Pupils pay tribute to their retiring Headteacher
On 18th July 2014 the school community wished Mrs Martin a fond farewell as she retired as Headteacher of Our Lady of Fatima School in Harborne, Birmingham. Mrs Martin enjoyed many celebrations throughout her final week in school to mark her retirement.
The week began with a Thanksgiving Mass on the afternoon of Monday 14th July. Our Parish Priest, Father Seamus concelebrated Mass with Father Michael, Mrs Martin’s Parish Priest from Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield. The Mass was an uplifting celebration of Mrs Martin’s career in education. Mrs Martin welcomed her family, friends, past and present colleagues and of course the whole school community.
Following the Mass, Mrs Clare van Vliet, former Deputy Headteacher and current Headteacher of our school spoke very highly of Mrs Martin on behalf of the staff, parents, pupils and whole school Community. When asked, the children described Mrs Martin perfectly as committed, courageous, generous in nature and with her time, a good listener, but most of all they felt valued and loved.
Mr John Peeney, Chair of Governors, paid tribute to the impact of Mrs Martin’s successful headship in leading the school to being declared outstanding by OFSTED in July 2011. Mrs Martin was then presented with gifts of gratitude from the staff, pupils and parents of the school, the PTA and the Governing Body.
Mrs Martin has been at the forefront of Catholic education for many years and so it was most fitting that Father Michael presented her and her husband Steve, with a Papal Blessing in recognition of her service, dedication and commitment to Catholic education.
At the end of the Mass, Mrs Martin spoke fondly of her love of teaching, her love for the school and her immense pride in each and everyone one of the whole school community.
The afternoon of celebrations concluded with a buffet for Mrs Martin’s family, colleagues and friends.
The week of celebrations continued with a final Thanksgiving Assembly dedicated to Mrs Martin. Each class sang a ‘Goodbye Song’ to Mrs Martin and presented her with a class memory book.
Mrs Martin said she felt completely overwhelmed by the cards, gifts and sentiments from the whole school community.
“I will always look back at my time at Our Lady of Fatima School with great pride and fondness. It has been such a joy and a privilege to have worked in such a special school.”
We wish Mrs Martin a long, happy and restful retirement and thank her for all that she has achieved during her career, but especially for the school community at Our Lady of Fatima School.