Parents and former pupils, some who are now parents of children at Oliver Tomkins Primary School, Toothill attended a party on 23 July to say farewell to long serving teacher Janet French.
Of her 37 years in the profession Janet spent thirty-two at Oliver Tomkins. She said: “There were so many memorable events – meeting the late Bishop Oliver Tomkins when he opened the school in 1980 was special; remaining in touch with his family has been lovely.
“Once we had a full sized glider assembled in the hall, with the wings sticking out of the windows, the book weeks, taking part in the West Swindon Long Poem in 1998, and the infants playing a short version of Henry V in the millennium festival.
“Of course, the children made teaching special. I’ve loved working in a church school, sharing the message of God’s love for them through stories. What I’ll miss most is leading worship and hearing children sing my favourite songs in assembly.”
Former pupil Beca Brown, 26, said: “Miss French was my favourite teacher. I didn’t like school a lot, but she helped me cope with everything.”
Ella Colwell, 17, said: “Miss French was a caring, brilliant teacher. I’m now at college and I want to be a teacher too; she’s inspired me.”
Ella’s friend Harriet Tyson, 17, added: “We wanted to show our appreciation; she’s a super person who did so much for us.”