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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

The Smallest Acts of Kindness…

On Friday, 12 February, Ivybridge Community College staff were thrilled and delighted to receive a wonderful selection of gifts, delivered by one of our parents, Deanne Hembry.

Our thoughtful parents kindly donated all of the presents, as a means of saying ‘thank you’ to the wonderful staff at the College.

Deanne, mum to Alyssa in Year 9 and Kai in Year 11, originally came up with the idea of parents donating gifts as a way of showing their appreciation.  The message inside the card reads “Thank you for all of your support and for keeping our children educated in these strange times.  Your hard efforts have not gone unnoticed.”

So much thought and time has gone into the selection of the gifts to ensure that there was definitely something special for everybody.

Staff have been overwhelmed by the surprise, commenting, “It is great to be appreciated”, “What a surprise! Thank you so much!”, “Thank you so much for your thoughtful and considerate gifts” and “Thank you! A great start to the half term break”.

“We would like to wholeheartedly thank each and every parent who has contributed in this amazing act of kindness.  Never before has the College had such generosity shown to staff on this scale, and in such a personal way.”  Rachel Hutchinson, College Principal.

"What a wonderful and kind gesture by the parents involved.  I know the Principal and staff greatly appreciate the recognition of all they are doing in these immensely difficult times.  On behalf of the Governing Board a very big thank you." Michael Saltern, Chair of the Governing Board.

“The smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest impacts”


Please see some of the comments below from staff on receiving their surprise gifts.