Kay’s Christmas message

by swisscottage / December 21st, 2012 / in Archive 2012/13 / 0 Comments

We are drawing towards the end of a long, busy term and it’s time for reflection. It has been a term of growth and change with our new building, website, new learners, staff, governors, parents and partners!

Our learners, to our surprise and pride, have shown considerable resilience with the move into our  new building and have settled well into their new school.

Looking back over the term so many events have taken place in such a short time.

We moved out of Brondesbury Park in July ,expecting to move into our new building in September. However that was not to be and very turbulent times followed. Fortunately, and with huge commitment and dedication from staff, our learners settled into temporary accommodations across North London and continued with their education. We finally moved into our new building in late-October, with an audible sigh of relief from everyone.

A number of new students and staff have joined us this year and we are now a thriving school community of 235 children and young people and 191 members of staff, plus many valued  volunteers, and also teams of Health staff, many of whom are working both in Swiss Cottage and beyond.

We are sad to say goodbye today to one very long-serving member of the Senior team; Gill Collins, one of our Vice Principals. Gill has been part of the team for 17 years, and has worked very hard and with great skill and commitment to make Swiss Cottage the success it is today. We thank her, wish her luck in her retirement and wish her all the best for the future.

Finally, on behalf of the students, staff and governors of Swiss Cottage School, Development & Research Centre I would like to wish everyone a joyful Christmas and a peaceful New Year

Kay Bedford, OBE

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