THE retiring principal of a Gosport college says working with young people will be the thing she misses the most when she leaves next Friday.
Di Lloyd, who has worked at St Vincent College in Mill Lane for 26 years this summer, worked her way up through the ranks.
Di, who will turn 60 in June, started out at the college as a maths teacher. She was made principal in 2010.
‘When I arrived here, it had only been open for a year,’ Di said.
‘I think I have been very fortunate that there have been funds that we have been able to bid for, which mean we have been able to make changes to make the college a vibrant-looking place that young people want to come to. It is all about investing in young people’s learning.
‘We have made some amazing improvements to the buildings.
‘It will be the students that I miss the most.
‘Being around young people makes me feel very privileged because they are so full of life. We have also got a fantastic group of staff here.’
Di said her twin sons are past students at the college.
At a leaving party for her in the college’s library and resource centre on Friday evening, one of Di’s sons and his fiancée attended along with her husband Colin and current and past members of staff.
Dozens of friends and colleagues turned up to the evening to see Di off and enjoyed an evening of food and live music.
Asked how she will spend her retirement when she leaves the college on Friday, Di said: ‘The key thing for me is I am not wanting to stop work. I want to have more time for myself to be able to do the things I want to do.
‘For example, I play cello and piano and it will give me more time for that.
‘I am looking to do something part-time.
‘When you have done an all-encompassing job, you put your life on hold.
‘I am very lucky that I have a holiday home in the south of France and will spend more time there. And we will be able to go to Australia to see my other son for longer than two weeks.
‘It will just be nice for me to have some time to do things.’