Whether it involves throwing sponges at colleagues, dressing up, running talent shows or thinking up a new sponsored event, one dedicated Aboyne teacher is to retire this Christmas having really ‘shown her spots’.
Ella Egan, 60, from Banchory has taught English at Aboyne Academy for over 37 years and will retire as a principal teacher at Christmas.
As well as supporting several generations of young people through their secondary education, Ella has co-ordinated Children in Need fundraising activities at the school for the past 23 years, to the tune of over £96,000.
Rector at Aboyne Academy, Raymond Jowett said: “Ella has led activities which are now a huge and well embedded part of the school year.
“Pupils and staff look forward to it and really enter into the spirit of fundraising in a very positive way.
“Much of that is down to Ella’s relentless enthusiasm – she is a pretty remarkable character who has done a lot for this school.”
Up to and including last year the school had raised £78,000 for Children in Need since 1988.
Ella set the school a target for raising £10,000 this year to make a total of £88,000, matching their start year of 1988. So far, they we have raised over £16,000 and the total is now over £96,000.
Ella donned her Pudsey suit once again this year and was delighted to receive a visit from the official, Glasgow-based Children in Need film crew.
They made a film about her efforts which was shown on national television on Children in Need day and Ella was also invited to make a ‘live’ appearance on the BBC show.
She said: “It was fantastic to gain some special recognition for the school this year.
“I am so proud of all our pupils, past and present, who have done so much to achieve our targets. They are the real heroes of Children in Need and Aboyne Academy.”
The school also ran an online charity auction this year to boost their grand total – among the pickings was a limited edition bottle of Glenfarclas which sold for £1,000!
Chair of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Richard Stroud, added: “I would like to congratulate Ella on her fantastic fundraising efforts and wish her the very best in her retirement.
“I am personally aware of the high regard in which Ella is held by colleagues, pupils past and present, and the community.
“We are delighted to recognise the exceptional contribution she has made not only to teaching but to community life.”