TEN years at The Towers have been celebrating by retiring headmistress Carole Baker.
She has seen The Towers Convent School, in Henfield Road, Upper Beeding, through many exciting events and changes, from its centenary celebrations in 2003 to the opening of a new building in 2006.
Almost every year since then, there has been change, which she said had brought the school to the success it is today.
Celebrations and activities took place throughout July, leading up to Mrs Baker’s retirement.
Her tenth and final year had begun with the opening of a new building to house the two year five classes, then came the planning for the Solstice weekend in June, to try to raise £10,000 to share between Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Nurses.
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One of the weekend events was an auction, with music and performers from each of the ten musicals staged over Mrs Baker’s ten years at The Towers.
During her final week, there were lots of surprises for Mrs Baker, including a huge banner declaring “a decade of devotion and dedication”, 200m of bunting with each pennant embroidered or decorated by a pupil or member of staff, various parties, and a whole school picnic followed by a performing arts afternoon.
A school spokesman said: “True to type, Mrs Baker persuaded a group of staff and Sisters to form a group called ‘wrong direction’ to enter as surprise guitar act.”
The highlight of the week was mass, celebrated by Bishop Kieran Conry and six other priests and deacons of the diocese.
Mrs Baker has been made an honorary member of the Independent Schools Association for her services and the fact she leaves behind her a thriving school with superb facilities.
She intends to continue with school inspections but also to devote more time to her granddaughter, Olivia.
In September, Mrs Clare Trelfa will take over the role. She is moving from her post as deputy head of the Marist School, Ascot.