School library renamed after governor

PUPILS and staff at an Ipswich school honoured a former governor in a special assembly.Mary Rackham, who recently lost her fight with pancreatic cancer at the age of 69, was governor of the Sidegate Lane Primary School for 30 years, chairing the body for 10 years.

PUPILS and staff at an Ipswich school honoured a former governor in a special assembly.

Mary Rackham, who recently lost her fight with pancreatic cancer at the age of 69, was governor of the Sidegate Lane Primary School for 30 years, chairing the body for 10 years.

Following the assembly a group of children accompanied Mrs Rackham's husband Barry, son Richard and daughter Jane to formally re-name the school's library in honour of her.

During the assembly headmaster Andrew Waterman talked to pupils about the work that Mrs Rackham had done.


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He said: “It was a very fitting tribute to a very special lady.”

The assembly sang Mrs Rackham's favourite assembly song, 'One more step along the road,' and a pupil and local chorister sang 'God be in my head'.

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Pupils from Year six told the assembly their memories of the former governor and how she had supported them, particularly helping them with their reading.

Mrs Rackham's services to education in Suffolk were rewarded when she received an MBE from the Queen in 2003.

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