and learning about the ancient Egyptians.
Each of the pupils was awarded a Bible from the church as well as a leaver’s booklet reflecting their time at the school.
Many of the family members were reduced to tears as headteacher Chris Riley described each child’s qualities and achievements during their time at Gainford Primary School.
She also paid tribute to parents and carers who had helped pupils complete their home learning during lockdown.