RISBY Primary School said goodbye to a popular member of staff onFriday, with a barbecue and presentation hosted by the Friends of the school.
Miriam Johnson is retiring at the end of term, having spent 18 years working at the school. She started as a Year 1 teacher, teaching children aged between five and six, but later took over the Year 2 class, and stayed with the six to seven year-olds for the remainder of her time at the school.
As well as spending her retirement looking after her allotment and developing her hobbies, which include gardening and flower arranging, Mrs Johnson hopes to visit her sister, who lives in Australia. Having taught all her life, this will be the first time that she can take a holiday during school term time.
She called Risby a ‘brilliant school’ and said she would miss the staff and children, but not the paperwork. Above all, she said she would miss ‘the thrill of seeing children learn’.
Headteacher, Anna Berridge spoke of Mrs. Johnson’s professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm, saying: “She will be missed by staff, parents and children alike. We all wish her a long and happy retirement”.