Pupils, staff and parents bid a fond farewell to St Fergus School’s head teacher last week as she left to start a new job.
Ruth Mackenzie has been both a teacher and head teacher at the school since 1991, and she admitted that she would miss everyone.
A special assembly was held at the school on Wednesday, October 1, where classes sang Scottish songs including Donald Where’s Yer Troosers?, Flower of Scotland, Mairi’s Wedding and The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen. A few individual pupils performed tunes on instruments including the guitar, violin and piano to the delight of the audience.
Parents and other family members were invited along to watch and some took the opportunity to say goodbye to Miss Mackenzie and thanked her for all of her hard work over the last 23 years.
At the end of the assembly, a number of pupils were chosen to present Miss Mackenzie with gifts that included flowers, a box of sweeties and a book of memories which was handmade by the whole school. Commenting, Miss Mackenzie said: “I have been absolutely blown away by the number of gifts and good wishes that I have received.
“I would like to thank everyone for being so supportive over the years and for making this job the special pleasure it has been.”
Miss Mackenzie will leave with many fond memories and is looking forward to starting a new job with Aberdeenshire Council.
She added: “This won’t be the last time I’ll see everyone, I may pop up and see them again but just in another form.”