THREE long-serving members of staff with more than 90 years between them have left Brighouse High School.
Joyce Day, Barbara Littlewood and Susan Moore have all worked at the school in Finkil Street for a number of years but despite a few name changes nothing else has changed.
Mrs Day started at the school which was then Brighouse Girls Grammar School as a care taker in 1979 which she did for 22 years. But after two heart attacks she stepped down as care taker and for the last 11 years has been helping to keep the school clean and tidy.
“I have enjoyed every minute of it and the children are fantastic,” she said. “They have all been very good to me and all the staff and students call me aunty Joyce.”
Mrs Day was presented with a gold watch.
Mrs Littlewood has been sharing the role of head of PE and has always been a PE teacher since she started at the school 26 years ago. Since being at the school she has been on 16 lake trips with Year seven, travelled with school to Sweden, Italy, Germany and France. Been in charge of the netball team and during that time she has helped them win 61 Calderdale netball leagues and won 52 Calderdale netball tournaments.
“One thing I have noticed is the introduction of a lot more sport over the years. From the traditional netball and football to fencing, climbing and a lot more activities going on,” she said.
When she retires Mrs Littlewood will be travelling to New Zealand for a month. She was presented with a photograph of the Lake District.
Mrs Moore has been at the school for just over 22 years. She started at the school as a lunch time supervisor and has worked her way up to clerical assistant at the sixth form centre in Parsonage Lane.
“I have enjoyed my time at both the high school and the sixth form and I think the reason I have stopped as long as what I have is because I enjoyed it,” she said.
Mrs Moore was presented with vouchers.