Pupils bid a fond farewell to a ‘truly fab­u­lous’ prin­ci­pal

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Pupils at St Mark’s Pri­mary School wiped away tears as they said a fond farewell to their head teacher be­fore she re­tired last week.

Brenda McNott, 61, was prin­ci­pal at the school for 19 years and is now look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with her grand chil­dren and go­ing trav­el­ling with her hus­band.

Pri­mary seven pupils, who were also leav­ing the school as they start their se­condary schools in Au­gust, handed their head teacher a photo frame with pic­tures of St Mark’s classes along with other gifts from par­ents and teach­ers at the end of school as­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day, June 22.

Brenda, who de­scribed her role as the best job in the world, said: “It has been an ab­so­lute plea­sure and I want to thank all the par­ents, staff and chil­dren for mak­ing 19 years per­fect.

“I will miss them but I know the school will go from strength to strength and I wish them all the very very best.

“We have had a very con­stant staff and they’ve all worked ex­tremely hard, above and be­yond any­thing I could have ever ex­pected of them.

“It’s been in­ter­est­ing as I re­tire, with staff who them­selves have re­tired, have come back to say how much they have en­joyed their time at St Mark’s. That is what this school is all about, it’s very much a family school.

“I’m go­ing to spend time with my grand chil­dren and my hus­band and I are go­ing trav­el­ling. Our first is a cruise to parts of Spain, out to Madeira then out to Bar­ba­dos and then on to Amer­ica.”

Dur­ing the end of term as­sem­bly, Mrs Robert­son’s pri­mary seven pupils paid trib­ute to Brenda by singing one of their favourite songs and hand­ing her a rosette for be­ing “truly fab­u­lous in ev­ery­thing she does”.

Be­fore Brenda handed out per­fect at­ten­dance cer­tifi­cates and sports day awards, the pupils on stage wiped away the tears and donned their yellow leavers caps be­fore singing along to One Di­rec­tion tune, His­tory.

Brenda wished all her pupils and staff a lovely sum­mer and added: “I wish them (pri­mary seven pupils) all the best as they move into se­condary school.

“They are a beau­ti­ful, very hard­work­ing and trust­wor­thy bunch and it’s all down to their par­ents and car­ers.”

Elaine O’Don­nell will be the new head teacher at St Mark’s and will start her role on Au­gust 11.

Fond farewell Mrs McNott (cen­tre) with par­ent coun­cil trea­surer Caro­line Gil­lies (left) and sec­re­tary Pauline McEl­waine and pri­mary seven leavers

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