A PONTELAND woman has decided to ring the bell on her teaching career.
Pupils at Darras Hall First School recently said goodbye to Claire Morgan, but she will be looking to catch up with as many of them as possible in the years ahead.
She was there for 21 years and her roles included being in charge of PE. She was also heavily involved in developing its outdoor garden area and space for creative and imaginative play, which won the Best Children’s Project accolade at the first LOVE Northumberland awards.
She is keeping busy as she is currently preparing for a charity bike ride next month, with husband Andy, from John O’Groats in far north east Scotland to Ponteland.
Mrs Morgan said: “I felt the time was right to retire, although I will miss the children a lot.
“As it’s the summer holidays, my feelings about no longer teaching won’t kick in until after the bike ride as term will have started again.
“The good thing is that I live in the area so I’m still part of the community and I’ll enjoy bumping into some of the pupils I’ve taught and their parents from time to time.”
To mark her departure, a useful find gave the children at Darras the opportunity to take part in a fun activity.
She said: “The pupils wanted to put a sculpture in the garden, but we didn’t have enough money at the time.
“Therefore, me and parent Anita Foster went to a Brunswick-based building firm’s yard we knew well and we found a turtle model which we were allowed to take.
“Every pupil did a piece of the mosaic, which were then cemented onto the turtle. A competition was held among the children to name it and I chose the Myrtle suggestion.”