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Farewell from Mrs Morgan

I joined South Dartmoor College, then known as Ashburton Comprehensive, in September 1979, as a member of the English Department. That seems a very long time ago now, but in other ways those 37 years have flown by.

My relationship with the school has been an enormous part of my life. I have worked with so many very special, talented people. I firmly believe that teachers are a very special breed, these days, more than ever. I have taught hundreds of students from the local community and I know that this has given me huge fulfilment; I am grateful that I have been able to make a difference to their lives. It has been a job with meaning and purpose and that is very important to the way I feel about my career.

I am overwhelmed by the kindness shown in naming the new building after me. It is something which I never dreamed of, and yet is so amazing, to think that there will always be a part of me at South Dartmoor. After all these years it was hard to think that I would be leaving behind a place so dear to me and now I never really will.

I have seen huge changes in education and funding over my 38 years of teaching. Schools have to adapt at breakneck speed to the demands of society and government, while still keeping the best interests of the students at the heart of all that they do. South Dartmoor continues to do this with great success and I am proud of them, staff, governors and students. It is a wonderful school and I leave with mixed feelings. I am going into retirement with excitement about the opportunities which await but I know I will miss the college massively. Good luck to you all, I will keep you in my heart.

Judith Morgan