Goodbye Bea

/ December 15, 2015

Bea & Clare - Dec 2015

(from our school newsletter, Friday 11th December 2015)

Bea Art LettersIt is with great sadness that we say goodbye this term to Bea, one of our longest standing members of staff and much loved by us all. I have worked alongside Bea for the past four years and her creativity and wealth of knowledge re the school have been invaluable in enabling me to fulfil my role as Communications Manager. Up in the top office, we have laughed and cried (often at the same time!) and shared our ideas and hopes for the school. I shall miss picking up Bea’s favourite ‘Sister Peace’ sandwich (carrot and Wensleydale cheese) from M&S, and putting the world to rights over lunch and a desk stacked with overflowing in-trays and good intentions.

Leaving presents for Bea and class Christmas trees made from recycled materialsBea has held the heart of the school close to her own for so long, often at the expense of her health, because she loves this place (and all that it stands for) so deeply. Throughout the past two years, she has been our lynchpin during what has been a challenging time of transition. As Joint Acting Head (prior to Clare’s arrival) she shouldered a huge amount of responsibility, on top of her role as Deputy Administrative Head. Quite simply, without her dedication, the school would have struggled to thrive.

Our lovely staff!Bea’s background is in art, design and photography and she worked in advertising before joining the school as a Teaching Assistant in the Nursery. She has taken on large-scale art projects – mandalas in the playground, school artwork for the interior design of Maycroft Manor (a local Nursing Home) – and been our ‘official’ photographer for many years. As well as raising funds for the Bodong project, and co-ordinating our relationship with Plum Village, she has trained as a mindfulness teacher on the .b programme and been an ambassador for the school at numerous events, including Future Mind’s education conference with Alison, our Head of Nursery. Bea has always been committed to the ethos of the school in practice and I hope she will continue to share her wealth of wisdom and knowledge with us moving forward.

– Sally Turner
Communications Manager

Photos (from top)

– Bea with Clare, our Head Teacher

– Bea Art Letters

– Presents for Bea (including art canvasses from each class)

– Bea with our lovely staff!

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