Fond farewell to headteacher

Retiring head teacher at Newburgh Mathers School, Ian Stephen, receives a gift on behalf parents and pupils from parent council chairman Gareth Kemp.
Retiring head teacher at Newburgh Mathers School, Ian Stephen, receives a gift on behalf parents and pupils from parent council chairman Gareth Kemp.

AN Aberdeenshire head teacher has received a rousing send-off on his retirement. Ian Stephen has called it a day after more than 17 years at Newburgh Mathers School.

At his farewell assembly Mr Stephen was treated to songs and performances from each of the classes and also received a gift of a silver quaich, some whisky to go in it and fishing vouchers from the parents and pupils.

At a previous staff farewell function, he was presentedm with a watch and specially commissioned painting of the local area from staff, both past and present.

Mr Stephen, 60, told the Times: “I have seen a lot of changes in my time here but the one thing that stays the constant is the children. The children here are well-behaved and motivated to do well so it’s been a pleasure and a privilege teaching so many well- behaved children.

“The community have been very supportive of the school over the years as well. A lot of the developments that have taken place have been with the support of parent council and the parent body in general.

“Certainly I will miss the school and the children, and I will miss the community, although I don’t intend to disappear altogether, I will be in the background supporting the school.”

Mr Stephen will be succeeded in August by Gaye Stevenson, currently head teacher at nearby Foveran School.