Children at a Durham Church of England school hit the right note when they set out to celebrate the 30-year career of one of their teachers.
Pupils staged a surprise concert to mark the three decades of service at St Hild’s College CE (Aided) Primary School, in Renny’s Lane, Gilesgate, Durham, of Marie Hann, Acting Deputy Head.
The children worked with educational music organisation POP UK to perform songs linked to the values of Church of England schools.
They spent three days learning the songs then, in addition to performing them at the concert, had them recorded professionally by POP UK to produce a CD which was dedicated to Mrs Hann.
Marie said: “It does not feel like thirty years because every day is different and the children are a delight.
“I knew the concert was happening but had no idea that it was a celebration for me. It was such a surprise, absolutely awesome.”
Mrs Alex Ryder, the Acting Head Teacher, said: “As a surprise, the concert was dedicated to Mrs Hann to mark the way she has worked tirelessly and with commitment to our school and made such a special impact on so many children’s lives over the past 30 years.
“We thank her for all her enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and brilliant sense of humour. Every parent knows how lucky their child is when they are taught by her.“
Previous colleagues, pupils, friends and family joined Marie at the concert. Between the songs, children shared poems and prayers.
Some children also told the story of how she met her husband, who was the school postman when she first started at St Hild’s.
A special book was made with photos and memories written by past and present colleagues.
Pupil Gracie Troupe, age 5, was one of the children selected to make the presentation to Mrs Hann. The evening was narrated by yr 5 pupil Harry West (10) both pictured with Mrs Hann.