Two highly regarded members of staff at Millbrook Primary School, Freshbrook were taken aback on 12 October when they were called forward in an assembly to be presented with bouquets by the Mayor of Swindon and school governor Michael Bray for their commitment over 25 years at Freshbrook Primary and Windmill Hill Primary Schools which combined in 2007 as Millbrook.
Janet Hilling, 61, completed her 25 years with Freshbrook last May, starting as a volunteer in the mother and toddler group, then becoming a dinner lady and later a teaching assistant. She is now a specialist TA.
In August 1987 Gill Peachey, 60, was the administrator and second member of staff to be appointed at Windmill Hill, which had been built as a temporary school to cope with the baby boom in the area. It opened with 47 children and had reached capacity within six months.
Expressing surprise at the recognition of their service, Janet said: “Mr Bray is a regular visitor to the school as a governor; we thought he was here in his mayoral robes to present awards to pupils.
“I couldn’t believe it when we were asked to join the mayor and all the children cheered us.”
Gill, now Millbrook School manager, said it was nice that she and Janet represented the history of the two schools.
“When the change was going through it was a difficult time for everybody, in the community and those working in the schools. But in the last five years Millbrook has come together as a fantastic school serving the whole area.”
The mayor told the assembly of the profound thanks of the borough council and the school governors. “We are privileged to have two such special people at Millbrook.”
Pictured: top, Janet (right) and Gill, and below, with Michael and Ruth Bray and Millbrook children