After over 28 years of loyal service as administrator to St Sebastian’s School in Great Gonerby, Karen Nicol is retiring from her current role.
While Mrs Nicol will remain at the school on a part-time basis as the school bursar, staff decided to mark the milestone with a surprise tea-party held after school in honour of their long-standing colleague.
Governors, friends and both past and present staff were all there to wish Mrs Nicol well, and she was presented with a watercolour of the church and school painted by former grandparent of the school Rosemary Ames.
Mrs Nicol was also given an iPad mini during the school’s weekly celebration assembly known as ‘Shine’, which had been provided through the generosity of staff, governors and parents.
In her letter of thanks to everyone, Mrs Nicol said: “The one thing that shines out for me in all these years is the very spirit of St Sebastian’s School - that of teamwork encompassing co-operation and an appreciation for each other, from the youngest child to the oldest adult.
“Over the years many people have commented on the friendly aura there is all around the school.
“As I embark on the next stage of my journey, I am so glad that I can still be part of the ‘family’ of this very special place and hope to be so for some time to come. Very fortunate indeed are all who have been here, still are here and those who will be here in the future.”