PUPILS in Arundel wept as they said their final good-byes to a ‘fierce Terminator’ of a teacher on Friday (March 27).
Beloved Year-five tutor and sports head, Sandra Rees, is calling time on the place that’s been her home for 14 years – Arundel CE Primary School.
“She’s someone who cares and loves the children as individuals and always gets the best out of them.”Andrew Simpson, head teacher
At an emotional leaving assembly, attended by the whole school, teachers, governors and past pupils, Mrs Rees made a teary-eyed farewell as children cried and hugged her good-bye.
In a touching tribute, one of Mrs Rees’ pupils, Ulyssia Bayley, ten, read a poem to the school in which she described the educator as a ‘fierce Terminator’ and a ‘one-of-a-kind, truly ace teacher’.
Mrs Rees said: “It was just so emotional to be honest.
“I know I have been here for ages but I really do love this school. Everyone has been so great, I’m going to miss it so much.
“It’s just been absolutely amazing. It’s like having one big family.”
Mrs Rees has taken the brave move to uproot from Worthing to pastures new in Devon, starting her own holiday letting business with her husband, Kerrin.
However, she said she’d never forget her time at Arundel, which she felt had been some of her most memorable years in teaching.
She first came to the school 14 years ago, having previously worked at the English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, in Durrington, and at the Chatsmore Catholic High School, in Goring, among others.
During her time in Arundel, Mrs Rees has been instrumental in encouraging sporting success at the school.
As well as being a keen sports fan, and netball player, Mrs Rees admitted that she was also very competitive, a trait she has passed on to the youngsters.
Through her efforts, the school, despite being one of the smallest in the area, has become a sporting powerhouse, topping the league table of the Littlehampton and Arundel Sports Partnership competitions for years,
Head teacher Andrew Simpson said the loss of Mrs Rees would leave a large hole in the school.
“She’s someone who cares and loves the children as individuals and always gets the best out of them,” he said. “She’ll be missed.”