Gold and goodbyes at St Edmund’s School

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School'Alish Kemble and Michael McLoughlin present Jo Pepper with her retirement picture by Brian Whelan.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150722-210836009
St Edmund's Catholic Primary School'Alish Kemble and Michael McLoughlin present Jo Pepper with her retirement picture by Brian Whelan.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150722-210836009
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There were gold awards and goodbyes on the last day of the school year at St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School.

The Bury St Edmunds school’s junior road safety officers were presented with a Gold Award, after their first year in office, by Suffolk County Council road safety officer Barbara Smithson.

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School Junior Road Safety Award, Tara Stewart with Oscar Lyons, Alish Kemble, Charlotte Berry and Charmanee Winser 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150722-210940009

St Edmund's Catholic Primary School Junior Road Safety Award, Tara Stewart with Oscar Lyons, Alish Kemble, Charlotte Berry and Charmanee Winser 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150722-210940009

Oscar Lyons, Alish Kemble, Charlotte Bury and Charmanee Winser have led assemblies and hosted competitions to boost road safety awareness, as well as working with PCSO Amanda Dodds to tackle unsafe parking outside the school.

They had to keep a scrapbook on the work they did, which was submitted to Suffolk County Council’s Road Safety Team to be graded.

But they were not alone. The school itself has been awarded a Religious Education Council Gold Religious Education Quality Mark.

It joins two other gold award holders in Bury, St Benedict’s Catholic School, who also received it this year, and St Edmundsbury Primary School, which received it last year. Cedars Park Community Primary School, in Stowmarket, and St Mary’s Church of England Academy, in Mildenhall, also hold them.

St Edmund’s teacher Jo Pepper said: “RE is at the heart of all that we do and stand for. We want our children to learn about the world they live in and grow as responsible individuals who show an interest and tolerance in the beliefs and values of others.”

But Jo was also saying goodbye to the school where she has taught for 10 years, having been a pupil their in the 1960s and had a son and daughter go there.

She was given an original painting by the artist Brian Whelan, who has worked with the school on two murals.