Parents gathered to say a surprise thank you to an acting head teacher.
Tobias Melia was the acting head teacher of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Haywards Heath during the autumn term.
The parents wanted to thank Mr Melia for driving the school through a period of transition with ‘enthusiasm, compassion, warmth, kindness and at all times striving for academic excellence’.
He was given an engraved fountain pen, Champagne, a John Lewis voucher and a book full of messages.
Joint organiser and parent Pauline Gaston said: “Mr Melia really has been an inspiration to all involved at the school. We have seen greatly improved home/school communication systems, a modification of the school assessment procedures, an improvement to the physical environment and a dedication to the use of positive language throughout the school.
“He has been a warm, friendly and approachable head teacher who greets each child by name at the school gate each morning. His spiritual leadership of the school has been evident in all that he does and children and their families are extremely fond of him. He has a great passion for school improvement and communicates this regularly.”
Mr Melia said that it was a great honour and a pleasure to work with the whole school community past and present, and that he was proud to be deputy head at the school where he felt extremely well supported.
He welcomed new head teacher Cath Walker and added that he was looking forward to working with her and to the opportunities and adventures in 2013.