Long-serving popular school ‘grandmother’ is honoured as she retires
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A North Somerset grandmother has been honoured for her 45 years of school service – by having a school kitchen named after her.
The staff room kitchen at The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA), was recently opened with the new title of ‘Nana Nade’s Kitchen’, as a tribute to Nadine Garbett, 81, whose working days have been halted by the Covid-19 crisis.
The popular ‘grandmother’, who saw her six grandchildren go through TKASA, started working at the school in Highbridge, in 1976, when her children were little.
Nadine’s role involved serving drinks, fruit and cakes for students and staff; her many other jobs over the years included working as a dinner lady, cleaning the school, cook and honorary ‘Nan’.
Due to Covid-19, she has been unable to continue her work at the school and has retired.
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A spokesperson for the school, in Burnham Road, said: “Nadine is extremely well-known by thousands and generations of TKASA students and staff. But, due to Covid-19, she has been unable to continue her work and so has retired.
“This week she discovered that the kitchen of the staff room which she had been working in during recent years, will now be called Nana Nade’s Kitchen, alongside her photo.
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“She even recently had a letter from the Queen to celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary – along with a photo of Her Majesty.”
Nadine and her husband Tony have also recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
The school is planning to hold an offocial opening ceremony for the newly-named kitchen when Covid rules allow.
Speaking from their garden, Nadine said: “I absolutely adore the children – all the ones I have looked after.
“They mean the world to me, along with the staff in all the years I’ve been there. I love the school.”
TKASA school principal, Nathan Jenkins, said: “Nadine is incredible and loved by everyone. She has done every job you can imagine.
“When Covid-19 rules allow, hopefully next year, we will be able to have a bigger party in the school to officially open ‘Nana Nade’s Kitchen’.”