Jim calls it a day

On Friday headteacher at Ferryden Primary School Jim Houston retired. He is picturedwith all the pupils and parents who attended the ceremony.
On Friday headteacher at Ferryden Primary School Jim Houston retired. He is picturedwith all the pupils and parents who attended the ceremony.

MR JIM Houston, headteacher of Ferryden Primary School, retired on Friday after six years in the post.

The first school he taught in was Charleston in his native Dundee, and in Angus he has previously been head teacher at Glenprosen and Stracathro Primaries.

He has clearly enjoyed his spell at Ferryden, and spoke warmly of the way the school has grown and developed.

Mr Houston told the Review: “I’m proud of the new outdoor learning area. The school is working towards eco and fair trade awards, and we also have close links with local businesses and the wildlife centre.”

Mr Houston is a keen gardener, and on a warm afternoon was delighted to receive a presentation from children, parents and staff of a garden swing seat, as well as numerous garden-related items.

He said he thoroughly enjoyed his final day and especially the show that the children put on, and continued: “Everyone works together at the school. I shall miss them all.”

But retirement will not be all reclining in the garden and counting butterflies.

Mr Houston is standing for membership of Angus Council in the forthcoming election on May 3, as an SNP candidate in the Brechin and Edzell Ward, in which he and his family live.

He told us: “I’ll have a week to relax, then it will be non-stop canvassing until the election!”