Jarrow school’s fond farewell to dinnerlady Agnes

SAYING GOODBYE ... lunchtime supervisor Agnes Neill (centre), who has retired from St Mary's RC Primary School, in Jarrow.
SAYING GOODBYE ... lunchtime supervisor Agnes Neill (centre), who has retired from St Mary's RC Primary School, in Jarrow.

Youngsters at a Jarrow school have said a fond farewell to a popular lunchtime supervisor.

For 31 years Agnes Neill has looked after pupils – 25 years of which have been spent at St Mary’s RC Primary School – during their lunchtime break.

I’ve loved working with the kids, and even though I stayed on past my retirement age, I’ve decided now is the right time to leave.

Agnes Neill

On Friday, a special assembly was held to recognise her commitment to the school, in Ayr Drive, Jarrow.

Mrs Neill was presented with a cake, flowers and a range of gifts from the school, while youngsters from Year 2, who had recently taken part in the South Tyneside Music Festival sang Let’s Go Fly AFond farewell to Kite.

Mrs Neill said: “I have loved every minute of it. I’ve loved working with the kids, and even though I stayed on past my retirement age, I’ve decided now is the right time to leave.

“It has been excellent working at the school so to leave it all behind is quite emotional.”

Executive headteacher at the school Maria Elliott said: “Agnes is such a lovely lady and was wonderful with the children.

“She was really surprised by the assembly, but she has been here such a long time we couldn’t let her leave without marking the occasion.

“It was quite emotional, and there were a few tears. She is going to be a huge miss as the children really did love her, and in return she treated them like they were her own.”