Farewell to retiring teachers
As another term ends, schools have bid farewell to those much-loved teachers who have taken retirement.
Haverhill’s New Cangle Primary School waves goodbye to Lyn Beale, who has been head teacher there for 18 years.
“I shall miss the staff and the pupils,” she said. “We have some wonderful children and some dedicated staff who all help make things run smoothly.”
Westfield Primary Academy will miss deputy head teacher Jill Lightfoot, 60, who is departing to see the world, starting with a trip to Iceland.
“I gave my all to education,” said Jill, who has been at the school since 2004. “Now it’s time to do other things.”
Jill, with help from pupils, planted a cherry blossom tree in the school grounds as a farewell gift to the school.
Jill said: “I thought it would be nice to leave something behind that would be beautiful and would continue to welcome people.”
Castle Manor Academy said goodbye to PE and Science teacher, Carol Player, who retired after 25 years.
Vanessa Whitcombe, Head of School, said: “Students, colleagues and families will miss Mrs Player very much, she is well know in our community as an excellent teacher who has always had very high standards.
“We thank her for all the time she has given to our children, and the impact she has had on them.”
Carol plans to spend her retirement spending more time with family, friends, travelling, painting and sport.
Clare Primary School children said goodbye to their head teacher this week when Mrs Joan Horner retired after 14 years.
Mrs Horner, 60, whose teaching career spans 39 years, has worked mostly in Suffolk and was previously at primary schools in Wickhambrook and Kedington, near Haverhill, and Tudor Road, Sudbury.
School governors, pupils and parents staged a tea party for Mrs Horner last week. She said: “How they managed to keep it a secret I’ll never know.” She was presented with a bird box and camera, a garden bench, and jewellery. “I am going to miss the children and my colleagues greatly,” she added.