The evening of Tuesday 17th July 2012 saw an event like no other at St Mary’s Junior school. It began with a drinks reception
The evening of Tuesday 17th July 2012 saw an event like no other at St Mary’s Junior school. It began with a drinks reception followed by buffet supper to celebrate the enduring service of one very special teacher. The evening featured performances from former pupils, peripatetic music teachers as an orchestra as well as a song by the staff choir.
A surprise highlight was a composition in four movements by Marilyn’s son-in-law, Dave Stapleton (of Edition Records) called, “The Retirement Suite”. To finish there was a heart warming rendition of, “the Frog Chorus” by Paul McCartney followed by the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky with audience participation.
Mrs Marilyn Wright has been in dutiful employment in Hampshire since 1975 and at St Mary’s since September 1987 seeing her service to this school number 25 years – a quarter of a century! No mean feat.
Marilyn’s time began with an interview led by Nora Goodall, chair of the governing body at the time. One of the questions Marilyn remembers was, “and can you teach swimming?” to which Marilyn replied, “I’m willing to teach but will need to learn to swim first.” Needless to say she was appointed but still hasn’t learnt to swim!
Of the numerous opportunities for the children that Marilyn has led her are just a few highlights:
- Resurrecting the primary school music festival,
- Performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the school hall, the Anvil, Winchester Cathedral, Farnham Maltings,
- Creating a boys choir,
- Countless introductions to peripatetic music lessons,
- Introducing St Mary’s school to the computer in a unique, developing age that still goes on,
- Wind band,
- School orchestra,
- Recorder groups,
- String Quartet,
- School Choir.
Marilyn has also been class teacher, team leader, acting deputy head teacher, teacher governor, and discreet music teacher for a career that has spanned many glorious years.
We wish Marilyn and her husband Paul a happy and restful retirement and many thanks for all you’ve done here at the school for the children, many who are now parents themselves. Well done.