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Thank You for Sixty Years

Friday, 10 February 2017

  • Farewell - Kathryn Critchley and Maureen Drinkwater
  • Farewell - Flower presentations
  • Farewell - musical performances from Sr Girls
  • Farewell - Mrs Drinkwater with girls
  • Farewell - Mrs Laverick's speech

In an end of term assembly, pupils and staff at Hesketh House, Bolton School Junior Girls’ School, said an emotional thank you and farewell to Mrs Kathryn Critchley and Mrs Maureen Drinkwater, who both retired having, between them, given almost 60 years of their lives to educating the young. Mrs Critchley, who joined the School in 1974, reflected on how she had taught some of the present girls’ mothers and aunties and said: “I feel a bit of a fraud as I already left once in 2009 but it has been a delight to keep coming in on Fridays to listen to girls read and to occasionally cover a lesson. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch girls move up into Senior School and the Sixth Form and to then go out into the world and become successful young women.”  

Mrs Drinkwater, addressing the assembly, said: “Thank you - there are no other words! I can still remember 17 years ago when I saw an advert for a Teaching Assistant job and thought I could finally find out what lies behind the palace like façade on Chorley New Road!  On coming in for interview, I was greeted by the organ playing in the Great Hall and I thought this is going to be the place for me. Thanks to the girls, every day of coming into school has been a delight.” She left the girls by telling them always to do their best and to treat other people how you would like to be treated. 

Headteacher Mrs Carol Laverick said: “We owe both ladies a massive thank you. Sixty years is an extraordinary amount of time to dedicate your energy to one place and between them they have helped thousands of girls along the way. We say a massive thank you as we wish them all the best in their retirement.”  

The leavers were showered with gifts and good wishes, including flowers, Hesketh House bears, scrapbooks, Port Sunlight roses and other personal gifts. Several Senior School girls with fond memories of their time at the Junior Girls’ School returned to offer their thanks through music with Tiggy Blackwell playing Careless Whisper on the trombone and a percussion ensemble comprising Sally Cowling, Alison Jordan and Lucinda Butterworth played Under the Sea.  The whole school joined together to sing a rousing version of One More Step Along the World You Go.

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