It is with great sadness that the school, the Mathematics department and myself will find ourselves saying goodbye to Mrs Walsh at the end of this term as she returns to All Hallows to further her career as a teacher of Mathematics.
Mrs Walsh came to the school as the Curriculum Leader for Mathematics two and a half years ago. She arrived during a time of transition for the Mathematics department and immediately set about putting her own mark on what was already a successful department. New initiatives and reworkings of practices were brought in and the department developed a new found focus on its core intents, the implementation of ideas and a greater understanding of the impact that the department can have on pupil progress.
Both in and out of the classroom, Mrs Walsh has demonstrated a kindness and concerns for others that will forever do her credit. Her willingness to listen and engage with pupils and staff, remaining positive and constructive is an example for us all. Her ability to encourage pupils lacking in confidence in Mathematics and the number of pupils who would spend their lunchtimes during the week doing extra Mathematics practice because of her influence, should remind everybody of what we do as a school and why it is so important that we do it as well as we can.
During the recent restrictions, Mrs Walsh set herself the important goal of ‘enriching’ the school learning experience for pupils. The pupils have already had a number of experiences this term, such as Zoom calls from the Bank of England and an investigation into online fraud in association with Natwest Bank. There are many more activities to come in the upcoming terms thanks to Mrs Walsh, which will be of great benefit to the pupils involved.
Finally, on behalf of the school, the pupils, the department and myself, I would like to thank Mrs Walsh once again for everything she has contributed. She was always a whirlwind in the department, always on the move, whether it was working with pupils or improving the department but would always find time for individuals. The care she has for others is, and I’m sure always will be, evident in her career in schools and the Mathematics departments will do its best to live up to the example set.
Farewell Mrs Walsh, the “heart of the Mathematics department” – know that you will be missed.
Assistant Head of Mathematics, on behalf of the Mathematics Department.
I would like to say on behalf of the whole school community, good luck and farewell to Mrs Walsh. She has been a dedicated Curriculum Leader for Maths and a great colleague. As a school, we wish her the best of luck in her new position.