It was great on Wednesday, that we were able to mark the end of an era for Year 6, Mrs Eacopo and myself with the children that are currently in school sitting in rows on the playground. The five Year 6 children (currently in school) shared some of their memories of their time at the school and received their prayer book from Revd Sue (other Year 6 children, we will make sure your books make it to you soon). Next, we said our goodbyes to Mrs Eacopo, who has been the teacher of Owl Class as well as our Special Needs co-ordinator since she joined us in 2016 – it has been a pleasure to work with her and thank her very much for all her hard work to support the work of the school. We wish her well for her new role. There was then a presentation by Mrs Eade, Revd Sue and Mrs Gauden (on behalf of the governors) to wish me on my way – which was very moving and wonderful to hear. As part of this I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the amazing collection – I am so very grateful and wish I could thank everyone individually for their generosity. There are some photos included on this newsletter of the event and some more on the website.
As you know I have been the Headteacher of the school for nearly ten years, it has been my pleasure to lead the school through the ups and downs during that time and see the amazing children come through the school, watching them grow in confidence as well as their fantastic achievements. I fully believe in an inclusive school and I hope we have maintained that over the years and that it continues to do so. A few important thanks yous –
· To all the governors that have supported to me over the time, their role can be challenging and we have been lucky to have individuals that are willing to work for the success of the school.
· To the staff, I am extremely lucky to work with some very dedicated people and who are willing to go with my ideas and have worked so hard over this unusual time to keep the school running for key worker children as well as setting work for home learning.
· To all the parents, I have enjoyed getting to know the families that have come through the school and the varied discussions we have had. I know you will all continue to support Mrs Staples as she starts in September. Also a special mention for the home-schooling work that you have completed – I am impressed in the work that you have all completed, whilst working yourselves.
· Last, but by no means least are the wonderful children that I have had the pleasure to spend time with. I have been lucky to be able to teach them all at some point each year, head off to Woodlands, which allows me to see a different side of their personality, attend musical
concerts and simply share a joke on the playground. They are all brilliant in different ways and I know they will all go on to achieve their potential in years to come.