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Teresa says goodbye after 30 years at St Mary's Primary School

A teaching assistant who has worked in the same primary school for 30 years said her final goodbyes as she retired on Wednesday.

St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Mildenhall held a special assembly for Teresa Peachey on Monday.

The assembly held in the school based in Trinity Avenue welcomed Mrs Peachey’s two sons, Matthew and Daniel who previously attended the primary school themselves.

Teresa Peachey is retiring from St Mary's Primary School in Mildenhall.
Teresa Peachey is retiring from St Mary's Primary School in Mildenhall.

Daniel had travelled from Bristol to celebrate his mum’s retirement along with staff and pupils from the school.

Mrs Peachey, 65, said: “I’m excited, it’s the next step to
my life but I am sad, I will
miss all of the people and children.

“But it was the right time.”

Mrs Peachey, who lives in Worlington, over the years has taught early years pupils, Year 1 and 2.

She joined the school after they asked for volunteers to be a cook. She was the only person to come in for the job and was taken on as a dinner lady. She then took on the teaching assistant role.

The assembly shared many memories of Mrs Peachey’s time with the school.

One teacher during the assembly said to Mrs Peachey: “I am the luckiest person to have been privileged to work with her for so many years. She is going to be a great loss to this school.

“I have never seen so many hugs being received in my life. She has helped us all through sad times and happy times. You are fabulous.”

Mrs Peachey said she is planning to use her retirement to relax and go on holiday.

Another teacher at the school said: “I remember when I first came to St Mary’s with my children – they absolutely loved Mrs Peachey. Whenever there’s a new member of staff she’s always there to welcome them. I have learned so much from Mrs Peachey, who we will miss so much.”

Current and former staff from the school also organised a surprise afternoon tea party for Mrs Peachey last week, where she was showered with several leaving gifts including, a bracelet and a crystal vase with the school emblem engraved on it.

During the assembly, pupils from the school presented her with two memory books and a bouquet of flowers.

Mrs Peachey added: “I will stay in touch with the school – I have so many friends

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