A small window but a big difference for school
THE HEADTEACHER of a school in Seer Green has retired after 16 years in the role.
Olwyn Davison-Oakley stepped down from her post at Seer Green Church of England School on Thursday July 21.
Mrs Davison-Oakley qualified as a teacher when she was 21 and her career, which has taken her all over the south-east, has included spells teaching at Chalfont St Peter middle school – as it was known then – and Gerrards Cross Church of England School.
The 59-year-old grandmother and motherof-three said she is looking forward to spending time with her family but has ‘mixed feelings’ about retirement.
“I’m ready to go and look forward to retirement but it will leave a big hole in my life,” she said.
She added: “When I came here I didn’t expect to stay 16 years, but I didn’t anticipate how special the children and families are in Seer Green, and how strong the appeal is to stay working in the school.”
This was, she said, reflected in the fact that people stay at the school and do not tend to move often.
She added: “I would like to think that 16 years seems like a long time but you think that the school has been here since 1859 it’s only a small window in the school’s history.
“I would like to think in that window I’ve been able to make a difference to the children and families here.
“It’s been a great privilege. Education was great to me and it’s nice to give something back to society in this way.”
According to Mrs Davison-Oakley the best thing about teaching is the variety and how ‘there’s never a two minutes the same’, praising the excitement of the job as it ‘keeps you on your toes’.
Having overseen many changes at the school, one of her favourite memories was the time the office over ordered toilet roll and with an abundance of paper lined the walls with it, creating tunnels and mazes for the kids to crawl through.
“It was hysterical,” she said.
Speaking before her retirement she said: “It will be a sad day but you can’t dwell on the sad, you have to look forward to what the future holds, otherwise you would never do anything different.
“People keep saying ‘it won’t be the same’ but it shouldn’t be the same, and the school deserves to have somebody come with new ideas.”
She added: “The most important thing for me is when you have children who aren’t particularly able children stand up and perform on a stage when you never really expected them to be able to.
“When you have got things that have gone desperately wrong for somebody and suddenly it comes right.”
And added: “It’s when I see members of staff becoming successful, it’s when I look at children and they look happy – that’s what matters in the end.”
Farewell: Olwyn Davison-Oakley who has retired from her post at Seer School