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School bids fond farewell to dedicated head teacher
A committed primary school head teacher who has taught Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire children for many years retires this week.
Jayne Glover, who has spent the last seven years of her career at Kingswells School, will wave a fond farewell to colleagues and more than 500 pupils on Friday.
Present and former pupils, parents, and colleagues have spent the week surprising Mrs Glover, who is held in high regard by the Kingswells community with tributes, and special events, including an afternoon tea and special assembly.
Mrs Glover was the head teacher at Midmar, Kinellar, and Culter primary schools before she took up the helm at Kingswells School, were pupils regularly stop by her open door to share their news, successes and other important information with her.
One of her first projects when she took on the role at Kingswells was to improve the school playground. This included having a mountain of earth moved to give the children more and better playing space and improve safety. Her efforts on that front have not been forgotten, and are often referred to as a sure sign of her dedication and commitment to the decisions she makes; no mountain is insurmountable and if needed be would dedicate considerable personal time and effort to bring about improvements for the sake of young people.
Deputy head teacher Moira Maciver said: "Jayne inspires pupils to be the best they can. She sets high standards for them through their learning opportunities and expectations of behaviour. She is actively involved with pupils during their high and low points and she completes restorative work with any pupil who needs additional time or support to work through these.
"She strives to make a positive impact to improve the overall outcome for all young people and the ethos she models across the school is encouraging and reassuring which enables pupils to take risks in a safe setting.
"She encourages youngsters to aim high and make the most of their individual talents and skills. She always takes the time to recognise this no matter how small the achievement."
Parent Council vice-chair Sarah Christie added: "Mrs Glover has been a wonderful head teacher for Kingswells Primary. In a school of more than 500 pupils it is quite remarkable that she knows them all by name and takes an interest in each of them as if they were her own.
"On behalf of the parent body I would like to thank her for her patience and kindness, and for being instrumental in creating some amazing childhood memories for our children. She will certainly be missed but we wish her a happy and healthy retirement."
During her time at Kingswells School, Mrs Glover has spent considerable time and effort in supporting all of her pupils in their areas of interest, including watching youngsters race their Goblin car at the Alford race track, cheering them on at an interschool swimming gala, and dancing enthusiastically with primary seven pupils at their leavers' party.
As a highly-respected head teacher, Mrs Glover has regularly been asked by Aberdeen City Council to share her knowledge, experience and vision with others, including education colleagues from other countries; and working with fellow head teachers to inform new policies and leading new initiatives within the authority.