School says mum is its fairy godmother

By Barrie Hudson - 17 December 2020

Education

The mum of a student at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy has been described as a fairy godmother by staff.

  • Head f Year 11 David Storey and head of Year 7 Joe Randall modelling masks and hats made by the mystery professional seamstress

    Head f Year 11 David Storey and head of Year 7 Joe Randall modelling masks and hats made by the mystery professional seamstress

The parent, who insists on her identity not being revealed, has made scores of brightly coloured masks, hats and snoods for the school community.

Head teacher Mrs Anita Ellis said the mum, a professional seamstress, had been furnishing the school with cheerful masks for months, but only on condition that she remain anonymous.

“This parent really is a mum in a million,” said Mrs Ellis.

“She has gone out of her way to source the material herself, after asking us what we would like, and to get the right sizes for us. 

"The masks are also incredibly well made, too. It's the type of support that has really brightened our day, especially as many of us are in masks most of the day whilst on duty or working in close proximity to students.

“What’s more, our costs for disposable face masks are increasing all the time and so having re-usable ones is better for the environment and for the school’s budget.

“She is adamant that she doesn’t want people to know her identity, so we think of her as our fairy godmother, who almost magically turns up with these fantastic gifts.

“When she realised that staff on duty outside were often having to stand in the rain, she added to her repertoire and produced these really fabulous hats.

"The ones with dinosaurs and Day of the Dead skeletons have proved the most popular, and some of the male teachers are quite happy to wear pink hats with unicorns, so it’s been a bit of light relief in a year that’s been tough for the entire community.

“She has made us Christmas ones for the last few weeks of term and this has really cheered us up.  We really can’t thank her enough – and we can’t get enough of the masks and hats!”

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