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Meldreth Primary School

With September’s deadline fast approaching, I find myself far from Meldreth and thoughts of school, in a hidden Cornish valley with my family: a fine place perhaps to pause and reflect on some of the significant personnel changes that we have made at the end of the last school

year. In fact the final few assemblies and the school concert became something of a parade of farewells to members of staff who have become very dear to us all and whose departure will certainly be felt in the terms ahead.

First of all, we said goodbye two of our long serving Teaching Assistants, Diana Ramsay and Deneice Thomas who between them have clocked up almost twenty five years of support in school. Both have seen their own children educated in the village school and enjoyed emotional farewells with flowers and gifts and enormous cards decorated and presented by the children themselves. If your children attended the school any time over the last twenty years, there is a good chance that they will have worked with Mrs Ramsay or Ms Thomas

There was a palpable poignancy in the school hall at the end of term musical concert, as we sadly bid farewell to Mrs Lucy Barlow who has taught music and led the school choir for the past eight years. Lucy has made a huge impact on the quality of singing and performance in school generally and I quote from the school newsletter of July 12th here: “Mrs Barlow said that she will miss music making at Meldreth but wants our tradition of learning instruments to continue and for us to keep singing. Sadly Mrs Barlow is not leaving us by choice, but is part of the cuts/reductions that the school has had to make with the very poor funding that the school has received and we will miss her greatly”.

Two final teaching farewells were made in the form of our Year 2 jobshare team of Mrs McCulloch and Mrs Evans who have taught together in ‘Kingfisher Class’ for the past six years, though in Sue Evans’ case, this was the end of a twenty year spell of teaching at Meldreth Primary School and a large crowd of ex pupils, parents, children and well-wishers turned out to bid her a grand goodbye, with songs, dances, reminisces and “an amusing poetic appreciation” from me! Mrs Evans has been our longest serving teacher in school, working with no less than four Meldreth Headteachers and she has been the


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