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Marian Calls It A Day

Marian is pictured in her Hethersett garden with husband Chris

One of Hethersett's most innovative teachers has retired.

Marian Watt enjoyed two spells on the staff at Hethersett Junior School and has been instrumental in setting up the annual arts week - something praised by Head Teacher Andy Whittle at a special surprise party at Hethersett Social Club.

Mr Whittle spoke of Marian's "artistic, innovative and highly colourful displays on subjects as diverse as the Beatles, Southwold Beach and China" She had been instrumental in "inspiring many youngsters over the years."

"Marian also has a very caring nature and always showed great kindness and support for colleagues," Mr Whittle added.

Marian was born in Norwich and attended Hillside Avenue School and Thorpe Grammar before training to become a teacher. Her first post was teaching Religious Education, sewing and English at the John Mansfield Secondary School for Girls in Peterborough and this was followed by teaching posts in two schools in Bournemouth before returning to Norfolk.

She joined the staff at Hethersett Junior School in 1977 and it was to be a memorable appointment in more ways than one. It was there that she met her husband of 30 years Chris who was already on the teaching staff. They were married in 1979 and Marian stayed until her first child was born.

She returned to teaching on apart-time basis at Attleborough and then spent five years at Old Buckenham before returning to Hethersett Junior (then Hethersett Middle) where she has been for the last eight years. All three of her children were educated at the school.

Husband Chris retired last year and so the Watt teaching era has come to what may be a temporary end as son Ben is at present undergoing training.

Marian hopes to do more travelling during her retirement with New England, China and New Zealand just some of the places on her itinerary. She also hopes to have time for her hobbies of knitting, reading, sewing and singing.

"I will miss the inter-action with the children and all the activities, school trips and arts week. I have so many happy memories of working in Hethersett. I particularly remember how the children followed our romance and the day I took our first son in to see them all," she said.