A LONG-SERVING headteacher bid a tearful farewell to school life, stepping down after more than 13 years in charge.
Angela Kelly has been associated with St Mary’s RC Primary School in Market Weighton for 30 years in total, but retired on Friday as the term drew to a close for Easter.
A special assembly was arranged which was attended by the whole school and over 100 parents. She received flowers and a special plate signed by all of the pupils and bearing the school’s crest.
Mrs Kelly, who watched a short film of her school life depicted in photos through the years to the tune of Tina Turner’s Simply The Best, said she felt she would miss the school far more than it would miss her.
“I am leaving now but you have the best staff who will keep this wonderful family together,” she said.
“I have loved every minute of teaching at St Mary’s and I am so proud of everyone today. This has been overwhelming and I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful gifts.”
During the leaving assembly, pupils from each class performed their own songs and poems, presenting her with gifts from each group.
Parent governor Grainne Speck said: “Many, many children owe so much to Mrs Kelly. There are parents here today who were pupils here themselves and they owe their foundations to this school. Mrs Kelly has been inspirational.”
Year Six pupil Kieran Guilfoyle, 11, said: “We all really like Mrs Kelly for being here for us whenever we needed her. We all still laugh when we remember how she dressed up as Zakumi during the World Cup. She has always been such great fun.”
Acting headteacher Julie Sutherland told Mrs Kelly: “This is the most special assembly we have ever planned, to say a very big thank you to you for your dedication to our school.”
Mrs Kelly, whose own three sons attended St Mary’s, taught there for many years before her appointment as head, and then led the school through a number of transformations.
St Mary’s is now almost double its original size, with a large hall/gymnasium and two extra classrooms, a new reception area, plus a special prayer garden, willow dome and adventure play area for the younger pupils.