School says fond farewell to dinner lady Mrs Newman

Janet Newman with pupils at Grove Lea school.
Janet Newman with pupils at Grove Lea school.

A dedicated dinner lady has said goodbye to Grove Lea Primary School after 24 years of service.

Youngsters from each year group at the Hemsworth school presented Janet Newman with cards and collages during a retirement assembly on Friday.

Mrs Newman during her leaving assembly.

Mrs Newman during her leaving assembly.

Mrs Newman, 64, said: “It will be hard for me because I’ve been there that long. But eventually, my husband will be retiring next year as well, I will get used to it. I think the time was right.

“I’m just ready to put my feet up for a while and enjoy some good holidays. I’m planning to be travelling to places I haven’t seen and hopefully see more of the world.”

She will soon jet off to Madeira for a two-week trip with her husband Thomas, with whom she celebrated a ruby wedding anniversary last month.

And she hopes to spend more time with her own children Gemma and Richard.

During the assembly on Friday teachers presented Mrs Newman with a rose bush and her dinner lady colleagues surprised her with jewellery and an orchid.

She also received vouchers from staff and kind messages from the pupils.

Mrs Newman said: “We’ve had, I think, five heads while I’ve been there. I’ve seen quite a lot of changes.”

She has attended many school trips as a helper and will continue to do this in retirement.

“We’ve had some lovely outings,” she said.

“It’s a smashing school. I like working with children and I’ve enjoyed all my time there.

“I want to thank everybody for all the lovely things I’ve received.”

Headteacher Sally Henshall said: “We’re quite saddened. She’s been part of the furniture.

“She’s always here, always got a smile on her face and the kids loved her.”