Friday Hero

Kim Butler is a technician in the design department at Garendon high school in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Pupils at this 11-14 high school wrote to Friday, saying "Mrs Butler is the greatest in the world" for supporting their lessons, being kind and explaining things with a smile. When they forget their ingredients for food technology she always has some to spare and "doesn't tell us off", while in art "she's always cheerful and helps us tidy up".

Urszula Eyre, an art and technology teacher who nominated Kim for our flowers, champagne and chocolate, is one of six teachers in the department who want to say a big thank you. Kim has 101 jobs, including organising equipment for lessons, ordering paint, clay and fabric, maintaining the computers, and putting up displays - as well as supporting pupils.

This is the last edition of Friday magazine before the summer break but we can't end without naming three more Friday heroes who all retire in the next few days. They are: Maureen Palin, deputy head of Hurst Knoll school in Ashton-under-Lyne and a teacher there for 31 years. Her crowning glory this term was to appear as the Queen at a jubilee party. "The younger children really thought we'd had a royal visit," writes colleague Belinda Spiby; Eileen Lumley, office manager and voluntary organiser of school-based youth clubs for 26 years at Ernulf community school in St Neots, Cambridgeshire; and Peter Hodges, class teacher for 10 years at Chase Bridge primary school in Twickenham, Middlesex, whose drama productions - especially Bugsy Malone - will long be remembered by staff and pupils.

Well done, happy holidays, and keep those nominations coming for September.

Send the name of your Friday Hero to Sarah Bayliss, Friday, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX, or email Flowers kindly supplied by Marks amp; Spencer

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