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Mrs Elston’s Leaving Verse

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.


Mrs Elston, PE Department


School Calendar

  • 17 Dec
    Art GCSE Coursework Deadline
  • 17 Dec
    Alice House Nativity
  • 18 Dec
    Alice House Nativity
  • 19 Dec
    End of Term
  • 20 Dec
    Christmas Holidays