Events to mark the retirement of Mr Ralph Baldock, Headteacher of Hollingbourne School.

The following newsletter has been circulated to the current parents of children at Hollingbourne CP School where Mr Ralph Baldock has been Headteacher for 28 years during which time the number of pupils has almost doubled. The School is arranging two events to which all former pupils, parents, and villagers are invited. The newsletter is reprinted below.

Dear Parents,

As you are all aware, Mr Baldock is retiring at the end of the academic year.  I am sure I speak for everyone when I say he will be deeply missed.

In celebration of Mr Baldock’s many years at Hollingbourne, we will be hosting a whole school picnic for everyone to attend.  This is open to all pupils, parents and staff, both past and present, so do share with everyone who knows Mr Baldock.  We will also be placing details of the event in the Parish magazine to reach as many people as possible.

The celebration has been booked for Thursday 20th July at 3.30-5.30pm and will take place on the school field.  Please bring along your own picnic.

At 6pm a staff only event will be held for Mr Baldock to give us the opportunity to say our farewells.  We would therefore ask you to ensure the field is clear for then.

Additionally, we will be holding a special farewell service for Mr Baldock on Thursday 20th July (2.45pm start) at Hollingbourne Church.  Everyone is invited to attend and our fabulous school choir will be singing too.

I know many of you have told me you would like to buy or contribute towards a parting gift for Mr Baldock.  Although of course, he does not expect a gift, Mr Baldock has requested that should you like to contribute, he would very much appreciate a charitable donation to Starfish Malawi.  Therefore, we have set up a Just Giving Page should you like to make a donation.  Please visit the Just Giving website and once on the page search R C Baldock and the page will be displayed.

Please pop in to see me should you need any further information.

Miss Allen

Deputy Headteacher

Pictured below is Ralph Baldock with a top hat on the right organising the maypole dancing at a previous village fete. Every year the Hollingbourne CP School dancers have been a key part of the Arena entertainment. The Just Giving Page for Starfish Malawi is