Teaching 'much more than a job' for Fran Park
STAFF and children from Bromley Heath Infant School have said goodbye to a much-loved teacher after nearly three decades.
Fran Park decided to retire after 27 years at the school where she taught all year groups.
She was presented with flowers, chocolates and cards at a special celebration event at the end of term.
Headteacher Tina Long said: “It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Mrs Park. We, obviously, wish her the very best for her retirement but the school staff and children will miss her greatly.
“Mrs Park has worked tirelessly to ensure that all of the children have the best possible start to their school careers. This can often be seen when the children return to see her when they are in senior school. We even have parents in school who can remember Mrs Park teaching them and the love of learning she instilled.
“Her hard-work, dedication to the children and the school is something that will be missed by all.”
Whilst at Bromley Heath Mrs Park also worked for many years as a moderator for the council, supporting local schools with their assessments of children. She also supported many local teachers with their early years practice.
Mrs Park was also instrumental in setting a network to work with pre-schools in the area, ensuring children in Bromley Heath transitioned into school successfully.
Mrs Park said: “Teaching has been so much more than a job to me. I have loved sharing the learning journeys of so many children and watch them grow into amazing young people.
“I will miss the daily interactions with the children and listening to their comments on the world and their hopes and dreams. I will also miss my colleagues but I will treasure so many happy memories and I feel so very lucky to have spent a great deal of my career at this school.”