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Christine Says Farewell

Hethersett Woodside First School held an open day to say goodbye to secretary Christine Stone. 

Christine (pictured 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 significantly. 

“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 their own. 

“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.