Christine Says Farewell
First School held an open day to say goodbye to secretary Christine
above with year three pupils who will also be leaving the school at the
end of term) was due to
retire after working at the school
for 24 years.
Staff old and new,
along with parents popped in to say goodbye and enjoy a few
reminiscences as Christine reflected on almost a quarter of a century of
being the “face at the front of the school.”
Christine was appointed
secretary in 1983 having previously worked
for a shoe company and an estate agents. It was at Woodside,
however, that she found her true vocation and was able to combine her
love of children with her administration skills.
Over the years she has
seen her functions change dramatically. She has served under three
different heads but admits that it is technology that changed her job
“The job has changed
out of all recognition, everything is now electronic and we work with
computer databases, not that it’s cut down the amount of paper we have
to deal with,” she said.
Christine admits that
it has been fascinating seeing children grow up and have children of
“Obviously one of the
things I will miss is the company of the children, but I’m sure I will
see them about the village,” she said.
Christine hopes to have
more time to spend with her two grandchildren and also more time to
follow her passion for gardening and travel.
“I’m sure it will
feel strange in September when everyone returns to school. I have lots
of fond memories of so many lovely children and so many lovely people
over the years. Woodside has been a lovely place to work thanks to some
wonderful staff, children and hugely supportive parents,” she added.