Learning support assistant legs it out of school
11:02am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
PUPILS at a Barry primary school were unable to tell a much-loved staff member to break a leg on her retirement – because she already had!
Gladstone Primary school Learning Support Assistant Val Davies was looking forward to putting up her feet after more than 23 years of service when she fell in her garden, breaking her ankle, severing her ligaments, leaving her in pain and unable to work.
Staff said her warm smile and caring nature brightened the days of the Infant children, both past and present, always taking the time to talk to them and be genuinely interested in their lives.
The super-organiser was responsible for organising and promoting many charity coffee mornings and will be greatly missed by her colleagues who have always appreciated her invaluable support over the years.
Val’s class 1 children decided if she was unable to visit them they would visit her and with teacher Laura McCarthy they presented Val with their special retirement card and gifts.
Val is now recovering at home and Gladstone staff and children look forward to welcoming her back at any time and wish her well and the very best in her retirement.
Head teacher Caroline Newman said: “Val has touched the lives of so many children within the local community. She has been such a positive influence within Gladstone and we will certainly miss her although we really hope that she will stay in touch with us all.”