This Friday we farewell Sue McLaren, our long-serving deputy principal, new entrant teacher and special needs coordinator. These are only her official titles; we can add a hundred other small and large roles that Sue has filled during her 29 years at Wakefield School and 43 years as a teacher: she’s a tireless advocate for children with special learning needs and their families; a confidant and trusted friend to staff; a role model, guide and mentor to beginning teachers; a fearless and open-minded adopter of innovative ideas and techniques; a provider of amazing morning teas; a worker for our community; a strong voice for our profession; a wiper-of-noses, mender-of-scratches, comforter-of-tears and celebrator-of-successes; a patient, earnest, unfailingly cheerful encourager of every five year old who creeps, trembling, into their first day of school. I could go on, but enough to say Sue will be missed. We wish you well in your retirement and thank you for all you have done for our children.
We welcome Leanne Hough as our new deputy principal, new entrant teacher and special needs coordinator. Leanne joins us from Mapua School where she is currently the new entrant team leader and assistant principal, and we are excited that she is bringing her skills, experience and personality to our children, families and staff. Leanne will take over our existing new entrant group from the start of term two, working alongside Anna Doblanovic.
We also welcome Jess O’Connor and Tracy Goddard who will team-teach our second new entrant class beginning early in term two. Jess and Tracy are both highly experienced new entrant teachers with strong local links (Tracy has worked at Wakefield previously and Jess’s nephews are at school here).
A further welcome to Matt Walker, a new parent representative on the board of trustees. Matt’s daughter, Elsie, is in year 2. Matt has been co-opted to the board to give us some added capacity as we move towards elections in 2019. The current board is:
Alastair Kennard Chairperson
Sonia Emerson Treasurer
Peter Verstappen Principal
I wish you a very happy and restful school holidays. Term two begins on Monday 30 April.
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