Celebrations held for retiring Harpenden head

Manland School retiring head teacher Melanie Smith with school children and a Story Chair dedicated

Manland School retiring head teacher Melanie Smith with school children and a Story Chair dedicated to her 12 years of service at the school. - Credit: Archant

A Harpenden school has run a week of fetes, parties and concerts to celebrate their retiring headteacher.

Melanie Smith has helmed Manland School for 12 years,

Chair of Governors, Clare Turner, said: “Miss Smith’s caring nature, skilful leadership and sense of humour will be much missed by everyone at Manland.

“She deserves a relaxing and fulfilling retirement after all the hard work she has invested in the school, and we hope these farewell events will give her plenty of happy memories to look back on.”

The school has run a series of events to mark Miss Smith’s retirement, including a fete, with pupils, teachers, and governors past and present invited.


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She has also had a story chair dedicated to her, for students to enjoy for years to come.

Additionally, Miss Smith was guest of honour at the inaugural performance of the Manland School orchestra.

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The orchestra had been her greatest ambition for the school.

They performed hits from the likes of Barry Manilow, Miss Smith’s favourite artist.

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