Falkirk teachers show real staying power

Easter Carmuirs teacher Moira MacPherson is retiring after 39 years in the job
Easter Carmuirs teacher Moira MacPherson is retiring after 39 years in the job
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Newly-qualified teacher Moira MacPherson liked the first school she joined so much she decided to stay.

But her remarkable association with Easter Carmuirs Primary comes to an end today (Thursday) when she retires after 39 years service.

Falkirk-born Moira jumped at the chance to stay ‘local’ after graduating from Moray House in 1974 and a position at the school in Carmuirs Drive in Camelon was just perfect.

Over the years there were opportunities to switch schools, but she resisted them to stay in one place her entire working life.

During that time she has taught every class from primary three to seven, children of children she’s taught, French to senior pupils, been an acting principal teacher, founded the school’s ‘Eco’ initiative which has produced two Green Flag awards and started Easter Carmuirs’ badminton club.

On the eve of her last day in the classroom Moira (60) admitted: “I realised fairly quickly Easter Carmuirs was really going to be the only school for me. I liked everything about it from day one. It’s the kind of school where everything you do as a teacher brings a lot of satisfaction. It was always more than just about lessons. Here you felt your contribution was always valued and worthwhile and I’m really pleased to have been part of that. I’ve had so many happy years it’s strange to think it’s all about to end, but I’ll take away many good memories and intend to keep in touch with the staff and pupils and make ‘guest’ appearances when I can.”

Moira, the daughter of Margaret and George Barclay, the well-known Falkirk solicitor who was a senior partner with law firm Marshall Wilson for many years, has already mapped out her plans for retirement.

A holiday in Menorca with John, her husband of 31 years, tops the priority list and the couple also intend to enjoy more cycling holidays in France and Germany in the months ahead.

Moira added: “The garden at home also needs my attention and I plan to catch up on my reading.”

Already enjoying the quiet life after 39 years as a teacher is Grace Dick (pictured).

She retired from Airth Primary where she had taught for 36 years last month but her classroom career also included spells at schools in Stirling and Kilsyth.

Grace (60) who lives with husband, John, in Kincardine, has just returned from the ‘holiday of a lifetime’ in India which included a visit to the Taj Mahal and later this year trips to Austria to pursue their love of mountaineering and a relaxing few weeks in Spain are on the agenda.

She said: “We enjoy hill walking and climbing - we have already completed 200 Munros - but the holiday in Spain will be nice and relaxing.”

On her time at Airth, she said: “It was a very enjoyable school to be at. I worked with some great people and really lovely bairns.”