PUPILS and staff at Bridge of Allan Primary paid tribute to the retiring headteacher with a special poem.

Lina Horsburgh, 62, was the head of the school for 15 years and was showered with gifts including golf lessons, flowers and vouchers when she left at the end of the summer term.

The poem was written by deputy head Julie Russel, who sought to encapsulate Ms Horsburgh’s service to the school and to education in general.

She said: “Education was Lina’s vocation and she gave more than 40 years of service before her well-earned retirement this year.

“In the poem I try to sum up her strong values and principles and how hard she worked to progress the school and make it one of the best in the Stirling area.”

The first letter of each line of the poem spells out “Goodbye Miss Horsburgh” and the ditty ends with the verse: “Go with good wishes for all that you’ll do/ Have a fantastic retirement – our message to you!”

The 62-year-old retiring headteacher dedicated 40 years to education across Stirling and Clackmannanshire, working in Bannockburn Primary and as head at Coalsnaughton Primary before moving on to Bridge of Allan.

In retirement, she is looking forward to plenty of travelling around the world and enjoying her favourite hobby: golf.

She has been replaced by Lyndsay MacNair, formerly of Doune Primary School.