14th Jun, 2021

Lunchtime supervisor Mary retires from Coventry's St Gregory's Catholic Primary Academy after 39 years

A CELEBRATION has been held for a lunchtime supervisor who has retired from a Coventry school after 39 years’ service.

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, in Harry Rose Road, has bid a fond farewell to Mary Ogilvie.

A special assembly was held in Mary’s honour where she was presented with cards and gifts by the children who also enjoyed a celebratory lunch.

They then formed a guard of honour as she did one final lap of the school, gathering memory books made by each class.

Mary began working at the school, now part of the Romero Catholic Academy, in 1982, when her son Arron attended, and more recently her grandson, Alfie.

She has cared for generations of children in the school playground and some have since become colleagues, including interim head of school Megan Scullion.

Her time was also recognised at a ‘Romero Celebrates’ event in 2019, where she and other colleagues across the academy were presented with long service awards.

Mary said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time working at St Gregory’s.

“My role was to be there for the children whenever they needed me, and make sure their play was safe and fun, although I’ve lost count of the number of bumps, grazes and scrapes I’ve tended to over the years.

“It’s been rewarding to see so many children start their school years at St Gregory’s before moving on to begin their next chapter in life – and later to see them all grown up with children of their own.

“I will miss the children for their energy and enthusiasm for life. My whole experience at St Gregory’s has been truly heart-warming and has gone in the twinkling of an eye.”

She added she had a fantastic last day, adding she wanted to thank everyone who made it so special.

“I’d also like to wish the staff, children and the Romero Catholic Academy all the very best for the future.”

Ms Scullion added: “I, like countless others, have some very fond memories of Mary as a lunchtime supervisor, and it has been a pleasure to go on to work with her at the school.

“She is an extremely popular member of staff who is very kind-natured with a cheery disposition. She will be thoroughly missed by children and staff alike, and we wish her well in her retirement.”

Patrick Taggart, Director of Operations at the Romero Catholic Academy, said: “It is an amazing achievement and Mary has been a backbone of the school for almost 40 years.

“We are so proud of our staff and the great work they carry out to ensure our children enjoy their school years. We wish Mary all our thanks, blessings and a long and happy retirement.”

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