Last week was the end of term at St James's School, and in addition to a governors meeting, we had the school prizegiving and the end of term service in the church on Friday.
We had the whole school, plus lots of parents for the Leavers Service, which ended with a picnic for year 6 children (pictured) and their parents in the churchyard afterwards.
Each of the leavers gave a brief memory of their time at St James's. I taught everyone a memory verse: Joshua 1 ('Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go') - which was also given to each of the leavers on a card with the Bibles they were presented with by our Chair of Governors and MP, Simon Hughes.
What impressed me was the way Simon had a few words with each of the youngsters individually as they came forward for their presentation.
I wondered how many of our leavers appreciated how unusual it is for an MP, and a senior politician, to have this level of involvement every year in a local primary school.
In Bermondsey it seems normal, but then you realise we have an exceptional MP.