Trib­utes as cater­ing man­ager Mary leaves

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

THE much loved cater­ing man­ager of Our Lady’s RC High School in Black­ley is hang­ing up her apron and hand­ing over con­trol of the kitchen.

Mary Chad­wick has been keep­ing staff, stu­dents and par­ents well fed for over two decades.

Mary has worked at Our Lady’s since Fe­bru­ary 1995, when the kitchen was run by Manch­ester Faye, so she could get sent to schools on the other side of Manch­ester at a mo­ment’s notice. She was then em­ployed by Our Lady’s cook­ing for their staff and stu­dents as well as staff and stu­dents at the ad­join­ing North Ridge High School, which of­fers spe­cial­ist sup­port.

Mary said: “I en­joy see­ing the year 11s who have grown up from the quiet, or not so quiet lit­tle year 7s to young adults ready to face new chal­lenges, know­ing that I’ve shared their days along the way.”

Mary ar­rives at school at 6.15am each day to cover two school lunch ses­sions, pre­par­ing lunches for school trips and cater­ing for visi­tors, par­ents’ evenings and events out of school hours. Her hard work and com­mit­ment is ap­preci- ated by staff and stu­dents alike.

Year 9 stu­dent Char­lie O’Brien said” “As a mem­ber of the school coun­cil who has worked along­side Mary, I think she’s a lov­ing and car­ing char­ac­ter who greets us with a happy smile in the morn­ing.

“She is a credit to the school com­mu­nity and will be re­mem­bered for the great food she has cooked and some of the changes she has made to school lunch; adding dif­fer­ent food to the menu, open­ing a grab-and-go bar and much more.

“She has been a won­der­ful per­son to work with, mak­ing a great con- tri­b­u­tion to our school coun­cil meet­ings and al­low­ing changes to be put into ac­tion. Mary is will­ing to try out new ideas and ready to make changes that ben­e­fit ev­ery­one.”

Speak­ing on be­half of the staff, busi­ness man­ager Iain Gosling said: “Mary has given fan­tas­tic ser­vice to gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents at Our Lady’s. In all her years she’s shown un­der­stand­ing for the needs of our com­mu­nity and stressed the im­por­tance of a hearty meal, al­ways de­liv­ered with a touch of the ‘Blar­ney’ hu­mour and style which we’ll all re­mem­ber and cher­ish.”

Mary Chad­wick is re­tir­ing from Our Lady’s RC High School in Black­ley

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