Two long standing members of staff at Lakenheath Primary School said farewell today as they retired after clocking up 48 years between them.
Wendy Shewry, deputy headteacher, leaves after 22 years at Lakenheath while teaching assistant Sarah Lawn says farewell after 26.
Both say they will miss colleagues and children at the village school but will enjoy time with newly arrived grandchildren.
Wendy joined the school as a classteacher and then became maths leader, Key Stage leader and assistant head before taking on the role of deputy headteacher.
She said: “It’s a new beginning but I have lots of fond memories of the children and staff and will take them with me on my new journey.
“I’ve enjoyed seeing young children achieve their full potential and find their best selves and, as deputy head, seeing the staff grow and develop.” Mrs Shewry plans to travel with husband Richard.
Sarah Lawn’s first involvement in the school was as a parent helper when her youngest daughter started there 31 years ago.
As a nursery nurse she took further qualifications and spent 17 years in the early years classes.
She now has seven grandchildren, the youngest Matilda being born to daughter Rebecca Tingey who teaches at the school along with husband Michael.
Sarah wants to continue her hobby of dress making and bought a dressmaker’s dummy with the long service award she received from Suffolk County Council.
She said: “The best thing has been the friendship of colleagues. It has been a nice environment to work in and I’ve enjoyed seeing the children grow and become independent.” Headteacher Emma Vincent said: “Wendy leaves a very big hole when she retires and Sarah has done a great job supporting children and families.”