Thursday 15th July 2010 by C. Freeman
Mrs Jean MacAllister, who has made millions of photocopies during her 19-year-career at Brooke Weston, is now retiring. Jean came to work here when Brooke Weston opened in 1991. She was employed firstly in the restaurant, then as the art department technician, before being offered her current role by former Principal, Mr Gareth Newman.
She has certainly witnessed some changes over the years; having served under three Principals and seen many alterations to the building's layout. The original food technology room was located where Mr Procter's classroom is, and the reprographics room was formerly self-contained, not part of the office, as it is now.
As well as photocopying Jean processes orders, updates tutor folders and databases and helps out on reception. She is planning to spend her retirement looking after her grandchildren, James, Darcie and Dylan and doing hobbies like flower arranging and sewing.
She said: 'I've enjoyed the photocopying with the students coming into get things copied; it's nice seeing them growing up. I've just loved being here, the time has just gone so quickly and it is going to be really hard leaving.'
Principal Trish Stringer said: 'Jean has always been a stalwart, cheerful and hard-working member of staff. That she has been here since Brooke Weston opened shows her loyalty and dedication and we are all, students and staff alike, very grateful for her dedicated service over nearly two decades. We all wish her every happiness as she leaves for a well-earned retirement.'