Elvis performance leads school-wide affair for ‘inspirational’ school cook who retired after 25 years in Framlingham
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A popular and much-loved school cook who “has a smile for every child” was thrown a surprise retirement assembly at an east Suffolk school last week.
Maureen Chapman had worked as part of the kitchen team at Sir Robert Hitchams Primary School, Framlingham, for 25 years and retired at the end of February. The event was celebrated with a whole-school show of thanks for Mrs Chapman, which saw pupils from every class bake cakes, and an assembly which involved a number of performances. She was also presented with a cake decorated by former pupil Krystal Jenkins.
However, Mrs Chapman’s favourite part of the day was when her Year 6 grandson Cameron appeared dressed as Elvis Presley to perform I Want to be your Teddy Bear and Blue Suede Shoes, with friends playing blow up saxophones.
On the day, each child went home with a piece of cake wrapped in a silver serviette to represent Mrs Chapman’s 25 years of working at the school.
When asked how she had enjoyed her time at the school, Mrs Chapman said: “I enjoyed every minute. It’s a fantastic school. I loved my job and thoroughly enjoyed working there. I worked with lovely people. The children were always fantastic.
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“I didn’t really want to retire but the time had come for me to do so.
“The assembly was brilliant...out popped Cameron dressed as Elvis! He was the star of the show.”
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Every year her husband Gordon would help her to prepare the school’s Christmas dinner by peeling and chopping sprouts, and so Mr Chapman was presented with papier mâché sprouts and chocolates.
Deputy headteacher Jane Colchester said: “She was a real inspiration, always has a smile on her face. She always knew everybody’s foibles...who liked the cheese pie or who liked extra peas. She knows all the children so well and has a smile for every child. She has been absolutely lovely to work with.”