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Monday, 20 October 2014

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School’s out for ever for Hilary

WITH a career spanning four decades, it is finally time for a teacher to put away her books.

Hilary Booth, 64, has been at St Bees Village School for 15 years and last week students and staff said a final goodbye.

Since she started teaching 43 years ago, Hilary, from Egremont, has worked at Valley, Orgill, and Bookwell schools before she took on the post at St Bees.

She said: “Teaching is a job I have never regretted. It has been hard work but there are so many highlights.

“Watching children finally grasp a concept and seeing them develop is so rewarding.

“I have even had ex-pupils, who are all grown-up, coming up to me in the street and thanking me – that’s when you know you have made a positive impact on people’s lives.”

John Wood, headteacher, said: “She is a lovely person who has an excellent rapport with the children and she is always sharing funny anecdotes in the staff room.

“She was here before I started by about seven years and I know she will be missed by everyone.”

Retirement will give her more time to be with her family.

She added: “I like painting and singing and used to be a member of the Whitehaven Theatre Group, so now I will be able to concentrate more on my hobbies.”

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Beat teacher ever!

Posted by Bookwellian on 24 July 2014 at 23:52

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