Tributes as academy depute steps down

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LONG-SERVING guidance teacher and depute rector Loraine Mudie is set to retire this month, after 13 years of work at Ellon Academy.

Pupils and fellow school employees presented the Sinclair House head with a blue-themed bouquet and jewellery in a low-key ceremony on Thursday at the school.

Mrs Mudie, who formerly taught physics and sciences at Banchory for 11 years, said that she had enjoyed her time at the academy, praising pupils and fellow staff for their teamwork.

“Working at Ellon has been absolutely fantastic,” she said. “The children are so good, friendly and talented, and I’ve enjoyed working with the whole staff team. Because that’s what makes Ellon Academy a great school - we work really well as a team.”

She added that she planned to travel in her retirement, catching up with relatives outside the north-east. Asked if she had any message for the school’s youngsters, she encouraged them to strive for success.

“My message would be ‘aspire to do the best’,” she said.

Rector Tim McKay told the Times that Loraine had made massive contributions to school life and would be a loss to the school’s staff.

He said: “Loraine has contributed hugely to the smooth running and leadership of the school, and been an excellent teacher of sciences to so many pupils.

“She will be sorely missed at the academy, but will find plenty to do with her three grandchildren at present, and the fourth expected in December!”