End of an era for ‘phenomenal’ teacher

DAY TO REMEMBER  -- Sue receives a farewell card from Notts County player Stephen Hunt during a special assembly at Hillside. Watching on are her husband Paul, son Ed, school pupils Drew Harrison and Levi Robinson, Notts County Ladies Football Club duo Carol and Andrew Eastwood (left and second left) and two other Notts players, Fabian Speiss (second right) and Curtis Thompson (right) -- DISPIC NHUD12-0719-1

DAY TO REMEMBER -- Sue receives a farewell card from Notts County player Stephen Hunt during a special assembly at Hillside. Watching on are her husband Paul, son Ed, school pupils Drew Harrison and Levi Robinson, Notts County Ladies Football Club duo Carol and Andrew Eastwood (left and second left) and two other Notts players, Fabian Speiss (second right) and Curtis Thompson (right) -- DISPIC NHUD12-0719-1

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A MUCH-respected PE teacher, whose career in Hucknall has run through five decades, is hanging up her whistle.

SUE DAY (60) has retired from Hillside Primary School on Roberts Lane to signal the end of an era.

The mum-of-two has worked with hundreds of youngsters since joining the former Beardall Street Secondary School in 1974.

Despite a six-year career break to start a family, Sue has netted 32 years in the classroom and on the sports field in the town.

During a special retirement-assembly, she was showered with gifts from Hillside pupils and teachers.

Stephen Hunt, Fabian Speiss and Curtis Thompson, three footballers from Notts County, whom Sue supports, joined in the celebration — after children wrote 50 letters to Meadow Lane to invite them.

“I have loved my career,” said Sue, who is married to another well-known teacher, Paul Day (55), a member of staff at Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall since 1976.

“There are now children at Hillside with parents and grandparents whom I taught. There are even members of staff who are former pupils I have worked with.

“I will miss it but I will take with me some wonderful memories. I will never forget some of the comments the children come out with.”

Sue, who lives in Giltbrook, was born and bred in Leeds. After qualifying as a PE teacher, she worked at Beardall Street until 1976 when it became part of Holgate Comprehensive School.

She left in 1982 to start a family — she and Paul have two sons, Ed (29) and Jim (28) — but returned to work in 1988 at Spring Street Primary in Hucknall where she taught all subjects, including PE.

In 2007, Spring Street amalgamated with the former Whyburn Primary to form Hillside. Sue was then able to return to teaching her first love, PE.

Over the years, she has also been involved with many teams in sports ranging from football and netball through to cricket and even rowing and boccia.

Sue played hockey for many years and still plays cricket for the Lutterworth women’s team in Leicestershire. She previously captained the Leicestershire ladies’ county side.

In retirement, she will also take up golf.

Dot Stenson, head teacher at Hillside, said: “What can you say? Sue is just phenomenal.

“They don’t make teachers like her these days. There aren’t many who would be out putting up football nets at 7 am and then bringing kids home from a match at 6 pm.

“She has left some big shoes for us to fill and she will be sorely missed.”