On Wednesday 23 October 2019, we said goodbye to Mrs Barbara Bell after 31 years as the cook at Wooden Hill.
Barbara Bell started work in our kitchen on 29th February 1988. She had previously worked as a kitchen assistant at Great Hollands School then some other part time jobs locally while her daughter was small.
When her daughter started school, she spotted an advert for the position of cook at Wooden Hill and went straight to the school. She spoke to the Headteacher who offered her the job on the spot. She jumped at the chance to do her dream job and has never looked back!
Her commute has never been terribly arduous as she lives on Wooden Hill!
In the years that followed her appointment, the school catering was first taken over by Bracknell Forest then a series of contactors. Barbara has worked hard to maintain her own high standards throughout.
Barbara says that she has loved every minute of her time at Wooden Hill.
Good luck Barbara and enjoy your retirement!
Mrs Bell’s Interview
By Caitlin, Amelia, Stanlee and Freddie (Year 6)
We asked Mrs Bell a few questions for this article because on Wednesday the 23 October 2019 she retired.
How many years have you been working here?
She replied with 31 years and 10 months.
What was the most enjoyable part of working at Wooden Hill?
Mrs Bell answered with that she enjoyed watching all the little ones grow up to Year 6 pupils of the school. She also enjoyed watching everyone eat Christmas dinner.
In my personal opinion her crumble was the best thing she ever cooked but what was her opinion about the best thing she cooked?
Mrs Bell answered that she has loved cooking all the pasta based foods and cooking roast dinner was always fun!
How much did you enjoy your time here at Wooden Hill?
Mrs Bell said that she enjoyed it a lot and will miss all of the faces every minute.
Will you miss cooking for us at Christmas?
She stated “I will miss seeing all of the small children enjoy their Christmas dinner.”
Why have you stayed at Wooden Hill school for so long?
Mrs Bell said that she lives locally and loves everyone that goes to the school.
What is the most difficult thing you have ever cooked?
She answered that the roast for roast dinner was hectic and that there were lots of different things you need to do.
What was you`re most disastrous time in the kitchen?
She answered that it was the time the cakes went funny.
"Huge congratulations on your retirement, you will be missed a lot at Wooden Hill. thanks for cooking the boys yummy food. Love and best wishes"
"Thank you so much for everything you have done over the years to keep our children so well fed at school....both my daughter's are very fond of your jacket potato and macaroni cheese, quickly pointing out that mine are not as good as Mrs Bell's! Wishing you a very happy retirement."