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Andrea Bettridge, Assistant Head & Year 2 Teacher (Swift)

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I joined Bridgewater Primary School in 2013 when it first became a Primary School. I have worked in Year 3, Year 4 and more recently Year 2 and I have enjoyed teaching all of these year groups. Prior to joining Bridgewater I worked in a junior school in Luton and before this an Educational Support Centre in St Albans. In a previous life, I was a police officer for 17 years and I feel very lucky to have been able to commit myself passionately to two worthwhile careers.

 

I love the community spirit and parental involvement at Bridgewater and I have been very lucky to have such supportive parents over the last few years. I enjoy inviting parents into my classroom to share the excellent work that their children produce. 

 

My mother once said when I was about 8 years old, 'It is a shame that Andrea can't sing because she knows the words to all of the songs!' Well, I still can't sing, but somehow I manage to get the children to sing beautifully and I lead singing assemblies once a week. These are always uplifting occasions and if parents are ever in school on a Singing Assembly day, they are very welcome to attend.

I have many memorable moments from my time as a teacher, such as breaking my ankle whilst supporting a girl from my class at Cross Country and winning a dramatic cup final with penalty shoot outs with my year 4 girls last year. More recently, my current Year 2 class also won a cup final with a penalty shoot out and I had to hold the hand of a girl when she took her penalty because she was so nervous.

My most memorable moment to date, however would have to be the 'End of an Era' event that my Year 4 class produced in July 2015. I had taught the class for 2 years and they were very special to me. During the event they sang Memory (with Italian solos), One Day More (from Les Miserables) and We are the Champions. It was an emotional event and a fitting way to end my two years with them. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Year 2 and am very pleased to be staying in this year group. It is an important year as the children will sit National Tests in May but we make sure that they have lots of fun on the way. Important things for the Year 2 children to learn are their 2, 5 and 10 times tables in Maths and using correct punctuation in their writing. More importantly though, we want them to make new friendships, act as role models to Year 1 and reception children and sing at least one song every day!

 

Email me: andrea.bettridge@bridgewater.herts.sch.uk

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