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The Rev Trevor Filtness, Chairman of Governors at
St John the Baptist Primary School, Rowlands Castle, invites people to consider becoming school governors

And that’s why I volunteer as chairman of governors at St John the Baptist Primary School at Rowlands Castle.

Working as part of a team, governors support and challenge the school leadership team as we strive to provide the best possible education, learning environment and future prospects for pupils.

Governors are a vital link between churches and schools, playing a unique role in strengthening and enriching the dynamic relationship between school, church and the wider community.

I have always believed that education is everyone’s right and that it is the basis for everything that we do in life.

My own background is of a village primary school, failed 11+ but then O-levels at the local secondary modern and a transfer to a grammar school for A-levels.

It taught me to love learning and to understand that education opened up the world, not just jobs.

I have remained an enthusiast for learning and specifically in our early years where it is important that we learn to love learning.

If our schools, together with parents’ encouragement, can achieve this then a young person will be well equipped to face life.

Even better, if this can be achieved in a Christian environment where we can learn to put others at the centre of our lives and not ourselves then we will undoubtedly be better world citizens.

We love to see the joy on children’s 
faces when they have achieved something new, to watch them grow, year by year, into the people they are going to be.

Knowing we as governors may have helped and the friendship of governors, teachers, staff and parents, are all hugely rewarding aspects of being a governor.

We are looking for governors to serve at church schools in the Havant area.

Governors come from all walks of life with different skills and experiences but are united in their passion to make a difference in the lives of children and young people.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, contact diocesan education officer Abbie Eales on 02392 899685 or abigail.eales@portsmouth.anglican.org.