The Board of Governors, Parent Teachers Association, staff and pupils of Saint Joseph’s Senior Secondary School in a very touching and emotionally charged ceremony, bade farewell to Mrs Adel Sock as she calls it quit, after thirty- five long years of dedicated, loyal and committed service to the school.
According to many, Madam Sock rose from different ranks- art teacher to head of Arts department to vice principal, acting principal while the principal was away on a year’s sabbatical leave in the 2007- 2008 academic year.
The sentiments expressed by the chairperson of the occasion, the principal and head- girl were so full of emotion that many shed tears especially when the farewell song composed for her was sang by the school choir whom she described as the best school choir in The Gambia.
As a person, Adel was described as pleasant, charismatic, tolerant, honest, humble and humourous and would be missed for her dedication to duty, openness and willingness to listen to others and to share her knowledge, skill and experience. As a teacher, Adel was firm but pleasant.
On her part, Adel Sock, as she is popularly called, expressed gratitude to her in-laws, friends and colleagues for their invaluable support. “My joy as a teacher is to see my past pupils in situations to be proud of” she said, citing some members of staff she taught at the school as examples.
As a token of appreciation and gratitude for her invaluable service and indefatigable contribution towards the growth and development of the school, Mrs Sock was presented with a chest deep freezer. The occasion ended with music and dance.