LAUGHTON: Mrs Rugg gets an unusual parting gift

Children at Laughton Junior and Infant School made a rug to give to their deputy head teacher Mrs Rugg who has retired after more than 20 years
Children at Laughton Junior and Infant School made a rug to give to their deputy head teacher Mrs Rugg who has retired after more than 20 years

Departing deputy head teacher Mrs Gill Rugg must have a great sense of humour, as her pupils made her an extraordinary retirement gift - a rug!

The crafty creation was made from fabric pieces cut-out in the shape of the children’s hands.

Deputy head teacher at Laughten Junior and Infant School Gill Rugg retired on Tuesday after 20years service in teaching

Deputy head teacher at Laughten Junior and Infant School Gill Rugg retired on Tuesday after 20years service in teaching

They were sewn together to form the shape of a dragon which is the school’s logo.

Mrs Rugg has taught approximately 1,000 children in her 20 years at Laughton Junior and Infants.

And many of them came back for a special assembly to thank her and say goodbye.

Ex-pupils and parents packed out the school hall and gave her their best wishes.

The evening before, there had been an event for staff and governors past and present to thank her for all she has done over the years.

The assembly was an upbeat and joyous occasion which saw children make up songs, tell poems and present Mrs Rugg with their very special rug gift.

“Gill Rugg is a special and unique teacher the like of which do not come along every day,” said headteacher Mrs Caroline Coates.

“She has really made a difference to so many young lives over the last 20 years at Laughton Junior and Infant School.”

“Words like ‘legend’ and the ‘best teacher ever’ have been heard from the numbers of ex pupils who have been back to visit her before she leaves.”

“She not only leaves her legacy in the memories of the approximately 1,000 children she has taught throughout her career but also in he knowledge of teaching that she has passed on to younger colleagues.”

“I know that Gill will remain a friend of the school over the years to come.”

“And although we will miss her terribly we wish her all the best for her new adventure.”

Mrs Coates said Mrs Rugg had always given 100 per cent to the school - even when life outside school has been tough.

She added: “Our pupils have been very lucky to have had her as their teacher and the number who have already come back, on hearing of her retirement, just to send their best wishes, is testament to that.”