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Reading for a year 6 leavers service.

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EsmeMargaretNoteSpelling Thu 29-Jun-17 10:20:55

I am pulling together the running order for our Year 6 leavers service and would love to include a memorable reading about moving on/having courage/facing challenges.... you know the sort of thing. We have lots of prizes to give out and like to space them with contributions from the children.
I already have two poems, bible extracts and prayers (spot the CofE school!) but would like something more contemporary. Can anyone point me in the direction of something suitable?

EsmeMargaretNoteSpelling Thu 29-Jun-17 10:27:06

Ekkkk! This was meant to be in chat!! Could HQ move it for me please?

user1496484020 Thu 29-Jun-17 10:29:45

If by Rudyard Kipling?
It might be a little too long though?

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

ArchieStar Thu 29-Jun-17 10:33:00

Oh the places you'll go! - dr Seuss smile

ClashCityRocker Thu 29-Jun-17 10:33:55

Just came on to say the places you'll go by Dr Seuss.

LyndaLaHughes Thu 29-Jun-17 10:41:32

Great suggestion above! Desiderata is a favourite of mine.

Grilledaubergines Thu 29-Jun-17 10:43:00

Agree 'oh the places you'll go'. Very appropriate

EsmeMargaretNoteSpelling Thu 29-Jun-17 11:05:24

Ohhh, Dr Seuss might be the way to go for this audience. But I love Desiderata as well. Will save for an older audience.
Thanks guys!

specialsubject Thu 29-Jun-17 11:37:08

has to be Dr Seuss.

'If' is all very well for an older audience, but will bore the kids even more (hate to rain on your parade, but keep it as short as you can). Also that reference to being a man is not really what you want.

I always think of Kipling's actual son when I see this poem. Thanks for pulling those strings, Dad...

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