We were sad to say farewell to several members of staff today. Some are retiring and some are moving on to pastures new. We wish them all well in the next stage of their lives.
One member of staff, Mrs Elston, has been at Saint Martin’s for 41 years. Current staff and governors remember being taught by her when they were pupils here. She has worked in the PE department and has made a significant impact on sport at the school and in Solihull.
Mrs Elston was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement award for her services to Sport in the Borough at the Solihull Secondary Schools’ Sports Federation Roll of Honour earlier this year.
Mrs Elston shared a delightful leaving verse with colleagues yesterday, reflecting on her many, many years at Saint Martin’s.
My Leaving Verse
I came to Saint Martin’s in ‘75. Miss Bacon was the Head at that time.
The school was in the centre of town and the uniform was pink and brown!
I came here as an NQT, intending to stay a year — maybe three
But once I was here, I was enthralled by its spell
Of the care and kindness — just like a family as well!
When I arrived, the sport was quite weak .
One of the sports was lacrosse — how antique!!
We had no astro or tennis courts,
We lost most matches because we scored nought!
Some years later much was improved — helped in many ways by the move
To this site – oh what a joy — a gym, a sports field — boy oh boy.
And then a pool was next on the agenda .
Tudor Grange no longer had our tender.
Over the years we’ve built up our reputation
With team work, enthusiasm and determination.
The talents and skills that the girls display
Show other schools that we lead the way.
It’s not just the sport that we should be proud
The music, the drama – many crowds they have wowed.
I am privileged to have been part of such a special place
Which more than lives up to its motto of courtesy and grace.