Sunderland teaching assistant retires after 41 years at the same school

Thorney Close Teaching Assistant Lynn Patterson, who is retiring after more 40 years, receiving  gifts from The Mayor of Sunderland Coun. Alan Emerson (right) and Chair of Governors Colin Short (left) at a special assembly at the school, on Friday.
Thorney Close Teaching Assistant Lynn Patterson, who is retiring after more 40 years, receiving gifts from The Mayor of Sunderland Coun. Alan Emerson (right) and Chair of Governors Colin Short (left) at a special assembly at the school, on Friday.
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School’s out for a devoted teaching assistant who has retired after more than four decades at a Sunderland school.

Lynn Patterson joined Thorney Close Primary School in 1975 and has been there ever since.

We wanted to let Lynn know how much we appreciate her commitment to our school

Catherine Jones

In recognition of her fabulous contribution to the lives of generations of local children, parents and families, the school held a community celebration.

Everyone Lynn has helped look after or worked with was invited to the party.

Headteacher at the Torquay Road school, Catherine Jones, said: “We all wanted to let Lynn know how much we appreciate her commitment to our school and the love that she has shown every child, parent and colleague here over the years.

“Lynn was given a fantastic warm send off by our staff and pupils to celebrate the magnificent service she has given to Thorney Close Primary School community.

“Lynn has been at the school for over 40 years and in that time she has taken on a lot of roles, from nursery nurse, first aider even as a nit nurse to more recently teaching assistant supporting in nearly every school year group.”

Pupils, parents, both past and present, school governors and the Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson, went along to the afternoon picnic where Lynn was presented with lots of gifts.

During the afternoon children sang some of Lynn’s favourite songs from her four decades at the school, and joined the adults in sharing their memories of Lynn.

The school also made a special memory book, where pupils, parents and grandparents and anyone who Lynn has taught could write comments or memories that they have of her.

Mrs Jones, said: “The school motto is ‘Where learning blossoms’ and that is Lynn all over, she cares about everyone, patiently helping them to learn and succeed.

“You simply could not wish for a more professional and caring member of staff who has given her working life to the school community.”