As outlined in previous communications, 5/6 Indigo’s current teacher, Ms Justine Patterson, is on a working VISA which lapses at the end of September.
The school in response to this inevitability has been exploring succession plan options and has decided that Mr Matthew McDonald will be teaching 5/6 Indigo from the beginning of Term 3 until the end of the year.
As Mr McDonald is a known and well-respected member of the existing Vardys Road staff, the transition to another teacher should be easier and the all-important teacher/student connection is already established.
Ms Patterson has already provided the school with comprehensive hand over notes and Mr McDonald will be part of the Stage 3 planning day this week.
Vardys Road would like to thank Ms Patterson for her tireless efforts, professionalism and her much needed student-centred approach. Her ability to guide 5/6 Indigo through an emotional time has been very much appreciated and we wish her well as she returns home to Ireland and in her future teaching career.
The school's PDHPE Release from Face to Face program will continue and the school is currently finalising arrangements with Mr McDonald's replacement.