O God the author of the beginning and end, we praise and thank you for the gift of this school year. It has been a time filled with grace and many blessings, with challenges and opportunities, joys and sorrows. The days have passed quickly, O Lord Jesus. The weeks, the months, the seasons, the holidays and holy days, the exams, vacations, breaks, and assemblies, All have come forth from your hand. While we trust that your purposes have always been at work each day, sometimes it has seemed difficult to understand and appreciate just what you have been up to in our school. Give us the rest and refreshment we need this Christmas. Let our efforts of this past year bear fruit. Bring all of our plans to a joyful conclusion, and bless us, according to your will heavenly father, with the fulfillment of our end of year hopes and dreams. Watch over us in the weeks of rest ahead, and guide each day as you have done this past year. Help us return to school in the new year with a new spirit and a new energy. May we continue to grow in age, wisdom, knowledge and grace all the days of our lives. In Jesus name amen.