Marlborough primary secretary Wendy Parry retires after 24 years
A SECRETARY who witnessed the transition of a Falmouth school from an infants to a primary has retired after 24 years.
Since starting work at Marlborough School in 1989, Wendy Parry has worked with four head teachers and three acting heads.
“It’s sad to be retired,” she said. “I am missing the children and I am missing the staff. But I’ll get used to it.”
“Absolutely the highlight has got to be the children. They are so cute and lovely to watch them go through the year from reception to Year 6.
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“I’ve had a lovely time there and thoroughly enjoyed it.”
On her last day, a former head teacher, Geoffrey Vaughan, came to wish her well, along with the mayor, Geoffrey Evans.
At the end of the day, the whole school sang “a lovely song” and clapped as she was driven away in an open top car, with head teacher Richard Gambier at the wheel.
Over 20 staff joined her later for high tea at the Royal Duchy Hotel.
The retired secretary was appointed by the then chair of governors and town mayor, Mr Evans.
She started as a part-time secretary and became a full-time secretary with financial responsibilities.
“It was very different then,” she said. “When I first started at Marlborough we didn’t have any computers.
“We were also moving from an infant school to a primary, in 1990.
“In my first year the new building was added and at that stage my office was in a Porta cabin.”
In her retirement Ms Parry plans to do gardening, decorating and visiting her daughter in Bristol.
Head teacher, Mr Gambier, said: “For almost a quarter of the century, Wendy has provided the reception's welcome to Marlborough School.
“Her role as a school secretary is unrecognisable to the duties she agreed to take on all that time ago, and she has risen to each changing challenge.
“Of course, she has had to, putting up with the different ways and demands of so many headteachers over the years.
“I am sorry that it has been on my watch that we have lost her smiling face from the front desk.
“However, it is a privilege to have worked with her and to have been able to play a part in her retirement celebrations.
“She has joked that we haven't seen the last of her and that she'll be back.
We will all look forward to extending to Wendy the kind of welcome she has given so often during her time at Marlborough.”