The head teacher at Ellon’s Meiklemill Primary for the last 12 years has retired.
Marlene Johnston, who bid farewell on the final day of term, thanked everyone for making her time at the school “just the best”.
Colleagues said Mrs Johnston’s infectious enthusiasm, experience and commitment to ensuring the best education for the children were all highlighted during her final two days.
These were marked by a celebratory night out with staff, which included the presentation of jewellery, a framed print and some fun gifts to accompany a poem written for her reflecting the many light-hearted moments enjoyed in the staff room during breaks.
A special assembly was organised by staff and pupils. Also involved were members of the school’s parent council, who expressed the thanks of the families and carers for all that Mrs Johnson had done for the school.
During the assembly, a group of children read out their fond messages about Mrs Johnson, before handing over a book which contained a message from each pupil, written on petals forming class flowers.
A group of the school’s Scottish country dancers performed for her, and a quiz was held, resulting in the letters ‘We Will Miss You’ being spelled out. A special song was sung entitled ‘Our Head’s the Best’ as well as a final dance by everyone in the hall.
Mrs Johnson was also presented with retirement gifts on behalf of pupils and families.
She said: “It’s been an absolute delight to work at Meiklemill, with a team of such committed and talented staff, teachers, support assistants, nursery nurses, office staff and ancillary team.
“I’ve had the greatest time working with each and every one of the children over the years and we’ve built such good partnerships with all the supportive Meiklemill parents.
“I’d like to sincerely thank all the staff and all the parents and children for their gifts and support making my years at Meiklemill just the best.”
Mrs Johnson was formerly head teacher at Hatton School, as well as deputy head at Ellon Primary and before that a teacher at Balmedie and Peterhead schools.
She intends to spend her time visiting family in Australia and London, as well as relaxing and enjoying new pastimes.