Final school bell for Lorna

Lorna Sanaghan with pupils from all years at South Parks
Lorna Sanaghan with pupils from all years at South Parks

The school bell sounded for the last time in Glenrothes this week on a 30-year teaching career for a much loved head teacher.

Lorna Sanaghan retires from her post at South Parks Primary School at the end of this term, bringing to close 31 years of her educational involvement across Fife.

As she conducted her last ever assembly pupils and staff marked the occasion by performing a specially prepared song in honour of her and made a presentation of gifts and flowers in recognition of her service.

Among the gifts was a specially commissioned hand made plate which included a fingerprint of all 326 primary school and nursery pupils currently on the school register.

Mrs Sanaghan said she was “overwhelmed” by the support shown by everyone connected to the school.

“The support of everyone from staff, to parents to pupils has been wonderful,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ll miss the place and its people.”

Asked how she’s now going to fill her time once she leaves the school for good she said she had not yet had time to think about it.

“I’m going to take every day as it comes and not rush into anything,” she said.

“I will, however, be going for longer walks with my dogs and enjoy buying more shoes,” she joked.

“I will miss the the staff and the day-to-day buzz you only get in a school.”

The retirement brings to a close a career spanning 31 years.

Mrs Sanaghan started at St Ninian’s School in Cardenden before progressing on to St Kenneth’s in Ballingary and St Columbus Primary School, Cupar. She took up the position of deputy head teacher at St Pauls Primary in Glenrothes in 1997.

After a promotion to head teacher at Pittenweem Primary, she later moved to a similar role at South Parks Primary School in Glenrothes in January 2007.

A staff spokesman said: “Mrs Sanaghan is a dedicated, exceptionally hardworking, highly professional practitioner who has always set high standards for pupils and staff.

“The warm, welcoming, friendly ethos that parents, colleagues and visitors always comment on when visiting the school is a direct result of her vision, values and aims for South Parks.”