The 23rd of May 2014 saw the end of an era at Bryn Hafren, Mrs Carol Perry also referred to by many as ‘Nan’ will no longer be looking after the pupils (and teachers!) during the lunch break. After a long, but as she says ‘enjoyable’ 30 years of being here at the school, a friend to many generations other than our own, she is ready to trade busy lunchtimes in school for quiet meals with the family.
Nan is not just a member of staff, but a good friend to many teachers and pupils alike. One pupil who was especially upset to see Nan go after forming such a good relationship with her (like many others), was Emily Halford, who says: ‘If you have a problem, she will always make time to listen, however busy she might be.’
Even the head teacher is sad to see Nan go! After working with her for 10 years, it will feel like a great loss to the school. Mr Whitcombe says: ‘She has been and always will be an extremely important part of my team.’
Nan has enjoyed her time here and on her last day, told a story to year 9 pupils about how much she wanted to stay, not for the money, but because she loves to be around the pupils: ‘I love you all to bits, you keep me young and fit. I’ve had a smashing time up here… We’ve had lots of fun and we’ve shared lots of secrets!’
School Parliament pupils bid a fond farewell to Nan and rewarded her for her hard work with gifts, cards signed by staff and every pupil in school, cake, flowers and even tears.
We wish her good luck in her retirement and hopes she continues to be happy and relax now after helping so many people in the Bryn Hafren family for so long.
By Emma Robinson and Lucy Harfoot