Mrs Tansley's Fond Farewell
to Tower Hill Primary
Well, my last week finally dawned - and what a week it was! I am taking this sneaky opportunity to thank absolutely everyone for the most remarkable series of events that were laid on for 'my departure' (I'm trying not to use the 'R' word...as it's SO early!!) and to say 'farewell' to you all.
How the staff team managed to plan, co-ordinate and rehearse all of the fabulous performances by the children, from the most moving rendition of our school song, 'When I Look At You' in the playground before school, to the whole afternoon of incredibly touching - and also on occasion cheekily funny! - songs and poems on the final Friday was quite extraordinary. But then the staff team at Tower Hill have never ceased to amaze me with their creativity, innovation, dedication and high expectations!
Whilst I do want to thank EVERYONE for their thoughtfulness, I would like to mention some members of the team by name though, who I know were the driving forces behind the fabulous send off that I so enjoyed.....Mrs. Ward for her cunningness and creativity; Miss Ovenden for her generosity and patience; Mr. Collins for his ability to keep out of the way - as and when required! - but to find the time to write the hilarious poem about my 'little idiosyncrasies'; Mrs. Cartlidge for her talent in capturing my time at Tower Hill in a poem; Miss Dinsdale for the funniest and yet most moving 'Leavers' Assembly' - not a dry eye in the house; Mrs. Fitzpatrick for secretly galvanising the most incredible collections from staff, and you, the parent community; Mr. Hinsley and Mr. Harding for my 'Playing Field Thanks!'; and Mr. Whitehead, for managing to 'not let the cat out of the bag' on SO many occasions...it must have almost killed him!
The generosity of you all - staff, parents, governors and children - has been so very touching. I have been utterly overwhelmed by the words in your cards, the comments in my Leaving Book, and the generosity that produced such a fabulous and completely unexpected set of wonderful, memorable gifts. I will treasure them always and as I watch my olive tree grow, I will think of you all and the wonderful times that I've shared at Tower Hill - a truly OUTSTANDING school now...and I know for years to come.
The greatest honour was bestowed to me on the last night of the term, when the staff team revealed the re-naming of the New Tower as the Tansley Tower. What a complete privilege. Thank you all.
People visiting Tower Hill speak of its warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere; its variety, its creativity and the way in which it develops each and every child's potential. To create this atmosphere and ethos we pride ourselves on our teamwork. Every member of staff at Tower Hill is fully aware of, and is committed to their role in the school vision. Every child feels proud to be part of this, and proud to belong. Relationships are key to EVERYTHING that we do and achieve at Tower Hill.
Tower Hill is also about fun: fun to learn - fun to live. Our values – Respect, Fairness, Friendliness, High Expectations, Achievement and Confidence – were drawn up by us all, pupil and adult, to reflect the qualities which we feel our children need for them to develop socially, emotionally and academically.
I know these things will not change under Miss Ovenden and Mrs. Ward.
I bid you all the fondest of farewells, but leave you with a little reminder of me in the Reading Chair, magnificently (I'm sure you'll agree) hand-made by Mrs. Ward's amazingly talented husband, and inscribed with such a key line from my always 'end-of-year poem' by Robert Frost. I hope you will all enjoy its presence in the Eco Hub. It is my gift to Tower Hill and comes with my most sincere and heartfelt best wishes to you all - you will never leave my thoughts - or my heart.
Mrs. Linda Tansley...AKA Mrs T xx
Tower Hill's Key Values
At Tower Hill Primary School, we have 6 Key Values that were chosen by all stakeholders. These are:
All of the children in school know these Key Values very well which is evident every day through their conduct and approach to their learning.
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Sports Day 2019
On Thursday 20th June Tower Hill held their annual Sports Day. Click on the pictures below to find out more!
On Wednesday 22nd May 2019, Tower Hill Primary School celebrated it's 100th birthday with a whole day of celebrations.
The day started by welcoming past pupils and teachers back to find out how school had changed over the years and many were quite surprised with how different the building is now and everybody commented on the fabulous children that they met along their tour.
Every class has been studying a different decade from the past 100 years and during the tour, our visitors were met with children learning how to jive, children who could tell us all about the moon landing as well as children finding out what life was really like during the war. It was like taking a step back in time!
Every class also came to school dressed appropriately for the decade that they had been studying. We had everybody from World War 1 Soldiers to some very cheeky minions in school.
Over the course of the morning we treated our visitors to some wonderful performances including the whole school reciting a story about Tower Hill through the decades written by Miss Dinsdale and Mrs Cartlidge and some fabulous singing from Mrs Smith's amazing choir.
The morning was rounded off with the Mayor unveiling our commemorative plaque but the day didn't end there! The children then had a wonderful street party and disco on the school field to celebrate this very special event.
Take a look at more photos and the Centenary story on the Centenary page...