Sunday, 19 November 2017

Departing office manager crowned at May fair

A DEPARTING member of staff at a primary school in Henley was crowned at the school’s May fair.

A DEPARTING member of staff at a primary school in Henley was crowned at the school’s May fair.

Office manager Cath Keetch was presented with the floral garland to wear by Henley Mayor Julian Brookes.

She then sat next to the school’s May king Ollie Knotman and May queen Molly Skinner, both 11, to watch the other children dancing round a Maypole.

Mrs Keetch, from Caversham, is the Heights Primary School in Caversham after more than seven years at Badgemore.

The king and queen, who are both in their final term at the school, sat on decorated “thrones” and gave speeches to the audience of children, staff and parents and grandparents.

Ollie said: “I will miss this place a lot. When I started seven years ago I thought that the year sixes were giants and I never thought I could ever be that tall. And looking at me now I’m still not that tall… yet!” Molly said the school was “fantastic” and spoke about her favourite memory — a woodlands trip with canoeing.

Both children were applauded by the audience.

Each class then took it in turns to dance round the Maypole to music and were applauded as they skipped into the performing area.

Headteacher Jacky Steele said: “It’s a lovely event and we have got members of the local community here. It’s lovely that they come to support us when we do something like this.”

Members of the school’s Friends group sold tea, coffee and cakes, helping to raise £137. Bev Calvert, a member of the group whose eight-year-old son Daniel is a pupil, said: “It was a lovely way to end the first half of term and it was good to see some of the teachers and the Mayor getting involved.”

The school’s summer fair will be held on June 18 from noon to 3pm.



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