Dear Parents and Carers,
As we break up for the Spring Holiday, it is time to say goodbye. Miss Gaby Richards has retired after 34 years at Brunswick, first at the Junior School and then when it became a Primary School in 1998, Miss Brooke Murphy has returned to Australia upon the expiration of her Youth Mobility Visa and Mr Tom Mitchell has moved to Barclay Primary School in Waltham Forest, where the challenges of being a Head of School at the Lion Academy Trust await. The children have been well prepared for their departures, and Gaby, Brooke and Tom have all had the opportunity to tell the children how much they mean to them. Working with children is an education in itself and is terrifically rewarding, and I know that all three staff take with them memories of great experiences at Brunswick to inform their futures. But as it is Easter, it is also a time of new beginnings.
We will welcome Mr Thomas Moudiotis as Deputy Head Teacher from 23 April, and will help him to get acquainted with the children, staff and school community of Brunswick Park as quickly as possible. Thank you for your attendance at Parents’ Evenings on 1 and 2 April, and for the 60+ of you who took the
time to complete our annual survey for Parents and Carers. Your feedback is crucial in ensuring we plan effectively to continue to improve the school, but there needs to be enough of it to be useful. For the first time we have enough, and you will find details of those who won the Prize Draw in the main newsletter.
Thank you also to the Fantastic FoBs, who banded together to feed the teaching staff before Parents’ Evening on Tuesday 2 April. Whilst children are in school for 6.5 hours per day, teachers work very intensively and for very long hours – on average 50.9 per week (as of Nov 2018) – and to experience the kindness and
gratitude of parents and carers for that work through their delicious food was humbling. So Doris, Mena, Kolpona, Kate and all the other parents and carers who fed us, we value and appreciate you, as we do all the members of Brunswick’s School Community.
With best wishes for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday,