It was a special day at Earls Hall today as the team, past and present, wished the wonderful Mrs Russell a happy retirement after over thirty years of loyal and dedicated service to the school. After school the downstairs hall played host to a retirement tea where Mrs Russell was joined by all of the team that she currently works with, and her family, as well as some friendly faces from the past few decades. The team made her cakes and sandwiches which she enjoyed whilst reminiscing over her time at the school with all of her friends. Mr B gave a short speech which summed up all of the many reasons why she is, and always has been, such a loved member of staff and Mrs Critoph presented her with flowers and gifts from all of her friends at the school. Mrs Russell will be behind her desk for one final day tomorrow but the tea party certainly sent her off on her retirement adventure in fitting style.
Earlier in the day there were more farewells as the children in Foundation Stage and KS1 said goodbye to the lovely Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Guilcher. The children sang them a version of ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ before inviting them to some special parties which took place later in the day. The assembly also saw the children wish Mrs Hewitt and Mrs Moon best wishes for their special birthdays which take place in the holiday and they were also invited to the parties.
Mrs Moon and Mrs O’Rourke were later special guests at a picnic on the field that the Foundation Stage children prepared whilst Mrs Hewitt was treated to a special line dancing bonanza by the children in Year One.
Meanwhile, as the children in the Foundation Stage enjoyed giving the ever growing ducklings a bath, the children in KS2 gathered in the upstairs hall where they took part in our annual sports awards assembly. Mr Edwards from the SPSSA presented the boys table tennis team with the award for ‘Southend Team of the Year’ before Mr Smith presented his own awards to the children from each year group who had shown great effort towards sport at school. Well done to all of the children presented today, we are proud of you.
After the assembly the children in Year Six spent the rest of the day down at Priory Park. They played games and enjoyed pizza for lunch as a way of celebrating their time at the school and a great time was had by all. Later in the evening many of the children gathered at Zen City with their parents where they enjoyed a Chinese meal and, again, marked the end of their time at Earls Hall in style!