Letter from Queen to honour helper’s 35 years’ service

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Life will not be the same at Stoke Goldington CE First School after pupils said goodbye to a very special ‘helping hand’ who hasretired after 35 years’ service.

Teaching assistant Christine Feasey retired just before half term with students, staff and parents bidding her farewell in style.

A leavers’ assembly featuring songs, poems, pictures and words from the children gave pupils and parents the opportunity to acknowledge her dedication to the school.

Christine’s retirement gifts included a new laptop and mobile phone – which were on her ‘wish list’ – and a letter from The Queen recognising her ‘enormous contribution to the school community over so many years’.

Christine started helping at the school when her own children attended later becoming involved as a parent, ‘Friend of the School’, a governor and lunchtime supervisor.

She then progressed to teaching assistant, most recently working as a teaching assistant with the Early Years Foundation Stage class.

More than 100 people, including past pupils, staff and govenors attended a party at the village hall with entertainment provided by a ukulele band. Christine is also due to attend a long-service awards presentation organised by Milton Keynes Council.