Farewell to school after 25 years
A DEDICATED dinner lady is retiring after 25 years of service at a school in Horfield.
Joan Short, 58, said goodbye to her "second family" yesterday at Orchard School Bristol.
Her long tenure as a dinner lady has meant she has played a big part in encouraging and caring for thousands of youngsters and occasionally having to keep them in order.
Nowadays, Mrs Short, bumps into former students in the streets near her Horfield home who are now the parents of current pupils.
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"It will be very strange not coming in to the school – the children have been my second family and I will be sad not to see them," she said.
"I like to think I have been able to keep them all in order at lunchtimes without having to shout – my approach has always been to just talk to the children.
"But I rarely have to do any of that – the children are so nice and so friendly."
Mrs Short said she has seen a lot of change at the school over the years, all for the better, and she will miss teachers, staff and students.
She will spend much of her retirement looking after her two grandchildren. Both of her children, Hannah and Kelly, attended the school when it was Monks Park.
It has been a time of milestones for Mrs Short – earlier this month she celebrated 40 years of married life with husband Nicholas, a self-employed electrician.
Orchard School Bristol head teacher Dr Helen Holman said: "Joan has been at the heart of this school for 25 years and we will all miss her dearly."