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Northwood school secretary retires after nearly 30 years of devoted service
A SCHOOL secretary has bid a fond farewell to staff and students in Northwood after almost 30 years of service.
Wendy Greenwood, 67, began working at Eastbury Farm Primary, in Bishops Avenue, in 1981. She is one of just two secretaries in the school's 50 year history.
Mrs Greenwood retired from the school, which celebrates its Golden Jubilee next year, just before half term at the end of May.
The married grandmother-of-four, who lives in Northwood Hills, said: "When I started at the school, the office contained a manual type-writer, card index for pupil records and a telephone.
"Over the years I have managed all the changed involved with computerisation and the complex programmes involved in running an efficient school office.
"It has been a lovely job and it was perfect when my two sons were growing up."
Mrs Greenwood is now looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren and focusing on her hobbies, which include water colour painting, family history, flower arranging and gardening.
She also plans to volunteer at Emmanuel Church in Northwood, which she attends.
Mrs Greenwood added: "I will really miss all the children, some of whom when I started are parents of pupils now at the school. It really has gone the full circle and it felt like being part of a family.
"Some of the staff have been there a very long time and I will really miss them too.
"I will also miss hearing the sound of pupils learning instruments and practising their music as I work.
"It's very quiet now by comparison but its nice to have a bit more freedom.
"I was given a lovely send-off, including a book with messages and pictures from every single child at the school, which I will treasure forever.
"This is the first stage of the rest of my life and I am looking forward to the future."
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