THREE teachers who between them share almost 90 years of teaching experience have retired from a Cardiff primary school.
Rhydypenau Primary School, Llanishen, waved off Godfrey Llewellyn, Mair Woolston and Maggie Bennett on retirement on the last day of term.
Headteacher Carolyn Evans said: “They will be greatly missed. They have an incredible range of talents between them and have given a lot to the schoolchildren and their families.”
When they first started teaching things were quite different – they have seen the introduction of the Foundation Phase and the numeracy and literacy framework, plus the abolishment of the cane.
Godfrey, 55, feels that after more than three decades, it was the right time to retire.
He said: “There are several reasons, but I feel 32 years have been a good innings.”
All of them were unanimous in saying the best bit about teaching was the children.
Godfrey, who joined the school in 1982 said: “The best bit is just coming into school and seeing the children grow and develop.”
Mair, 64, who joined Rhydypenau in 1984, said: “It is so lovely to see them come in to reception where they’re all shy and see them blossom.”
Maggie, 60, who started her teaching career in 1974, praised the rest of the school’s staff. She said: “I have been very lucky to be part of a team with such amazing colleagues.”
Pupils showed how much they’re going to miss their teachers by dressing up as them.
Mrs Evans said: “The children will miss them greatly. Between them they have been here for 85 years. We are very lucky that they have decided to spend those years in the school.”
Godfrey, who was there when the first BBC computer went into classrooms, said there has been a huge increase in technology but the children’s attitude has never changed.
“Children have always been children, and I think children will always be children,” he said.
Mair has retired for the second time. She said: “It is quite hard. I retired four years ago and I came back and it has been a wonderful last few years. I am sad to go.”
When asked what is next, they all said: “Start living.”