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Kettering Evening Telegraph 13th July 1982

Tears of Emotion at Final Prizegiving

Mrs Tajzler (left) and teachers Mrs Fiske, Mrs Tilton and Mrs Mossop admire their gifts
Mrs Tajzler (left) and teachers Mrs Fiske, Mrs Tilton and Mrs Mossop admire their gifts

A Headmistress produced tears of emotion as children, parents and school governors showered giftson her at a prizegiving service in Burton Latimer church. It was the 400th and final prizegiving ceremony held by St Mary's Church School, which now loins with East Lea to become Burton latimer Voluntary Controlled School.

The evening proved quit overwhelming for Headmistress Mrs Jarmila Tajzler. Acting head of St Mary's for the past two-and a-half years, the Czechoslovakian-born teacher who moved to Burton Latimer 33 years ago was the focus of attention. Mrs Tajzler took centre stage after a short service conducted by chairman of the governors Canon Edward Pitt, and the presentation of books by the Rev Stan Marriott to 32 leaving pupils.

She first presented a cheque for £102.95 to Mr Marriott, area organiser of the Church of England Children's Society. The cash, raised on May Day, will go to Charnwood House, a home for multi-handicapped children in Leicestershire. Then she received £150 from Mr Douglas Ashby, chairman of the 400th anniversary festival committee. The fundswill go towards the infants'department - of which Mrs Tajzler will be head - at the new school.

Mr Ashby also presented a £100 cheque to Mrs Andrea Batey, secretary of the Burton Latimer appeal committee for the Church of England Childrens' Society. A colour television was another gift - again to be used by Mrs Tajzler and her three colleagues from St Mary's new infants' department. The TV was presented by Mrs Sylvia Wright, treasurer of the now wound-up Friends of St Mary's.

Numerous tributes, gifts and words of praise followed. School governors, represented by former pupils Caroline Mutlow (9), her 11-year-old sister, Julia and Mrs Pitt gave personal presents. They presented her with a flower arrangement, an illuminated address prepared by parochial church council member Mr George Linnell, sherry glasses and a decanter. The decanter was engraved with a picture of St Mary's by Aldwinkle craftsman Mr Terence Hodgkins.

Other presentations were made to teachers Mrs Ruth Tilton, Mrs Jennifer Mossop and Mrs Sylvia Fiske, school meals assistant/cleaner Mrs Joyce Whitney, caretaker Mrs Jessis Austin, assistant caretaker Mrs Jill Clarke and school meals assistants Mrs Sue Watts and Mrs Gerry York.

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