Fond farewell and honour for popular teacher

Pupils say farewell to retiring St Teresa's Primary headteacher Jim Prentice
Pupils say farewell to retiring St Teresa's Primary headteacher Jim Prentice
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School’s out for Uddingston man Jim Prentice who has retired as headteacher of St Teresa’s Primary, ending 40 years’ in the teaching profession.

His retirement was marked by two main events.

There was an entertaining farewell concert and a retirement mass at which Bishop Toal presented Jim with the Motherwell Diocesan Medal of Honour in recognition of his quality and long term service to the Church.

Jim, who lives in Uddingston, has dedicated his working life to education working beyond the normal school curriculum.

As well as serving on education authority and church working groups and committees, Jim was involved in promoting youth football in the area.

He was a class teacher in St Columba’s in Viewpark for 12 years before becoming a senior teacher in St John the Baptist Primary School, Uddingston.

He was depute head of St Teresa’s Primary for three years and then appointed headteacher there in 1994.

Jim is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Kathleen, and grown up children Helen and James.

He will also be following his hobbies of photography, gardening and travelling and will continue to be of service to the community.

Jim expressed thanks to everyone at St Teresa’s and to the many people who supported him over the years.