Grenville Combined School teachers say goodbye to their pupils

Teacher Janice Templeman,left and head Anne Brown are retiring from Grenville Combined School,Buckingham.'110721M-456
Teacher Janice Templeman,left and head Anne Brown are retiring from Grenville Combined School,Buckingham.'110721M-456

TWO teachers at one of Buckingham’s historic schools have said goodbye to their pupils at the end of school term.

Senior teacher, Janice Templeman, pictured left, and head teacher, Anne Brown, right, have both left Grenville Combined School after a combined 38 years of service.

Mrs Brown first joined the school seven years ago, while Mrs Templeman has been at the school for 31 years.

Parents, governors and staff at the school held a special goodbye assembly for the two teachers on Friday last week.

Children also enjoyed a fun afternoon.

Mrs Brown, 58, said: “I have been fortunate to work with a number of wonderful parents and children who I wish a wonderful future.”

When asked what she will miss the most about teaching, Mrs Brown said: “I will miss the children the most because Grenville has such a family ethos and children are very well behaved - we never have any bullying.

“The school is on a beautiful site and it’s been there for 103 years - it used to be the Royal Latin School.”

She added she didn’t have a big holiday planned as she went on her honeymoon to the French Alps in May after marrying her husband, who she had been with for 15 years.

Known around the school for her witty jokes and rhyming couplets, Mrs Templeman started her teaching career in Scotland and has been a senior teacher at Grenville.

Mrs Brown added: “She will be greatly missed by staff and children who have wished her a very happy retirement.”

Speaking to the Advertiser, Mrs Templeman said: “I will miss working with the children and watching them progress with their learning and the creative side of teaching.”

Although she has officially taken early retirement, Mrs Templeman plans to work in other schools for a few days a week, primary or secondary.

She has received lots of cards from pupils, who have enjoyed being in her classes.

“I am a bit of a joker and the children like my jokes and rhyming couplets. The children have said I’m a lot of fun - firm but fair,” she said.