Mrs Karen McComb has retired from Hazelbank Primary after 27 years.
Mrs McComb began her teaching career in Kilmaine Primary School, back in 1982, and also taught in Killyleagh Primary and Spa Primary before coming to Hazelbank.
Karen was the co-ordinator for World Around Us in Hazelbank, and the Primary Three class surprised her with a wonderful, life-size picture of her (complete with wellies and a spade!) adorning the doorway as she was ushered in to a special assembly to mark her retirement last Wednesday.
The school children and teachers were joined for this by the Board of Governors and friends, who were treated to beautiful singing from all the school and also special performances from the Primary One girls and the School Choir, while the P4 children had written a special poem about Mrs McComb.
Karen recalled some of her favourite memories of Hazelbank and then presented the school with The McComb Cup for Technology.
After this, everyone went outside, where Mrs McComb planted a beautiful flowering cherry tree in recognition of her dedicated service to Hazelbank Primary School.
Her time at Hazelbank ended with the school’s Spring musical, Hoodwinked, which was performed at Buckna Presbyterian Church Hall.
Mrs McComb said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my years at Hazelbank.
“Anyone who visits comments on the warm, caring atmosphere in the school.
“Everyone knows everyone – it’s just like a big family. It is an exceptional school, where the focus is very much on encouraging the best from the children.
“The school grounds must be the most beautiful of any school in the province!
“This was ideal for teaching World Around Us. I have lovely memories of bug hunts; bird watches; igloo building; building snowmen, not to mention the Viking raids and the unforgettable Victorian Day when I was driven to school in a coach and horses!
“I shall miss the children (and the teachers) but have been privileged to be a part of their lives.
“I wish them all God’s richest blessings for the future and will follow their future careers with great interest.”