Farewell to Crathes teacher

CRATHES Primary pupils and staff organised a fun farewell for much-loved teacher Mrs Frances Simpson last Friday, who has retired after 23 years at the school.

The children used Australia as their inspiration for a surprise party in Mrs Simpson’s honour as the autumn term drew to a close. Mrs Simpson has family links with Australia and intends to spend more time there in her retirement. Youngsters donned bright, summery clothes for their renditions of Waltzing Matilda and The Kookaburra Song, and presented gifts and cards. There were many heartfelt hugs at the school gates after the celebration.

Mrs Simpson said: “Having spent 23 very happy years teaching at Crathes School, I decided to retire early so that I could spend more time travelling and visiting my elder daughter who lives with her family in Perth, Australia.

“On the last day of term, the pupils planned a surprise party with an Australian theme and we celebrated with singing and ceilidh dancing, followed by refreshments and games. I am grateful to head teacher Mrs Maureen Fraser and the school staff for enabling this, along with Mrs Tracey Webster and Mr Andy Bruce for providing the live music.

“I would also like to thank school colleagues past and present, staff members, visiting specialists, the Parent Council, PTA members, parents and pupils for all their kind gifts and best wishes.”

Mrs Fraser said: “We have all benefited from Mrs Simpson’s enthusiasm and experience. We will be very sad to see her go - but wish her a long and very happy retirement.”