An ‘unsung hero’

Board member John Goddard hugs a smiling Bramble.
Board member John Goddard hugs a smiling Bramble.

Phenomenal was just one of the words used to describe Mary Bramble, retiring ancillary worker at the Princess Margaret Secondary School.

The school toasted the elderly woman today as both staff and students recognised her more than 30 years of service to the school, from the time she was a member of the Parent Teachers Association to her leaving as a member of staff.

Former student and teacher, Samuel Rouse, now a head tutor at the Barbados Community College, told a smiling Bramble that her service to the school was “phenomenal” and furthermore declared her to be one of the school’s “unsung heroes”.

Rouse, in paying tribute, told the students that Bramble had left an inheritance on which they could build, having had several children and one grandchild who also attended the school and through her care and attention of students during her tenure.

Bramble who served in every post of the school’s PTA, from floor member to president before joining the staff, was told she had left a legacy for the students to follow.

“You have a role model in Miss Bramble,” Rouse told the students, adding that the school had a legacy of outstanding alumni.

Board member, John Goddard noted that she had approached her duties with professionalism and was a great asset to the school over the years and continued as well to be a great source of support to both teaching and non-teaching staff members.

Calling her an “intelligent woman with a passion for learning”, he noted that she had returned to the classroom as well to further her own higher education, after becoming a member of staff.

Bramble was presented with awards and tokens from the board of management, the teaching and non-teaching staff, students, physical education and home economic departments, Girl Guides and Cadet associations, as well as teacher George Browne who thanked her for her kindness to him and his family. (LB)

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