08:00AM, Friday 06 February 2015
A headteacher who has been at the centre of her school for more than two decades is calling time on her career.
Dr Rosslyn Sendorek is leaving her position at Oakfield First School at the end of the academic year after almost 22 years in charge.
The 62-year-old has seen generations of families pass through her classrooms since she started working at the school, in Imperial Road.
She said: "I'll miss being at the centre of everything, watching the children grow up and then seeing their children come back through the school."
As a lover of music, Dr Sendorek is hoping she has left a musical legacy at the school. During her time at Oakfield pupils have taken part in musical performances at the Hexagon in Reading and the Royal Albert Hall.
Only last week she took 46 children to the O2 Arena in London to sing in a choir of 7,400 in aid of children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
She also looked back fondly on school trips to the Isle of Wight and the memories her pupils have given her.
"You get your golden moments from the children themselves," she said.
The departure will be felt twice as hard by the school as her husband, Matt, who volunteers at Oakfield, will also be leaving.
The pair are set to celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary on Easter Sunday.
Aside from relaxing and tidying her house, Dr Sendorek is planning to visit relatives in New Zealand at the beginning of her retirement.
"I've been following academic terms for the last 57 years so it will be nice to get away when all the children go back to school," she added.
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