Final school bell for Jane after 32 years

Jane O'Flaherty is leaving St Joseph's Catholic Primary School after 30+ years. (P521B429)
Jane O'Flaherty is leaving St Joseph's Catholic Primary School after 30+ years. (P521B429)

The school bell will ring for the final time for committed teacher Jane O’Flaherty after more than three decades at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Castleford.

Mrs O’Flaherty, who is the current acting deputy headteacher at the school, will retire when the youngsters finish for the summer holidays today.

She said: “I have worked with some very hard-working staff, children and supportive parents over the years.

“I am going to miss all of the children, my colleagues and the friendly faces I see every day when I come to work.

“The children really have been a joy to work with.”

Mrs O’Flaherty, 57, was a pupil at the Pontefract Road school herself in the 1970s.

She then returned as a teacher after completing her training at Christ’s College in Liverpool and three years as a class teacher at St Austin’s Catholic Primary School, in Wakefield.

She added: “I first started as a year four teacher and mainly taught juniors for the first few years.

“Teaching has been a big chunk of my life and I’m really going to miss it.

“I’ve been doing it for so long that I’ve even taught the children of some of my first pupils.”

Mrs O’Flaherty, who has taught year two at the school this year alongside her leadership role, is now looking forward to enjoying her retirement and hopes to travel.

She added: “It will be nice to do some travelling during term-time to save some money for once!

“I’ve worked with some fantastic people and I’d like to thank everybody who I’ve worked with over the years.”