Outlook 24
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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New head teachers
The Abbey and St Mary’s Church of England Primary School both have new head teachers. Valuing the whole child in order to prepare him or her for a fast-changing world is central to the ethos of Nicola Mitchell (pictured left), who became Abbey School head teacher in September. ‘The world is changing at a very fast pace and it is the job of schools to educate children for the future; maintaining academic rigour, but also developing the attributes needed to ensure happy, confident and resilient adults of tomorrow’, she notes in setting out her aspirations for the Abbey. Extra-curricular activities are essential, she believes, to complement what is going on in the classroom. Karen Read (pictured right) is the new head of St Mary's C of E Primary School. She is an experienced Head who has come from Sproughton C of E Primary School in Ipswich, which is also a part of the Diocesan Academy Trust. She is looking forward to moving St Mary's on to even greater things. Anne Wright St Mary’s Mothers’ Union Our year has been a mix of talks, services and socialising. We have heard from MU charities about their work helping people in our country as well as overseas. We provide holidays for families in need who may not have had the chance of a break for some years. Overseas we help with parenting courses and literacy schemes. Recently we had a talk from Just 42, a local charity providing much-needed services for young people, followed in October by a talk on Save the Children. We now look forward to a talk on Norfolk’s Round Church Towers (9 November), an afternoon of Christmas Carols & Readings (14 December) – and then our New Year Lunch (12 January). For further information, please pick up a leaflet in church, or contact Margaret Lowe (383486) or Anne Wright (383690) Margaret Lowe