Tributes as catering manager Mary leaves
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