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How to Give a Farewell Speech for a Retiring Teacher (as a Student)

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Giving a meaningful retirement speech

Giving a meaningful retirement speech

Writing a "Farewell Speech" for a Retiring Teacher

Need to write a farewell speech for a teacher who is retiring, but don’t know how to word it? This article will guide you on what to write to wish him or her all the best in life after retirement. Your teacher leaving the school might have guided, inspired, and made you who you are today.

You can through a memorable goodbye message express how grateful you are for what he or she taught you in class, and how that has made a big difference in your academic life. Let him or her know how grateful you are for his or her hard work and time imparting the right skills and knowledge to the students. Show your deepest respect and make your teacher's last day a day to always remember.

How do you go about writing a farewell or goodbye speech for someone retiring from teaching?

What to Say to a Teacher Who is Retiring

  • Clarity: Avoid the use of ambiguous words. Write sentences that have the same meaning to you and your audience. It should be clear and understandable enough.
  • Short and simple sentences: Don’t make your sentence too long; rather use fewer words to convey your message. And remember to include some of the positive qualities of the person retiring or leaving. I mean two or three qualities you have appreciated about your teacher.
  • Make him or her comfortable: Your message should not be embarrassing to the person retiring. Make him or her feel comfortable listening to your speech.
With these tips, your speech will turn out fantastic

With these tips, your speech will turn out fantastic

Sample Farewell Speech

Good afternoon respected principal, erudite teachers, and my fellow students,

I am highly honored to deliver this farewell speech. We are all here to bid farewell to our exceptional teacher and a mentor who retired from active service. Today, I realized how time flies.

It gives me great pleasure to say that we must recognize, respect, and appreciate all the valuable skills and knowledge our dear teacher had imparted onto us the future leaders, and to thank him for all his efforts and hard work. Of course, I know how painful it is, to say goodbye to someone who is less of a teacher but more of a father. However, we all need to express our sincerest gratitude to him for all his uncommon contributions to realizing the educational programs and development of the school.

The 35 years he had spent imparting the right skills and knowledge to the students, seems like it was yesterday he started his teaching career. I have no doubt in my mind that he is an achiever, open-minded, generous, knowledgeable, modest, courageous, responsible, and highly respected teacher. Yes, we might not have always agreed with him based on the fact that his assignments to students are usually too difficult for us to handle. We usually go the extra mile preparing for your assignments just to make sure they match your standards. But we must respect and appreciate the fact that he had been helpful to us in any way.

I remember when the students were facing some challenges, he stood with us. With his vast wealth of experience in making quick decisions in a very hostile situation which he demonstrated during the difficult time, we were able to overcome if not all, some of the difficulties. Thank you for making learning easier and more enjoyable.

Throughout his stay in the school, he was an outstanding tutor and committed to promoting excellence in the education sector. You are always tolerant and eager to help when we have things bothering our minds. Indeed, your exceptional qualities have inspired us in so many ways. This, we will all remember you for, and the sweet memories that we had together will remain in our hearts forever.

I am glad to say, our teacher leaving is a recipient of several awards both locally and internationally for his hard work and service to humanity. I remember that he led us to several competitions, where we won medals and trophies back to the school. Most of these awards you will find in the principal’s office. All these achievements and awards brought nothing but fame to the name of the school both at home and abroad. Indeed, we are proud of your many achievements, and they have inspired us to always think big.

Thank you for teaching your subjects with a passion. Your own teaching skills make it easier and fun for every student to contribute actively thereby making your class an engaging class for all. Permit me to use this medium to ask for your forgiveness if we have hurt your feelings knowingly or unknowingly in the course of discharging your duties.

Sir, you have put in great efforts in instilling tolerance, kindness, and patience onto us the future generations. You have worked tirelessly, now it is time to enjoy all that you have labored for all over the years. As you join the seniors of this great country, I pray for your good health. And may you find life after retirement a happy moment with a lot of beautiful memories. I also pray that the knowledge and skills we have gained from you are used well in building a greater nation and a healthy place for all to live.

On behalf of the school, I wish you good luck and all the best for the rest of your life as you bow out after spending meritorious 35 years teaching what you know how to do best.

Thank you.

© 2016 Oyewole Folarin


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