Students in Northern Ireland recently took the Transfer Test, a standardized test that determines which high schools they can get into. Much like the SATs, the stakes for this test are high. To help quell some of the anxiety and put the numbers into perspective, the staff of Harmony Hill Primary School included a reassuring note along with every student's fate-sealing test scores. It manages to inspire even though it's written in Comic Sans:
The note reads:
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. We know that each of you has worked very hard and with a great attitude. No score can ever take that away from you. In fact, we believe that your attitude and who you are as a person is much more than any mark on a 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.
Remember, the score in the envelope is just a mark for some tests. It cannot measure how amazing you are! So, no matter what happens in the next few minutes, today you must celebrate YOU!
With love from all the staff!