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Retiring after Thirty Years of Service

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Dr Carol Jerwood, the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education’s Assistant Director, is to retire at the end of August following thirty years of service and a Eucharist was held in Southwark Cathedral to mark the occasion and give thanks for her ministry.  Colleagues old and new both from the Board and Diocesan schools, as well as Governors and other Diocesan staff gathered to wish her well as she begins her new life in retirement.  

The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, President of the Board of Education, presided and preached at the service and the readings and prayers were read and led by colleagues and former colleagues.  The service was held on the feast of St Benedict and in his sermon he said that ‘there could be no better saint to remember than Benedict at a service about Carol's work’.  He went on to speak of her wise counsel and said that as the Board seeks for true and godly wisdom in all it does and teaches, the Board will be taking forward Carol’s legacy. Tributes followed from Bishop Jonathan on behalf of the members of the Board of Education – old and new – he said ‘Carol has made things look effortless, which they aren't’ and that ‘she is wise and can make complex things make sense’. Colin Powell, the Director of Education, who said ‘She’s been good hasn’t she?’ and went on to list her many qualities and speak of how much her wise counsel will be missed by the staff of the Board and schools alike.  ‘She is fun’, he says, ‘and keeps the staff on the toes. She holds the staff to account in detail and is a completer finisher!’  He went on to wonder ‘how it would be possible to ‘download’ all the knowledge in her head in the short time before she retires’. He thanked her for everything. Finally, Julia Corby spoke on behalf of the head teachers.

Carol Jerwood responded to the farewell speeches and thanked people for their help through the years and the (as yet unopened) gifts as she leaves.

Shaun Burns, Primary RE Adviser, led the intercessions and the choir from Archbishop Tenison's School sang an anthem: ‘Be still for the presence of the Lord’. After the service a reception was held at the Board of Education’s offices.

Photographs can be found at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2MbSbX