Morpeth school secretary retires after 18 years’ service

St Robert's RC First School pupils with Secretary Ginetta Tym, who is retiring at Easter.
St Robert's RC First School pupils with Secretary Ginetta Tym, who is retiring at Easter.

A much-loved school secretary has bid farewell to pupils after 18 years’ service.

Ginetta Tym, who worked in the office at St Robert’s RC First School in Morpeth, said goodbye to children and colleagues on Friday as she begins her retirement.

It has been lovely working at the school. The children have been a delight.

Ginetta Tym

A special Mass of celebration was held at the neighbouring St Robert’s Church, and Mrs Tym was given bundles of gifts and cards.

She said: “I feel it is the end of an era, but I’m hoping that the future will bring lots of interest and freedom. I won’t be tied to school terms any more.

“I will miss the children and all of my colleagues. It has been lovely working at the school. The children have been a delight, and they are the best children in Morpeth.

“I have had lots of beautiful presents and cards. I would like to say thank you to everyone for all their good wishes.”

Mrs Tym has served under three different heads and has seen numerous changes, least of all the removal of a large beech tree, the school emblem, from outside her office due to flood works.

But it is the children she will remember most.

“They have always been so lovely and funny,” she said.

Now she is looking forward to gardening, experimental cooking and travelling “as much as we can afford”.

Chairman of Governors Richard Shepherd said: “Mrs Tym has played a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth running of the school.

“She is much loved by children and adults alike, who have greatly appreciated her caring manner and keen sense of humour.

“Everyone at the school will miss her very much, but wish her a long, happy and relaxing retirement.”