Port Erroll head retires after eight years in charge

Anne Mackenzie and pupils Ryan Eddie and Leighton Malcolm, the oldest and youngest in the school.
Anne Mackenzie and pupils Ryan Eddie and Leighton Malcolm, the oldest and youngest in the school.

Pupils and staff at Port Erroll School held a special tea party on Wednesday afternoon to mark the retirement of head teacher Anne Mackenzie.

Mrs Mackenzie,58, knew nothing of the surprise event until she was sent an invitation for “a royal tea party”.

Pupils from all seven primary years and nursery were present in the main hall, along with staff at the high table.

She was presented with, amongst many other presents, a grand bouquet of flowers and a personalised cake.

The presents were given to her by Leighton Malcolm from primary one and Ryan Eddie from primary seven, the youngest and oldest pupils respectively.

Mrs Mackenzie began her teaching career more than 37 years ago. She spent 20 years as a classroom teacher at the old Port Erroll school as well as periods as depute head at Buchanhaven School and head at Maud School.

She returned to Port Erroll in 2005 as head teacher.

Although she has found her position at Port Erroll to be “an incredibly rewarding job”, Mrs Mackenzie has decided now is the right time to say goodbye.

She said: “I simply want to spend more time with my family. I must say though that I have been so fortunate to work with such supportive staff and parents.”

The school Mrs Mackenzie took over in 2005 was very different to the one she worked at earlier in her career. In 2000, the school was completely destoryed by fire. Five teenagers were found guilty of wilful fire raising.

The Braehead Drive building was replaced in August 2003 with a state-of-the-art facility, capable of housing all 120 primary pupils and 40 nursery pupils.

Mrs Mackenzie’s replacement has not yet been appointed.