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Teachers say goodbye from St Marie’s Primary in Rugby

Fond farewell: Maureen Russell, Barbara Griffith, Carol McTurk and Di Dyer

Fond farewell: Maureen Russell, Barbara Griffith, Carol McTurk and Di Dyer

Four teachers who have been teaching for more than 128 years between them have said a fond farewell to children, parents and colleagues at a Rugby primary school.

Di Dyer, Maureen Russell, Carol McTurk and Barbara Griffith retired from St Marie’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Rugby on Friday.

All four teachers were based at the infant school site of the school in Oak Street and have more than 128 years’ teaching experience between them.

Reception teacher Mrs Russell joined St Marie’s 26 years ago and has been teaching for a total of 37 years.

Mrs Russell said: “I will miss all the families that I’ve worked with.

“They have put their trust in us to look after their children for all these years.

“All the children are all completely different and all very special.

“I’ll really miss the St Marie’s community.”

Mrs Dyer, also a reception teacher, has been at St Marie’s for 16 years and leaves after a total teaching career of 26 years in Warwickshire.

Mrs Dyer said: “I’m going to miss all the families I’ve worked with over the years.

“I will miss the children and being a part of their lives.”

Year One and Two teacher Miss McTurk has been at St Marie’s for more than 30 years.

She has been a teacher for more than 35 years and believes she has taught around 1,000 children during that time.

Miss McTurk said: “I’ve had a tremendous career.

“I have made some great friends over the years and I will miss everybody.”

Mrs Griffith, also an early years teacher, has been at St Marie’s for 16 years and has been teaching for more than 30 years in total.

Mrs Griffith said: “I will really miss all the children and working as part of a fantastic team.”

The four women were given a special send off by the school to mark the end of term. A party was held for them at the school, followed by a church service the following day.

Pupils spent a lot of time making pictures and cards for their teachers, with the children’s creations presented in church.

Mrs Dyer, Mrs Russell, Miss McTurk and Mrs Griffith thanked everyone for their support over the years and said they were all looking forward to their retirement.

 

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