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Farewell and Good Luck!

Written on: Friday 14 July 2017

It is always difficult at the end of an academic year to say goodbye to any staff, but this year particularly so.

Ms Alison Jenkins – Ms Jenkins will be retiring at the end of this term. She has been at South Grove for 22 years and over this time has had a variety of roles. Ms Jenkins originally came to South Grove to provide part-time support for children with English as an Additional Language. She then started full-time with us as an EMAG teacher in 1999. Since 2008 she has been our Reading Recovery Teacher and also providing PPA Cover for teaching staff, therefore working with many of our children and families. I know that you would join me in thanking Ms Jenkins for all the reading support she has given to individual children over the years, as I know many of you will have experienced her working with your children, helping them to develop the skills of reading and ensuring that they are, after a period of time, enabled to return to the classroom more confident with their reading. I am sure that she has read many hundreds of books over this time!  We want to thank her, wish her all the very best for the future and hope she enjoys taking things at a slightly slower pace!   I know that you will all want to wish her well for the future and know that she will take many fond memories of South Grove with her.

Mrs Alison Kay Mrs Kay joined South Grove in 1994 as a supply part-time job share teacher and was given a permanent role in 1996. Her teaching role was essentially in EYFS and KS1 during this time.  From 2010 Mrs Kay took on the role of Numbers Count Teacher and has supported many children developing their number skills ensuring they can access the mathematical curriculum within their classroom.  I know that there have been many success stories when the children achieve their SATs results at the end of Year 6.  She has also continued to cover PPA across KS2 and supported intervention groups essentially in Year 6 to help children prepare for their SATs.  Mrs Kay has always had an interest in Music and Performing Arts and in the past another talent of hers was to teach the ocarina!  She has enjoyed supporting the community life of the school and in particular the Music Leaders taking KS1 Singing Practice and with many musical performances over the years helping the younger years in the chorus with their songs and parts in the shows.

I know that you will join me in thanking Mrs Kay for all she has done for South Grove and wish her all the very best for the future and good luck!

Mrs Noreen Saied Mrs Saied joined the school as a Newly Qualified Teacher 12 years ago in 2005 and taught across the lower KS2 and KS1. When she returned from maternity leave in 2012 she worked covering staff PPA across KS2 part-time. She has worked across KS2 and recently within Years 5 and 6 covering PPA and also group interventions supporting the children to prepare for their SATs. Mrs Saied has very much been part of the community of South Grove and supported the school in many ways with school fairs, Parent Consultation Evenings, International Evenings and performances. I know that she is known to many families within the school community and will have taught many of your children. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at South Grove to thank her and wish Mrs Saied all the very best for the future.

Mrs Sarah Young – Mrs Young joined the same time as Mrs Saied as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2005. She initially worked in KS2 and then after returning from maternity leave she became part time, teaching French and covering PPA. This is what she has continued to do as well as supporting with some interventions particularly in Year 6. Mrs Young has very much been part of South Grove’s school community supporting with extra-curricular activities such as French Club, Summer Fairs, and International Evenings. I am very pleased to say that Mrs Young will continue to work in Waltham Forest in a primary school teaching two days a week as she is doing now and teaching French. We thank her and wish her all the very best for her new role.

Mrs Marinella Alderson has worked within our Early Years Foundation Stage for the last 5 years. She has been a Reception Class Teacher and most recently she has been a part-time teacher working with both Nursery and Reception children carrying out intervention groups to support children to develop their early skills. She has developed an interest in SEN and inclusion provision within mainstream schools and I am very pleased to say that she has secured a part-time role within another local school within Waltham Forest working specifically with children with SEN needs and setting up her own nurture group. She has supported the school well during her time here and we thank her for all her hard work with both staff and children. We wish her all the very best for the future.

Miss Fiza Kiyani – Miss Kiyani joined South Grove 3 years ago as a newly qualified teacher. She has progressed well in her teaching career taking up a post of responsibility for the Science Curriculum. She has always worked within Year 2 and supported children during this time to achieve their very best with amazing results. She is now moving on to pastures new and has accepted a new teaching post in Westminster. We thank her and wish her well.

Miss Alison Appleton Miss Appleton joined us at South Grove two years ago as an NQT. She has worked within Year 1 during this time and supported the children well to achieve their very best ready for Year 2. She has now decided to move onto pastures new and get closer to home! We thank her for her commitment to South Grove during this time and we would like to wish her all the very best for the future.

Mrs Knox Mrs Knox has been our interim Music Leader for the Summer Term. She has continued to provide the school with our music curriculum and extra-curricular clubs. She also introduced the children to a couple of new clubs including drumming club and a jazz group. The Music Concerts have been enjoyed by children, staff and parents.  Mrs Knox is moving to a new secondary school as a Music and Drama teacher. We wish her all the very best for the future.

We will miss them all.

Ms Maltwood

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