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Posted on: December 1st 2017

A Message from Helen Woodhams

A message from Helen Woodhams:    
As we proceed towards the end of term I have several announcements to make: Firstly we will be saying a fond farewell to Mrs Karen Burnside, who has worked at Buckland St Mary school for many years but has now made the difficult decision to leave us due to family commitments. I’m sure many of you would like to make a donation towards a gift to say thank you, which we will present to her at a  special assembly at the end of the school term. Please bring donations to the school office.

Secondly, I am delighted to welcome back Mr Simon Billington, who many of you will know from his time as Headteacher here. Mr Billington, who is also on the board of The Redstart Learning Partnership has joined the Local Advisory Board for Buckland St Mary School and following on from Lexi’s resignation, has agreed to take on the role of Chair. He really enjoyed reacquainting himself and spent a morning her this week in class with the teachers and children. It was lovely to hear how impressed he was with the quality of teaching and learning , together with the children’s enthusiasm. We are also looking to welcome an additional parent and community member onto the Local Advisory Board. If you are interested in finding out more, please do come and see me to discuss.


Finally, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Christingle service at the church next Wednesday 9.15am, which will be the first of our Christmas celebrations. The children are busy learning Christmas songs and finding out all about Christingle in preparation for this service. Many thanks to Rev Jim for organising this.


Helen Woodhams, Head of School


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