A FOND farewell was bid to a valued member of a Felpham school.
Val Tansley, who has been a governor at Bishop Tufnell C of E Infant School for some ten years and chair of the governors for 14 years, has waved cheerio to staff and pupils.
Headteacher Rosemary Appleby said: “Val has freely and generously given her time to our school community.
“She has fulfilled her responsibility as ‘critical friend’ sensitively and with rigour while maintaining a supportive and friendly role as well.
“Val has shown a passion for ensuring our school continues to improve the quality of provision that it provides and has been a valued member of our school family.
“I will miss Val personally and professionally. Au revoir and thank you, Val, from the bottom of my heart”
In her end-of-year report to parents, Mrs Tansley said: “I can honestly say I have really enjoyed all aspects of being a governor at Bishop Tufnell C of E Infant School.
“It has been a real privilege and pleasure to spend time with such a dedicated and committed band of people in the school.
“That includes everyone: the teachers, teaching assistants, office staff, dinner ladies and the cleaners.
“Many thanks to everyone for your friendship as well as the help and support you have given me, particularly in my role as chairman of the governing body.”
She also thanked her colleagues on the governing body both past and present, parents, grandparents and friends of the school.
Mrs Tansley also paid tribute to head teacher Mrs Appleby.
She said: “I will certainly hope to keep in touch and will watch as the school moves on and develops further in the future.
“I hope also to have the opportunity to spend more time with the children in the classroom as a volunteer helper.”
Mrs Tansley was given a special send-off by pupils at a special thank-you assembly held for the school’s volunteers.
She was presented with an engraved vase, flowers, scrapbooks full of photographic memories of the school and a piece of framed artwork from each year group as a thank you for all her hard work, and as a lasting reminder of her time at the school.