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Schooldays come to an end for Eileen

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By Fiona Reid
Schooldays come to an end for Eileen

STAFF and pupils at Hightae Primary have bid a fond farewell to one of the school’s longest serving employees.

Eileen Callander has retired after 36 years in not one, but three roles – but her associations with the school go back much further than that as she was herself a pupil there, as was her mother before her. And, she sent her own children there too.

She was first employed to work in the kitchen, then an additional role of janitor came along and then cleaner and she has carried out all three jobs ever since.

She is also a pillar of the Hightae community, being in charge of the Golden Years Club. She was even recognised and awarded the BEM in 2016 for being an advocate of the community and school.

Principal teacher Elizabeth Reynolds-Lewis said: “Eileen has been a much valued colleague, confidant and friend to many a staff member and a huge support to all the children and their families, both past and present.

“Understandably so, she has a huge personal connection to Hightae Primary School and Hightae itself and with that in mind, we wish her all the best in her new chapter of her life, making lots of new memories to hopefully share with all the staff/pupils she has left behind. Happy retirement Eileen!”

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