Farewell to Arna Bennett - Dedicated Head of Junior School for more than 25 Years

Jul 30, 2019

 

After more than 25 years service to Somerville House as the Head of Junior School, Mrs Arna Bennett, will complete her service to the school at the end of 2019.  Many of our Old Girls will have fond memories of their time in the Junior School and the OGA would like to wish Arna the very best for her many wonderful adventures ahead.  We extend our thanks to Arna for her many years of dedication to the students.  Please feel free to share your memories and well wishes for Arna in her future endevours.  Below, we share the letter to current parents from Principal, Kim Kiepe.

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Dear Parents

 

It is with a tinge of sadness I advise parents that at the end of 2019, we will farewell Mrs Arna Bennett, Head of Junior School, as she steps back from her position to spend time travelling a path away from Somerville. 

 

Mrs Bennett joined Somerville House in 1993 and has been outstanding in her leadership as Head of Junior School. Arna has played a key role in leading learning and student achievement. She has worked with four Principals throughout her 26 years at Somerville. On behalf of past Principals Dr Murray Evans, Dr Ness Goodwin and Mrs Flo Kearney, I acknowledge Arna’s strengths in working with the Junior School team of teachers and their shared journey of challenge, laughter and celebration. In Arna’s words, “Somerville House will always have a special place in my heart”. She is a great educator who shall be missed by her colleagues and students. I know we will be sad to see Arna leave our Somerville community at the end of the year.  

 

I am sure you will join with me in wishing Arna and Gordon (Honorary Somerville House team member!) all the very best as they enjoy some planned travel together in 2020. We wish them both well-deserved happy times ahead.

 

With every good wish

Kim Kiepe


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