'I'll miss everyone at school - but not the early mornings'
THERE will be a fresh broom at a Swansea Valley school next term — following the retirement of its cleaner and caretaker after more than three decades of service.
Beryl Garland will say goodbye to staff at pupils at Craigfelen Primary in Clydach, where she has worked for 31 years.
The school paid tribute to her years of service with a special assembly last week followed by a party attended by former staff and friends.
She was also presented with gifts to thank her for her dedication and had work over the decades.
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Head teacher Alison Williams said: "Beryl gave everything above and beyond the call of duty.
"She's had a huge impact, runs a tight ship, and everyone respects her for what she has done.
"Everyone comments on what she has done because she has made a remarkable contribution to the school, and she will be sorely missed."
Mrs Garland has been employed by the school for 24 years, and spent another seven years volunteering.
The grandmother of two said she had mixed feelings about leaving.
"I will miss the staff and pupils, but I won't miss getting up early in the mornings," she said.
"I will use the time to collect my own grandchildren from school, and taking the dog for a walk.
"And I hope to use the time to do some gardening. It's a bit scary in some respects.
"The pupils have been coming up to me and asking why I am leaving, and say they don't want me to go.
"They are lovely children.
"I've had a fabulous time here, but it is time to go, and I'll miss everyone."