HEADTEACHER Sonja Harrison has bowed out after 14 years in charge of Queen’s Manor with an uplifting message to the school community.
“I have had a glorious time at Queen’s Manor. It has been a privilege to teach, work with, support and learn from an amazing school community,” wrote Mrs Harrison in her farewell letter to children, parents, carers, staff and governors.
“With the help of many passionate and committed people both within the school and beyond, the school has continued to go from strength to strength.
“The major highlight of my time at QM has got to be the people and the teamwork; laughing, sharing, supporting, encouraging and understanding.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff I have had the pleasure of working alongside over the past 18 years; the admin teams, teaching teams, support teams and catering & cleaning teams – they have all done their bit to make QM the place it is today.
“QM only works because of all the amazing people front of house and behind the scenes who keep the cogs whirring. I will miss you all.
“To the children of QM, you will all hold a very special place in my heart and I will continue to smile and glow with pride as I hear about you reaching milestones and achieving your dreams.
“Always remember, if you follow QM’s Golden Rule ‘Treat others as you wish to be treated’ you won’t go far wrong in life.”
Mrs Harrison, who is returning to her native Wirral to take up a headship, said on a recent trip to QM her eldest daughter said:
“I wish I went to your school Mummy. Queen’s Manor feels like a family; it’s a really happy place.”
Mrs Harrison also singled out Friends of Queen’s Manor who “have made a significant difference to the offer at QM, helping to secure a great atmosphere and opportunities for children and parents.”
Finally, she handed over her post to Acting Headteacher Miss Phoebe du Parcq, who she said had “always put the needs of the children first and upholds Queen’s Manor’s values to the core. “
Mrs Harrison added: “Her sharp mind and even sharper sense of humour has carried us through moments when we’ve needed quick and sensible answers to issues and a little light relief on the side. I hope that you will all continue to back her in the day-to-day and strategic leadership of QM as you have with me.”
Chair of governors Bryanna Paterson said: “Mrs Harrison has been our Headteacher for the past 14 years during which time we have witnessed the school go from strength to strength and be transformed into the wonderfully creative and lively community it is today.
“Together with the staff and associates of QM, Mrs Harrison has worked tirelessly to ensure that every child has been the best that they can be; her passion for improving opportunities and enjoyment for all has been at the forefront of every decision made.
“I am sure that you will join me in thanking Mrs Harrison for her commitment to the school and wish her all the very best in the next chapter of her life.”
You can read Mrs Harrison’s farewell letter in full here.