It was with a heavy heart that the teachers, the school management and the school community of the herzog-otto-mittelschule lichtenfels (HOS) had to bid farewell to two long-serving teaching colleagues and the school's janitor in retirement.
Long years of classic ladder
on the day of the dismissal ceremony for the 9. And 10. Gerhard waldschutz, the last head of class 10cm, said goodbye to the classes in a ceremonial setting. The teaching staff said goodbye with a song they had composed themselves, which recalled past experiences together and included the character traits and virtues of their beloved colleague. As a class instructor, waldschutz taught high school classes for many years and also successfully taught middle school classes at the HOS. With his outstanding musical skills and his tireless commitment, he made a decisive contribution to the school profile of the herzog-otto-mittelschule. For years, for example, he was in charge of the school band, which gave numerous performances both within the school and throughout the district.
The teachers and the school management thanked him for his work and wished him all the best for his retirement. Deputy principal silke fischer presented a gift from the staff and a symbolic sunflower as a token of appreciation.
Dedicated sports teacher
on the penultimate day of school, the teacher bernhard herold was given a ceremonial farewell by all pupils in the school's auditorium as part of the honoring of the best pupils in the classes and in sports. For four decades, he was a dedicated sports teacher at the HOS, organizing competitions and national youth games. To say goodbye, he had to complete a fitness course in front of all the students and teachers, which was skillfully and humorously presented by teacher diana neckermann. At the course he competed against the winners of the federal youth games. The sports teacher once again showed all his skills and could not be beaten. As a victory trophy and farewell gift, the very popular sports teacher received a ball as a memento from all the schoolchildren, on which all the classes had immortalized themselves.
Janitor for many years
in the same ceremony, the school's janitor of many years, hans latocha, was bid farewell in the presence of his wife heidi, after being escorted to their honorary places in the front row by principal silke fischer. Students from different grades recited a farewell poem to him, which included many anecdotes and typical activities from his long janitorial tenure.
The biggest laugh was the farewell gift: the janitor's blue overcoat, on which some 450 schoolchildren and teachers had signed, had been lovingly pasted over and thus made to last for eternity. Vice-principal silke fischer thanked both of them for their tireless, dedicated work and emphasized with a wink that they had earned their retirement.
At the end of the day, all the teachers and students formed a large honor guard for the two prospective resting teachers, which extended out into the schoolyard. Here many trades were once again shaken and gossiped, and there were even some farewell tears.