Thursday is a very sad day for staff and pupils from Cedar, Stanley Grove and Rushbrook Primary as we say farewell to our wonderful Principal, Mr Mellen. At one point during his time with BFET he has been the man in charge at each school and has never let us down. Always professional, never short of a witty one liner and an avid tweeter he firmly believes had his career as a teacher not taken off he would have been the next Keith Moon (just for the record he loves drumming) Why do you think he used every Christmas show as an excuse to bang out a tune?
With his brilliant mind Phil has always been creative in thinking up ways of fundraising for the school – his obsession with getting a 3G pitch at Stanley Grove was relentless and after MANY charity football matches it opened in 2016, any excuse to get his skins on and jump in goal! Suffice to say the facility is a legacy to him and Stanley Grove and the local community will benefit for years to come.
When Mr Mellen arrived at Cedar he set his sights on replenishing the music dept with new instruments and arranged a 24 hour Jamathon with pupils and staff. The night was a roaring success however the rendition of ‘Jaammmaatthhoonn’ devised and performed on the night is one for the ‘sin bin’.
Phil has been a great colleague and from day one adopted an open door policy, he always made time for staff or pupils if they needed a chat or a shoulder to cry on and is a great loss to our school. We’ve been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him. He leaves Cedar in the best position the school has been in for years as the DfE release data for 2018 – it’s official – ‘Cedar Mount is the most improved school in Manchester for progress’.
Good Luck Phil we wish you the best of luck in your new role, keep in touch and follow us on twitter.