8th July 20
She is a Lower School legend who has instilled a love of books and reading in hundreds of students in the 25 years she’s been at the school. Here she looks back on her time at the school.
“My association with KAS began when my son, Daniel, joined reception in 1992. Four years later, in 1996, my son Sam followed in his footsteps. Then in 1995, I became a member of staff. Between myself and my two children we have collectively clocked up half a century of association with KAS.
Before arriving, I had been a classroom teacher and advisory teacher focusing on literacy development in several London schools. I began at KAS as part time teacher, based in our then small library. Over time, as my children grew so did my role, to full time library teacher and then English coordinator. In the last few years, I have returned to the library part-time.
During my time at KAS, I have worked with a number of different Head teachers, all of whom have recognised that a library is an essential part of a learning community and that reading for information and pleasure supports personal and academic growth. I hope I have helped to ensure our library provides a safe place for children to think, create, share and grow into lifelong learners.
As Michael Morpurgo eloquently says:
“It is through the magic of stories children can extend their imagination, intellectual curiosity, develop the empathy and awareness that they will need to help them tackle the complexities of their own emotions”.
I am extraordinarily sad to be leaving wonderful KAS, (tearing up as I write this), but I take with me many cherished memories. Here are some of my personal highlights………
KAS has been an enormous part of my life for 25 years and it is hard to say goodbye. I will always be grateful for and will never forget, the kind-hearted supportive colleagues, the KAS community but especially the children.”