EMOTIONAL farewells were paid this week to Norma Ross, the long standing and popular Secretary at Mossley Primary School, who has taken early retirement.
Mrs Ross has been school Secretary for the past 22 years. Prior to that her two children, Melanie and Stephen, were pupils at Mossley Primary and Norma was a member of the PTA.
Norma recalled her first day working at the school under Headmaster Edgar Cooke, and said: “I was nervous, but all the staff and pupils made me very welcome.
“I remember the electrical typewriter that I first used and then soon afterwards we got computers installed, even though they were not used in the classrooms.
“Of course over the years things have changed greatly, including the actual school building - and I have very fond memories of the old building.
“But throughout, the kids, staff and parents have been lovely. Mossley has played a big part in my and my family’s life and I have very happy memories and I will miss it.”
Being a music lover and member of the Newtownabbey-based Una Voce choir, Mrs Ross has donated a Music Cup to Mossley Primary as a special token of her affection for the school. She said she was now looking forward to “going by her own timetable” in retirement.
Fellow office worker Lynn Letson said she was sad to see Norma depart, stating: “She will always be first and foremost a friend, and second, a colleague. We have had a great 16 years together and I will miss her terribly.”
Mossley Primary Principal Mr Stephen Mulligan added: “She will be missed by all at the school.
“Having come to the school first as a parent and as a member of the PTA and then to working at the school is a great testament to her commitment to Mossley.
“At all times she has done everything in the most proficient and professional manner, with the utmost care to attention to detail and we wish her all the best in her retirement.”