Aberdeen pupils twist and shout in Beatles-inspired tribute to retiring head teacher

Lorraine Napier was given a special send-off.
Lorraine Napier was given a special send-off.

An Aberdeen head teacher is retiring after 22 years at a primary school.

Lorraine Napier said she is looking forward to the next stage of her life after departing Kirkhill Primary School yesterday.

The 59-year-old started at the Kincorth school in October 1994 and began her career in education at Skene Square Primary School in 1978.

She said: “I’ve got mixed feelings retiring, I am looking forward to the next stage in my life.

“The two deputy heads Shona and Kerry have been a dream team to work with over the years.”

Lorraine, who is a big Beatles fan, was surprised with a Fab Four-themed flashmob involving the whole school last week.

Lorraine said: “I was sitting in my office and one of the children came in and said I had to come outside.

“I thought there might have been an altercation but when I got outside the whole school was there.

“I was stunned into silence, which is not like me.”

 Head Teacher Lorraine Napier is retiring after 22 years at the school.
Head Teacher Lorraine Napier is retiring after 22 years at the school.

Former pupils and parents had the chance to say goodbye to Lorraine at a special assembly on Thursday night.

Lorraine said she had some great memories at the school and has loved every minute of it.

She said: “It has never felt like work to me and now is the best time to get out.

“I have had some great times here.”

Deputy head teacher Shona Mile, who has worked with Lorraine for 18 years, said: “She is a great person, she inspires the children at the school.

“Lorraine always has them at the centre of her thoughts and she is hard working and caring for the children and staff.

“She has been innovative where she got the school on an initiative which let the children travel to EU countries and learn about them.

“Everything she does is making aspects better for the children.

“Lorraine was all about giving the children a chance to do things they might have not had a chance to do otherwise.

“I couldn’t have had a better boss in terms of inspiration.

“It will be different without her as she was a big part of the school and a part of the community.”

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