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Great Gonerby school’s farewell to a much loved member of staff

By Rachel Pishhorn

Mrs Nicol presents the children with some new books EMN-160331-091725001
Mrs Nicol presents the children with some new books EMN-160331-091725001

A much loved member of staff who has served St Sebastian’s Primary School for just over 30 years, has retired.

Karen Nicol, school bursar, celebrated her retirement at the Great Gonerby school on Thursday, surrounded by staff, children, parents and governors.

Headteacher Linda Baldwin said: “Over the years, Mrs Nicol has shown such a dedicated and professional approach to her ever changing and evolving role within the school and has truly had St Sebastian’s in her heart.

“Meticulous to a fault, compassionate and unwavering in her desire to give nothing but the very best, Mrs Nicol will be irreplaceable.

“Whilst her roles will transfer to Mrs Parnham, her personality and character is so unique and engrained into our school her legacy will, I know, live on.”

‘Aunty Karen’, as many of the more senior members of staff refer to her, is truly held in high regard and esteem by the staff, children, parents and governors at the primary school.

As a recognition of her retirement, the school presented Mrs Nicol with a planter which contained a 30th Celebration Rose. There were personal notes and cards also received from governors and the diocese. The local authority has also marked her 30 years’ service with the presentation of a voucher, for Mrs Nicol to spend at her leisure.

Mrs Nicol wanted to make her own presentation to the school and presented the children with books for their classes. She also made a generous donation to the school to provide a tree bench to use. In her message she wrote, “Sit in the shade, under the tree, stay awhile and think of me”.

Mrs Baldwin added: “She will be missed by us all. We do wish her the very best and know our whole school community also echo this.”


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