The pupils, staff and parents of Clerkhill School said a fond farewell to head teacher Janet Adie last week as she retired after 14 years of service.
Mrs Adie, formerly Janet Anderson, began teaching 37 years ago after studying at Ellon Primary, Ellon Academy and Aberdeen University.
Following her studies Mrs Adie taught at Meiklemill Primary before becoming one of the youngest head teachers in the region five years later at Stuartfield.
Spells at Ellon Academy and a return to Meiklemill followed before she took the reins at Clerkhill in 2000.
As she led her final end-of-year assembly, the pupils and staff surprised Mrs Adie with a medley of songs and a touching video compilation.
After the assembly an emotial Mrs Adie told the Buchanie that her husband had recently retired and that now was ‘the right time to go.’
She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in teaching over the years and have fond memories of all my schools.
“It has been a privilege to be head teacher and I am really proud of what the staff, children and parents have achieved over the years.
“They gave me a tremendous send off - even arranging a through the keyhole video of my house.
“I feel the time is right to retire early to follow my own interests and spend more time with my husband Ian.
“We enjoy hillwalking and playing and watching sport and hope to travel.
“We are looking forward to seeing several events at the Commonwealth Games this summer and glamping in Inverness as the schools return in August.”
Jonathon Cordiner, the current depute head at Auchterellon School, has been appointed acting head for the start of term before a permanent appointment is made later in the year.