Special farewells were said this week to Mrs Jonquil King executive headteacher of Blackboys and Framfield Primary Schools.
Mrs King has held her role for the past five years since the two schools were brought together into the St Thomas a Becket Church of England Federation – one of the first school federations set up in East Sussex.
She was head at Blackboys for more than ten years before becoming executive head, and is now moving on to take up a new appointment, working for the local authority, with the diocese, supporting education generally within East Sussex and further afield.
Blackboys and Framfield schools each held their own tea parties in honour of Mrs King and the children came together in a farewell service at Framfield Church yesterday, led by the Rev Chris Lawrence.
Blackboys held its tea party on Friday and the whole school took part in events which included a rendition of Mrs King’s favourite David Bowie songs, with the children accompanied by music teacher Mrs Bayman on the piano.
A cake was made for the occasion, carrying the school crest, along with cupcakes for each child. Former pupils and their parents were invited to enjoy the party too.
Framfield’s tea party was held yesterday afternoon and was launched with Mrs King putting the finishing touches to planting a tree to mark the occasion.
There was another cake, made by one of the parents, this time with a picture of the school on the top, cupcakes for the children, refreshments served by members of the PTFA, and entertainment including a piece by young violinists.
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