A first-ever ride in a ‘Roller’ was one of the highlights of the last day at school for Pinchbeck East Primary School teacher Glynis Scales
Glynis (59) was chauffeur-driven through the school gates in a 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost by Clayton Banks, husband of the chairman of governors Helen Banks, as teachers and 300-plus pupils lined Fennell Road to cheer and wave.
Rain fell gently as Glynis and husband Ian sat side-by- side on the back seat.
Mrs Banks said later: “A little chap in Year 3 walked back into the school and he said ‘even God cried for Mrs Scales’ – it was because of the rain!”
Luckily the shower stopped quickly and Glynis arrived nice and dry in Glenside North to reflect on 21 years spent at the school.
Glynis trained as a teacher in the 1970s but jobs were short at that time and she did all kinds of work until a year or two after her own daughters started school.
We just wanted to see her off in style because she deserves it.Head of school Teeny Vayro
She said: “It’s a great career. Working with children is wonderful.
“You see them evolve, you see them grow, you see them mature through the years and it’s very, very rewarding.”
Glynis, who lives in Gosberton, says she will miss the children and particularly some of the quirky or funny things they say.
She was asked to open a new building at her school last November and the opening has now been marked with an official plaque.
Glynis told us: “One of the little girls said to me ‘is that a memorial for when you are dead?’. It just makes you laugh.”
She began at Pinchbeck East as a volunteer and spent her whole career there, looking after children in reception through to Year 2.
Head of school Teeny Vayro said: “She’s had 21 fabulous years here. Everyone’s sad to see her go. She’s an amazing teacher.”
A group of people came together to arrange the big send-off.
Teeny said: “We just wanted to see her off in style because she deserves it.”
Glynis and Ian, who retired some years ago from his job as an environmental health officer with South Holland District Council, now intend to spend their time travelling.
One of many gifts received from the school – a camera – will come in handy for upcoming trips to Scotland and a tour through France to the Pyrenees.
The couple’s elder daughter Katie (29) teaches outdoor activities in Scotland – and has just climbed Ben Nevis – and their younger daughter, Charlotte (26) works for the Environment Agency in Suffolk.