Any student that’s taken a standardized test before will tell you about the anxiety that comes along with it.
In an effort to ease the nerves of seventh grade students at Harmony Hill Primary School while they waited for their results, staff members penned this letter:
A great note from Harmony Hill Primary School that we hope all P7s waiting on the postman this morning will read.
It reads, in part:
“Before you open the envelope with your score in it, we want you to read this first.
Inside the 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. If that’s the case, it’s only natural that you will feel disappointed. We will be very sorry about that and will feel disappointed ‘for you’ too — but we won’t 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.”
The letter continues to boost students’ self-esteem by reminding them of their hard work and excellent attitude, which is ‘more’ than any score you get on some test:
“Who you are and the attitudes you have with travel with you whatever school is fortunate is enough to have you as one of their new pupils in September. That is so important. You are quite simply ‘unique’ and we are very proud of you. Make us proud whatever school you go to. Don’t give up easily when the going gets tough. Grow up to be kind, caring, generous, loving adults who make a positive difference to this world by how you live your life.”
The note has had an overwhelmingly positive reaction.
Some wished their school staff had done the same for them when they were awaiting test results. Julie Madden says:
“That is so awesome! I wish I’d got that letter back in 1980. What a lovely note to the young people in your charge. Wonderful example to set them. You must be a fab school.”
Catherine Jayne Peacock believes the letter emphasizes what’s truly important in life:
“Totally agree with this…Thank God if your child is healthy and happy. Don’t stress about the results today. God has a plan for you and your child….”
The letter ended with celebrating each student’s individual uniqueness, regardless of the score they ended up with.