My end of term message is being shared later than I would have wished; my apologies to all; as always this term has been extremely busy and for some reason, that I cannot explain, probably more so this year.
Your children will now know who their class teacher will be next year and I commend them for managing themselves extremely well during our recent transition days. My wish is that they are all looking forward to their next year in school and will continue to embrace the changes that lie ahead with confidence and a smile.
We say Goodbye to our Year 6 children next Tuesday afternoon at their Leavers Service. (July 24th at 2pm at our Holy Trinity Church) We will be wishing them well as they continue their education journey to secondary school. All are welcome.
Every so often a change happens that is not part of the expected school rhythm or desired. Sadly we will be saying Goodbye to two fantastic members of staff this term.
Many of you will know Mrs Fitzsimons who will have taught so many of your children at such an important stage of their school life. It is without doubt that we are losing an exceptional practitioner who was instrumental in achieving the Outstanding’ judgement for the Early Years Foundation Unit for our recent Ofsted inspection. Mrs Fitzsimons is an incredibly valued member, not only of our teaching team, but also as part of the senior leadership of the school. She has led a motivated team who know, more than anyone, how passionate she is; always putting the children first and working hard to create such a supportive and nurturing learning environment. There is no doubt that Mrs Fitzsimons will be a hard act to follow and will be missed by everyone.
Another very long standing member of staff is also saying goodbye to us. Mrs Sztumpf is well-respected member of the support staff team who retired at Christmas. Fortunately for us, she agreed to continue on a part time basis. Mrs Sztumpf is very reluctant to let go and we are very reluctant to lose her. I know that this has been a big decision because she loves the school so much. However, Mrs Sztumpf is still open to helping us from time to time; she would very much like to continue to support the school and I know that her skills will be very much in demand.
Both members of staff will be missed by all of us. I am sure you will join me in thanking them for their significant contributions and to wish them much success and happiness in their chosen new paths.
We have made two successful appointments during the summer who will join our teaching team; Mrs Bradbury who will be a new addition to the Key Stage 1 team and Miss Chaplin who will start with us in September as a reception teacher. We have also appointed three part-time teaching assistants; Miss Lambelin, Mrs Stammers and Mrs Mortimer.
In this final newsletter of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all families for the support you have given. We have achieved so much and we could not have done this without you. We have a new Log Cabin; already we have a wonderful outdoor space and steps leading up to the outdoor classroom which will be further developed in the Autumn Term. Mrs Chilvers has completed her training and is to be congratulated. The course was challenging and now she will be our Forest School Lead for the younger members of the school. Our older children will also take advantage of the outdoors with investigations and explorations that will become part of their curriculum.
Our attention has also turned to the front of the school. We are hopeful that you approve of the new look; the lower playground is brighter and a much more welcoming sight. Our thanks go out to our resident artist, Mrs Newton, who is working on a very special mural which has attracted many admiring glances. We would also like to thank Jill, our catering manager, for the array of brightly coloured flowers that now greet our visitors as they approach the school reception area.
Thank you to FOTS for their continued commitment and hard work relating to the significant projects that have been undertaken this year. Substantial sums of money have been raised and will support the purchase of further technology updates for the school.
Finally, a huge thank you to all Trinity staff who make up a very special dedicated team and to all the children who are a privilege to teach. Your children work so hard, are caring and full of surprises. They brighten the lives of us all and make Trinity a very special place to be.
May I wish you all a very happy and restful summer holiday.