TEACHER Sue Scarsbrook has been working in education for 41 years.
So it was only right that she got a proper send-off after she made the decision to retire.
Sue has been working as a teacher at Goldsmith Infant School in Southsea since 1981.
She said: ‘It was a hard decision to make.
‘It took me a long time. I felt this year was the right time for me.
‘I still absolutely love this school and the children and everybody in it.
‘I felt I wanted a rest from all the other things other than teaching, like reports and planning. I consider myself lucky to have come to Goldsmith.’
Staff and pupils held a farewell assembly for her.
All the staff turned up at school yesterday wearing T-shirts with her picture on the front.
She added: ‘The staff are the best bunch of people you could ever wish to meet.
‘They are committed and hard-working and caring people.
‘Over the time I have been here I have had some ups and I have had some very low downs.
‘They are the ones who have got me through it.
‘It’s been very emotional today. I do feel sad.’
Headteacher Alison Spittles said: ‘It’s a sad loss to the school. It’s the end of an era.
‘She will enjoy her retirement – she deserves it. She’s given us a lot of pleasure. She’s an enormously caring teacher, and she’s great for the staff as well.’
Reception pupil Jackson Coates, five, said he was sad Mrs Scarsbrook was leaving.
‘It’s dreadful. I want her to stay.
‘She’s wonderful. She’s a good teacher.’
Larissa Stuart, also five and in reception added: ‘She’s a wonderful teacher. I don’t want her to leave.’
Mrs Scarsbrook is off on a holiday to Spain tomorrow.
She will then officially start her retirement in September – but not without returning to the school to help out on a voluntary basis.