Brenda bids a fond farewell
After a career spanning 37 years in the Science Department at Richmond School, we are sorry to say farewell to Brenda Price who is retiring from her role as a Senior Science Technician. Brenda has seen generations from the same families pass through the school and experienced the many changes in technology and teaching practices that have evolved over the years.
Brenda started working as a part-time assistant technician and mid-day supervisor, which she carried on doing for 25 years. Her specialist subject was biology. After accepting more hours in the Science Department, Brenda went on to do lots of courses and was promoted to Senior Science Technician. The additional training gave Brenda the opportunity to learn more experiments and pass these on to the students. She particularly enjoyed being able to bend glass, something the students found interesting and creative. Brenda’s greatest satisfaction from her role was being able to support the A-level students with their investigation course work where she could share her knowledge and suggest things that may help their experiments work. Showing the younger students how to do simple tasks was also rewarding for Brenda, such as demonstrating how to use a microscope. Ultimately, Brenda took great pride in her role, which carried a great responsibility, with health and safety in the department being paramount at all times.
Brenda has many, many memories from her time at Richmond School and said: “I have learnt so much here and seen many characters come and go, made lasting friendships and can say that it is the people that in the school that help to make it so special. We have had some sad times, losing members of staff, but so many joyous times, and taking great pleasure in watching students achieve and do well.
“There have been a lot of fun times, such as the activities day when all the teachers and pupils would have the opportunity to do something different. I used to go with Harry Sargent to play golf, and the students were surprised and amazed that the lady who they only ever saw in a white coat could play golf so well! I also recall the great enjoyment we had from the staff ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, in which I took part twice – again, the children looked at the staff in a different light when they do something unexpected!
“It has always been so wonderful to watch staff flourish and see so many students come back to work at the school. That says so much about our school. I remember Jenna Potter arriving here as a young bubbly teacher, then she moved elsewhere, coming back as a deputy head and it has been fantastic to see her promoted to Headteacher. Staff really are nurtured and it shows that people enjoy their time here.
“One of the most important aspects of working at Richmond School has been the people I have worked with in the department, we are a close-knit team and we share our ups and downs. My work has been so varied and enjoyable that I didn’t want to ever leave. I was always so happy.”
Brenda will be a great loss to the Science Department and the staff were privileged to be able to meet to share their stories and memories with Brenda, including video messages from former colleagues who wanted to pay tribute to Brenda’s contribution to the school.
Jenna Potter, Headteacher, said: “Brenda has been an invaluable member of the Science Department and the wider school community for almost four decades and we really will miss her experience. She has supported thousands of students during her time with us, as well as many staff who have all benefited from her knowledge. So, on behalf of everyone at Richmond School, thank you Brenda for everything and we wish you a very happy retirement.”