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Head teacher says farwell after 22 years

PUBLISHED: 16:15 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:57 11 August 2010

Margaret Smith bids farewell to her colleagues

Margaret Smith bids farewell to her colleagues

PUPILS WERE moved to tears when they said farewell to their beloved head teacher with a big leaving bash last week. Born and bred in Barking, Margaret Smith has been teaching at Dagenham s Richard Alibon Primary School for 22 years. Her teaching career

PUPILS WERE moved to tears when they said farewell to their beloved head teacher with a big leaving bash last week.

Born and bred in Barking, Margaret Smith has been teaching at Dagenham's Richard Alibon Primary School for 22 years.

Her teaching career began in Redbridge back in 1970, and those 37 years of work and achievements were celebrated by 200 children, teachers, staff, and the director of education at the retirement party the school organised specially for her.

Tracey Phelan, Mrs Smith's secretary, said: "She's made an outstanding contribution to teaching. I think the children are going to miss her greatly."

She said that some people burst into tears at the final assembly, and Mrs Smith herself shed a tear or two.

But she was sure that Mrs Smith would return to Richard Alibon on occasions in the future.

Mrs Smith told the Post: "It was very emotional. As a teacher you invest so much of your own personality, enjoyment runs very high, and there is a lot of job satisfaction."

She said that she now intends to devote more time to herself and the things she enjoys - gardening, reading, art, silversmithing, and socialising.

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