Former head teacher heads up new Minster programme

A packed programme of events for all the family is planned at Halifax Minster thanks to the appointment of a new member of the team.

Former Calderdale head teacher Karen Lomas has been appointed as the Minster’s education officer.

Karen was head at Savile Park Primary School for 12 years, and prior to that, deputy head at Luddenden Dene CE Junior and Infant School.

Last summer she retired from teaching to spend time volunteering in Nepal where she taught English, helped in an orphanage and shared her expertise in teacher training.

Karen said: “Since the age of 18, I had always wanted to volunteer overseas so I was lucky when I reached a time in my life when I was able to. My children had grown up and I felt it was the perfect opportunity.

“When I returned I knew that I still wanted to work with children and I when heard of the education officer post here at the Minster, I didn’t miss a beat in applying! I am thrilled to be taking on this new challenge. I am especially looking forward to working with local schools and organising events and workshops that will enrich the national curriculum. I also want to build links with local nurseries and day care providers.

“The events will be aimed at children of all ages and their families, and I very much want the Minster to feel an accessible place and someone they belong; part of their community. I am proud to have called Halifax my home for 34 years and I feel the Minster sits at the very heart of the town.”

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