TWO teachers who spent more than 40 years between them teaching at a primary school have retired.
Senior deputy head Jan Walker and PE co-ordinator Alison Vaughan, both Year 6 teachers, worked their last day at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy on Thursday last week.
Pupils put on a special assembly for them with songs and speeches. They also invited past colleagues, friends and family for the big send-off.
Mrs Walker, 62, from Bourne, said: “It was a wonderful send-off, it really was. The pupils invited past colleagues, my parents and sisters and good friends. It was amazing. They did some wonderful singing for us as well.”
Mrs Walker has been teaching at Bourne Abbey for 20 years, and started work as a teacher 41 years ago. She started at Bourne Abbey as a supply teacher and has held a number of roles at the school.
She added: “There have been many changes since I started. I am feeling totally overwhelmed but it has been a wonderful day with valued colleagues and friends.
“It is an outstanding school. I feel privileged to have been able to touch the lives of so many people in Bourne.
“I have had a lot of fun and laughter and shall miss it very much.”
Mrs Walker now hopes to spend time with her husband and six children. One of her sons lives in Melbourne and another is moving to Singapore, so she will see plenty of the world in her retirement.
Mrs Vaughan, 59, from Rippingale, was also taken aback by the pupils’ efforts on Thursday.
She said: “It was a lovely assembly. I have mixed emotions today, I shall miss it because it is such a big part of my life but I am looking forward to the next part of my life.
“I have many happy memories, you can’t do the job without gathering them.”
Mrs Vaughan has worked at Bourne Abbey for 21 years and spent 38 years in total as a teacher. She has not made definite plans for her retirement but hopes to go travelling in September.