A departing teacher got a soaking by pupils as he was given a send-off to remember.
Edward Jackson, deputy headteacher of Simonside Primary School, in Glasgow Road, Jarrow, is leaving after six years to become headteacher of Ferryhill Station Primary School, in Bishop Auckland.
Today is his final day and, to celebrate his promotion, pupils and other staff members gunged him – raising money in the process for the school’s fund.
Mr Jackson has also been a Year 6 teacher at the school, and two of his pupils – Ella Callaghan and Jay Screaton – volunteered to do the gunging.
Mr Jackson said: “This was a good opportunity to have a bit of fun and say thank you to all of the children and staff at the school.
“Everyone had smiles on their faces, and by the end, the staff were lobbing gunge at me as well.
Everyone had smiles on their faces, and by the end, the staff were lobbing gunge at me as wellEdward Jackson
“It was also great to be able to raise money for our school fund, which will go towards music and drama projects, which are two of my particular interests.
“The more money that was raised, the more gunge was thrown on me, and there was a paddling pool full in the end.
“It was nice to be able to support the school for the future and leave behind some happy memories, albeit this will be a slightly odd one.”
Just short of £140 was raised for the school fund by the sponsored gunge after two days of rallying.
It provided one final happy memory of the school for Mr Jackson, who is set to leave ‘with a heavy heart’.
He added: “It’s a very energetic and happy school, and I’ll be very sad to leave it. I’m leaving with a heavy heart as the school means a lot to me.
“I’ve been very, very fortunate to have taught some fantastic children, and I’m very proud of the results we have had, and of the achievements of the children.
“I’d like to say that I wish Simonside all the best in the future, as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here.”