CHILDREN and parents from Charles Baines Community Primary School in Gainsborough have shown their appreciation for their lollipop lady by nominating her for a Teacher’s Rose.
Not only is Mrs Mandy Goddard a lollipop lady at the school, but she also helps out in the classroom and on school trips and is an active member of the Friends of Charles Baines Communityy School.
Having attended the school herself as a child, Mrs Goddard said it was a special tribute she be awarded the Gainsborough Standard’s Teacher’s Rose in recognition of all of the work she does. We went along at home time to take Mrs Goddard by surprise and present her with her rose award as she was helping youngsters cross the road.
“It feels really good to be appreciated,” she said. “It may be a little embarassing but I’m so happy! I just love working here. I get on really well with everyone. They are all such nice people - children, teachers, parents, teaching assistants - the lot.”
She continued: “I’ve got a good relationship with the parents and everybody’s just so kind and they appreciate everything that you do.”
So dedicated is Mrs Goddard to her role at Charles Baines, that she was back to work and full of spirit much sooner than anyone could have expected after she had a slipped disc in her back this year.
“The parents and kids made me get well soon cards and I was just itching to get back,” she said. “I hated being off work and they couldn’t keep me away. I’d just like to say thank you so much to those who nominated me - this is lovely.”
Mrs Goddard was nominated for the award by parent Mrs Jane Leak.
“The kids just absolutely dote on her so much and she does so much for the school,” she said. “Everybody loves her.”
“All of the kids cheered when she came back after she was off - they have such a fantastic relationship. She couldn’t do any more for the children.”
Headteacher Mr Walter added that Mrs Goddard was very deserving indeed.
“She’s just excellent,” he said. “The children see her every day, but she also helps in school with our Key Stage 1 children by listening to them read.”
Mr Walter added: “She’s an integral member of the school community because she’s got a great relationship with the children inside school, and as a result they have a lot of respect for her when she’s out helping the children stay safe crossing the road.”
To nominate YOUR school heroes for the Gainsborough Standard’s Teacher’s Rose, you can call 01427 615323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each nominee gets a rose from The Pink Orchid florists, Gainsborough, as well as a photo taken with their class and a report in the paper.