A Coventry school has held a special celebration for a lunchtime supervisor who has retired after almost four decades of service.

St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, in Harry Rose Road, has bid a fond farewell to Mary Ogilvie who worked at the school for 39 years.

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, which is now part of the Romero Catholic Academy, in 1982, when her son Arron attended, and more recently her grandson, Alfie.

Amongst the generations of children she has cared for in the school playground, some have become colleagues, including Interim Head of School Megan Scullion.

Her time at the school 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.

“I had a fantastic last day at school and I'd like to thank everyone for making it so special. I'd also like to wish the staff, children and the Romero Catholic Academy all the very best for the future.”

Interim Head of School Megan 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, commented: “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.”

Photo 1 - Mary Ogilvie joins one of the classes at St Gregory's Catholic Primary School as part of the celebrations.

Photo 2 – Mary was presented with gifts, cards and memory books on her final day as lunchtime supervisor at the school.