Cumbernauld head teacher and her colleague retire in emotional ceremony

Double retiral: Carbrain Primary School's retiring head teacher Norah McLellan (right) with Margaret Russell, nurture group teacher.
Double retiral: Carbrain Primary School's retiring head teacher Norah McLellan (right) with Margaret Russell, nurture group teacher.

IT was a day of mixed emotions at Carbrain Primary School last week as head teacher Norah McLellan and fellow teacher Margaret Russell retired from the school.

Norah and Margaret had clocked up an incredible total of 53 years of teaching at Carbrain between them and called time on their careers at the school last Monday with an emotional send off from pupils and staff

20/06/11. John Devlin. CUMBERNAULD, Carbrain Primary, Surprise show for retiring head teacher Norah McLellan , 25 tears service and Margaret Russel , Nurture group teacher..

20/06/11. John Devlin. CUMBERNAULD, Carbrain Primary, Surprise show for retiring head teacher Norah McLellan , 25 tears service and Margaret Russel , Nurture group teacher..

Norah said: “Margaret and I have worked at the school together for such a long time and we decided to retire on the same day. We have been friends all that time and have loved our time here.

“We’re not leaving Carbrain to plump up pillows or to sit back, we’re going to live life. We’re going to join sporting clubs and everything else that we’ve chatted about doing for all these years.

“Monday was such an emotional day. I’m going to miss every single person connected with Carbrain Primary School. I don’t know how we are going to cope, but we will just have to I suppose.

“I’d like to say a very special thank you to all the parents, staff and children who have supported me through all the years and I want all the children to never forget our saying: ‘Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better best.

“I wish everyone all the best in the future.”

Margaret shared Norah’s sentiments and said: “I’d really like to thank everyone at the school for their support, the pupils and the staff. ”