Chris­tine de­lighted by sur­prise leav­ing party

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Brian Cum­ming

FOR­MER staff, pupils and par­ents con­spired to give a school’s busi­ness man­ager a sur­prise farewell party on her re­tire­ment.

Chris­tine Gib­bons has been at Pluck­ley pri­mary school for 21 years and ad­mits leav­ing this week will be a ‘real wrench’.

She started as a part-time sec­re­tary and was then school sec­re­tary be­fore mov­ing up to be­come the school’s busi­ness man­ager.

“Chris­tine was more than just a sec­re­tary,” said Pluck­ley deputy head teacher Lind­say Roberts, “She was also in­volved in help­ing on school trips and then was a driv­ing force in the school’s fundrais­ing cam­paign.”

“She played a big part in our Raise the Roof cam­paign that raised £90,000 be­tween 1993 and 2001 to fund the ex­ten­sion to the school.”

Chris­tine, who lives in Char­ing, also vol­un­teered to go out to Malawi in 2007 to help set up Pluck­ley’s con­nec­tion with Chik­wawa Pri­mary School as part of the Starfish Malawi char­ity.

Her un­stint­ing and tire­less ser­vice to the school was hon­oured at the sur­prise party at the school last week.

Tributes

A num­ber of pre­vi­ous head teach­ers joined for­mer staff and pupils to pay trib­ute to her ef­forts. There was even a skype link to France and a video mes­sage.

“It was a huge sur­prise,” said Chris­tine, “I am still in shock. It was just so lovely that so many peo­ple made so much ef­fort for me.”

She aims to con­tinue her work with the school’s Malawi link.

Pic­ture: Martin Apps PD1654899

This is your life ... School man­ager Chris­tine Gib­bons is re­tir­ing af­ter 21 years

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