Loyal teachers say fond farewells after 64 years

Three teachers from Holt House Infants school retire with a total of 64 years service between them. From left, Faizani Khan, Lynne Hodgkinson and Anna James with some of the children

Three teachers from Holt House Infants school retire with a total of 64 years service between them. From left, Faizani Khan, Lynne Hodgkinson and Anna James with some of the children

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Things are going to feel a little strange at Sheffield’s Holt House Infants next term.

For when classes resume in September it will be without three long-serving teachers - with 64 years of experience there between them - who have all retired at the same time.

Lynne Hodgkinson has been at the school off Bannerdale Road for 26 years, Anna James for 20 and Faizani Khan for 18.

“They are going to leave a huge gap here - all were pillars of the school,” said headteacher Helen Haynes.

The farewells began with a staff night out at Baldwin’s Omega, followed by a governors’ tea party, and finally a special assembly for the children.

There were very special mementos from the pupils themselves - handprints of every child in their class placed onto coloured canvasses and decorated with sequins.

Lynne and Anna both worked in Year 2 classes while Faizani worked as a reading recovery teacher, also taking classes in English as a second language.

And of course there were presents - each chosen carefully to reflect each woman’s hobbies and interests.

Faizani was given a computer tablet, and Anna received flower arranging lessons and a sat-nav system to reflect her love of travel.

Lynne meanwhile enjoys all things artistic and so was given print-making equipment and tools to create lino art.

“Everything was carefully researched to make sure each present was really appropriate to each of the three, and there were lots of laughs,” Helen said. “Anna can have no excuses about getting lost ever again!

“And they really went out on a high - we’ve just achieved our best ever Y2 SATs results which everyone is thrilled about.”

Helen said all three women had a great deal to be proud of.

“They have all given outstanding service to the school for 20 years or more and have taught many, many children wonderfully well,” she said.

“They have made a big contribution to our last two ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports and have been loved and respected by both parents and children. They will be much missed.”

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