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Cacoon Primary honours stalwart teachers

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Photo by Claudia Gardner Retired Cacoon Primary School teacher Paulin Bolt, sheds tears as she pulls her former students in for a group hug, after they performed a song in her honour at during a retiral function in Lucea, recently. Marlene Campbell-Scarlett was the other teacher honoured.
Photo by Claudia Gardner Teachers Paulin Bolt (left) and Marlene Campbell-Scarlett, dance to Tarrus Riley's "She's Royal", during a retirement function staged by the Cacoon Primary and Infant School in their honour in Lucea, Hanover recently.
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Cacoon Primary School in Hanover honoured two of its long-serving teachers, Paulin Bolt and Marlene Campbell-Scarlett, at a retirement ceremony at the Lucea Anglican Church Hall.

Both women, retired months ago, served the school for more than 30 years. Bolt began her tenure at the institution in 1982. Campbell-Scarlett began her stint in 1979.

Campbell-Scarlett was described in her citation as "dedicated, reliable, disciplined, a keen listener, and a gentle and caring teacher" with an unmatched passion for her job. She also held the distinction of being the first person to reach the school every single morning.

"To be most punctual, for over three decades, with the least number of casual absences, speaks volumes for a teacher who can truly be described as a stalwart," the citation read.

"A disciplinarian, an inspirational leader; a motivator a compassionate teacher, identifiable by the cleanest classroom on the school compound", were some of the terms used to describe her counterpart, Bolt, who, in her response, stated that she was honoured and humbled to have been recognised by the school community.

"As I reflect on my tenure, 33 long years, filled with a lot of memories, days when transportation was not prevalent. I had to walk for miles to get to school. Those were the days when you had to innovate, implement to create to keep the institution afloat," Bolt said.

In her address to the retirees, senior education officer at the Ministry of Education's Region Four Hyacinth Stern encouraged both women to enjoy their retirement and to continue to teach in other spheres of life.

"There is no other profession that can come up to, that can stand, beside that of teaching," Stern said.

"The Ministry of Education wants to say thanks to you and I will extend it. The nation wants to say thanks to you."