PUPILS at Easebourne Primary School waved goodbye to the end of their school year, and their much-loved headteacher.
Arthur Bain retired at the end of the summer term after 17 years at the helm of Easebourne CE Primary School.
At the same time last year, students and staff said goodbye to the old Easebourne Street site and looked toward their new chapter at Wheelbarrow Castle.
Governors have expressed their gratitude to Mr Bain for his ‘prodigious attention to detail in the transfer of the school to its present site in Wheelbarrow Castle’.
They added: “It is a huge legacy, which will benefit the children for generations to come.
“We would like to wish him and his wife a very, very happy retirement.”
Speaking to parents ahead of his departure, Mr Bain said: “It is strange to think I’m saying a final farewell to Easebourne School and more especially the people who make it such a special place – governors, staff, children, parents and friends both past and present.
“It has been these teams of people who through their tenacity, hard work and professionalism have made the school what it is today.
“It has been a pleasure to watch these teams develop, mature and grow, working together to provide a happy, stable learning environment for all the children in our community.
“I must especially mention the teachers who over the years have had to deal with ever-changing expectations and who have repeatedly responded with stoicism and effectiveness.”
The school council presented Mr Bain with leaving gifts from parents, including an easel, art materials and gift vouchers.
“I thank you all for your loyalty and support throughout the years,” he added.
“I have had a fantastic time and will miss every single one of you.
“Easebourne is now very fortunate and has all the space and facilities that anyone could wish for.”
“Thank you all for making my years at Easebourne such a wonderful experience.”
Jonathon Culley, former head of Harting CE Primary School, will be stepping into Arthur Bain’s shoes in September.