What a 16th year it has been for Eleanor.
In April, her school’s head of music, was so impressed on overhearing her clarinet playing, he asked who was playing, and would they do a solo at the school’s Spring Serenade Concert .
And, Eleanor, became one of only four soloists, playing her Mozart’s Allegro from Divertimento no.3.
In May, to calm GSCE revision nerves, and encourage ‘self esteem’, we were told to write, a ‘Pride Letter ‘ to our daughters.
Here it is.
In July, Eleanor’s art was on display at her school’s Art Exhibition, and, many gawked at her, now infamous ‘strawberry’.
Excitement loomed, at the prospect of her School Prom, and, her first ball gown, bought cheaply on line, but perfect.
The trepidation of boys at her table, and dancing in the grand Sheffield City Hall.
And in August, the culmination of so much hard work, 10 GCSEs 2 grade A stars, 7 grade As .
In January, Eleanor’s passion for poetry, earned her a regional finalist place, in the ‘Poetry by Heart’ Competition.
And, she was asked to perform her beloved Keats, at her School’s 139th Birthday Party last month.
A beautiful, funny young lady, with so much talent, and so much integrity, determination and compassion.
And in July 2016 Eleanor passed her Grade 6 clarinet exam with Merit and played exquisitely at her schools solo concert in October. See video here.