A SCHOOL helper has called it a day after a dozen years at a South Tyneside primary.
Pat Nellist had a special assembly staged in her honour on her last day at Valley View Primary School in Jarrow.
The 65-year-old was also given flowers and presents by pupils and staff, before sitting down for lunch with pupils.
The lunchtime supervisor was emotional as she brought her days at the school to an end, but she says she intends to continue visiting it as she has taken its pupils to her heart. Pat, of Barnard Grove, Jarrow, said: “I had a very emotional last day at Valley View.
“I’m going to miss everyone very much, but I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“I had a lovely assembly and was given flowers and lots of lovely gifts by children and staff.
“They sang a special song for me, and then I ate some lunch with the children, when I sat at the head of the table.
“I’ve even asked if I can go into the school to volunteer in my retirement.” Headteacher Gemma Jeynes added: “During her 12 years at the school, Pat has supported children at all phases and in all weathers and is a much-valued member of staff who will be missed greatly by staff and pupils.
“In her most recent years at Valley View, she worked with the older children, supporting and caring for them each lunchtime.
“She always goes above and beyond to support children and ensure they enjoy school.
“Despite retiring, she has asked if she can volunteer in school every now and again as she will miss the children very much.”