Re­tir­ing teacher do­nates her gifts to the Beatson

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A teach­ing stal­wart at a Cam­bus­lang school said an emo­tional farewell last week while rais­ing money for a cause close to her heart.

Ann Marie McSor­ley (59) has been at St Bride’s Pri­mary for over 35 years, but re­tired on Fri­day.

The deputy head teacher was set to be pre­sented with a gift at a spe­cial carol con­cert be­fore she left, but in­stead she in­sisted the money raised by pupils went to the Beatson On­col­ogy Unit.

Ann was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer two years ago, and un­der­went treat­ment at the Beatson.

Now fully re­cov­ered, she was de­ter­mined not to for­get the care and treat­ment she had re­ceived in those dark days.

Ann, who has lived in Cam­bus­lang all her life, also do­nated £ 300 that was pre­sented to her by staff to Clinic P at the Vic­to­ria In­fir­mary, where she un­der­went chemo­ther­apy.

Ex­plain­ing her decision, she said it was the nat­u­ral thing to do and she will now look at vol­un­teer­ing work to show other suf­fer­ers that there can be life after can­cer.

She said: “I just wanted to give some­thing back.

“I very much think it’s good for peo­ple to see that two years down the line I am back to my­self.

“That’s the lovely thing, there were three of us who all had chemo at the same time and now we are all fine, and that can be re-as­sur­ing. Peo­ple can see you can get bet­ter. Thanks to the great work of the NHS, I’m now fine.”

Ann’s teach­ing ca­reer started with two years at St Cadoc’s - where she had ac­tu­ally been a pupil - be­fore mov­ing to St Bride’s in 1978.

Through the years she has taught count­less chil­dren, many of them the chil­dren of pupils she had taught in their younger days.

But with St Bride’s set to move into a brand new build­ing next year, Ann felt the time was right to start a new chap­ter in her life.

After her farewell carol con­cert, she ad­mit­ted that was the most sat­is­fy­ing thing: “What was nice about the con­cert was the fact there were par­ents watch­ing who had been in my first ever class.

“Be­ing able to see fam­i­lies come through, peo­ple that I had taught as chil­dren, to be part of that is lovely. I think that makes par­ents feel se­cure.

“Peo­ple al­ways ask me why I never moved or got a school of my own, but I didn’t be­cause I love the whole school com­mu­nity. It’s been so good work­ing in the parish, so I had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing.

“With the school mov­ing into a new build­ing, I think it’s the right time to go. New build­ing, new deputy head. All my mem­o­ries are from the old build­ing.

“It’s been a plea­sure to teach here and work in this com­mu­nity. I have had a fab­u­lous ca­reer.”

Ann, who will soon jet off to New York for her daugh­ter’s 30th, in­sists she’ll be stay­ing busy: “I won’t be do­ing any paid work, but I’ll find some­thing, I’ll stay ac­tive and there is still lots of vol­un­tary work go­ing.”

St Bride’s head­teacher, Pa­tri­cia Cul­lion, paid trib­ute to her col­league, say­ing: “The chil­dren wanted to make a pre­sen­ta­tion to Ann, but she wanted to say thank you for her health, and she can now en­joy her re­tire­ment.

“She’s been a ter­rific mem­ber of staff, a great teacher and a great support to me.

“She will be sadly missed by staff, pupils and ev­ery­one con­nected with the com­mu­nity of St Bride’s.”

Fond farewellAnn Marie McSor­ley (sec­ond row, sec­ond from right), with staff and pupils at St Bride’s

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