Today we had a very important visitor, Mr Ken Hawkins, who was headteacher of Southmead Primary when it first opened in 1968. I met with Mr Hawkins and his daughter, who is now a teacher herself, and one of our ex teachers and Governor, Mrs Ann Griffiths. At the ripe old age of 86 all Mr Hawkins wanted for his birthday was to be back at Southmead where he was headteacher for over 20 years.
Mrs Leslie Davis (HLTA) stayed behind after school to say, 'Hello' as she had been one of Mr Hawkin's pupils, as had Mrs Aimee Finlay and Mr Philip Corney. He was thrilled and remembered them, and many stories about them.
Mr Hawkin's memories were sharp, clear and filled with warmth even though he kept apologising for being forgetful! He had very fond memories of his time at Southmead, and could point out trees that were planted for him, and also remembered the old swimming pool.
Mr Hawkins was pleased to meet with KS1 children who were practising their Christmas songs, and he was impressed with their beautiful work displayed on the walls.
Wayne, our school chef, had baked Mr Hawkins a beautiful birthday cake with fresh strawberries and cream, and had written his name in chocolate on the top, thanking him for his excellent contribution as our ex headteacher. Mr Hawkins enjoyed sharing this with the School Council.
He met with Governors and staff and enjoyed every moment of his visit, but best of all he congratulated me on looking after his school so well. I was delighted. I can only hope that I am half as bright as he is, when I reach his age!