We have to start the half term by sharing some very sad news that one of our long serving governors, Michael Clarke, passed away last week, after a long battle with cancer.
Mike had been a governor at Newlands since autumn 2012 and was a true ‘friend to Newlands’; as well as stepping up to be the Chair of Governors for some years when I first became the Headteacher here. He was a favourite smiling face at many Merit assemblies and school events during that time - infamous for shaking hands with children as they queued up to go in!
I have passed on our condolences on behalf of the school and governors to his family. We are currently thinking about how we can mark his service to Newlands and honour his memory with the children in the long term and will share this information once decided.