We are delighted to let you know that one of our staff members was nominated for, and won, a category in Sussex Teacher of the Year : Arun and Chichester.

Tracey Bailey won Arun’s Support Staff Member of the Year.

Tracey is not only school admin support, but also friend and confidante to pupils and staff – as well as event planner extraordinaire! Nothing is too much trouble for Tracey, who was praised by parents and colleagues alike for her hard work and positive outlook.

In addition to office duties and a busy club timetable, Tracey looks after the school’s website – and she is always ready to offer help and advice, or cover lunch duty when a member of staff is ill.

Tracey organises unforgettable activities for the children such as the Year 6 Leavers Disco. The event includes a slide show of photographs, the ‘Leavers Awards’ where children nominate each other for trophies, and confetti cannons at the end of the night.

Rustington Community Primary school has had international links this term with assistant teacher placements from Switzerland and a linked visit, through the work of the Rustington and District Twinning Association, with a school in Künzell, Germany.

Over the last few years we have been developing international links to give our children a wider experience of different countries and cultures. One of these is a link with the Zurich University of Teacher Education in Switzerland. The university has a range of courses that enable teachers to experience schooling in the UK – this can be through observation, group work with children or even whole class teaching if they are qualified teachers. This year we welcomed two teachers on initial teacher training who worked with year groups from EYFS to year 4 – their feedback was interesting as they said the schooling system in Switzerland was much less formal than ours, with children starting school at seven years old having been to Kindergarten from five to six. They are taking back ideas that they liked from our practice and merging it with the practice that exists in their schools.

We also welcomed the Rustington and District Twinning Association group in June with guests from Germany. They were over on a cultural visit and having already established links with the school they wanted to come back and look at the development of the school over the last couple of years. We also established the continuation of an art project that enables the children from Künzell to share their art work with our school.