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Emotional end of term for Gedney Church End Primary




It was an emotional end of term for Gedney Church End Primary School as they held a moving Christingle service and said farewells to a member of staff.

Higher level teaching assistant Vicky Szwarc retired after nearly 20 years' at the school.

Some 71 pupils attended the Christingle service in the neighbouring St Mary Magdalene Church on Thursday and they were joined by many mums, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts and uncles as well as school staff and past pupils.

Children sang Little Drummer Boy and the Christingle song, Hope of Heaven.

Gedney Church End Primary pupils with their Christingles. (201218-11)
Gedney Church End Primary pupils with their Christingles. (201218-11)

Vicky has worked with four different head teachers as well as teaching the children of some of her past pupils.

Executive head teacher Scott Pearson said: "We are saying a very sad farewell to Vicky.

"Vicky has always given her absolute best for the school and works very hard to support the children.

"Many pupils, parents and carers will share our best wishes and hopes that she has a happy, fulfilling retirement."

Individual staff and pupils paid their tributes too and there was a collective verdict from everyone in Jaguars class, who said: "Simply just the best."

Vicky also worked at Lutton St Nicholas Primary, which is in the same federation, and regularly hopped aboard the 505 bus to go there.

Vicky's hobbies include sewing, knitting and cooking, and over the years she has taken her handmade toys and other items into school to raise money for the school.

Vicky is married to Alec, who retired two years ago, and they have one daughter, Katy.

She was looking forward to her retirement and spending more time with Alec and on her hobbies.



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