Farewell Speech for a Retiring Teacher by a Student

Updated on September 8, 2016
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Farewell Speech for a Retiring Teacher
Farewell Speech for a Retiring Teacher

Writing a "Farewell Speech" for a Teacher Retiring

Need to write a farewell speech for a teacher who is retiring and don’t know how best to go about writing 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 onto the students. Show your deepest respect and make your teacher last day with you in the school a day to always live to remember.

Now, how do you go about writing your own farewell or goodbye speech for someone retiring from teaching?

Tips: What to Say to a Teacher who is Retiring

  • Clarity: Avoid the use of ambiguity 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.

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 programmes and development of the school.

The 35 years he had spent imparting the right skills and knowledge onto the students, seems like it was yesterday he started his teaching career. I have no doubt on my mind to say 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 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 being helpful to us in anyway.

Happy Retirement!
Happy Retirement!

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 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 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, makes it easier and fun for every students 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, 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 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.

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        Renuka Solanki 3 weeks ago

        I love it very much

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        Scarlet 4 weeks ago

        Beautifully expressed

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        swapna 6 weeks ago

        beautifully crafted, artistically made with exceptional taste

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        Wow 6 weeks ago

        Wow it helped me a lot

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        Nandu s 2 months ago

        I wanted a short speech . The words are little complicated.

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        Kr. Ishank 2 months ago

        Something said in the class to the teachers at the last day of my school

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        DR. SUNITA SHARAN- FLORIDA, U.S.A. 2 months ago

        THE WRITING EXPRESSES WORDS OF WARMTH AND GRATITUDE FROM HEART-- as if you had that person as your guru -- thanks helped me to pay homage also to a late prof. of my med . school in India on the inauguration day celebrations- thanks

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        XYZ 2 months ago

        Really beautiful essay.

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        richman emmanuel 2 months ago

        a nice and beautiful speech it very helpful to me thanks a lot

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        Ashwin Rajesh 2 months ago

        This Speech was Good and Helpful

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        Yeah , it was so Damn helpful . Everyone liked my speech and thanks to the autthor for such a great help . Thanks

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        Judith 2 months ago

        This was damn helpful......like seriously thanks to the author Oyewole

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        Alisha 3 months ago

        Thank you so much for writing this speech it is so helpful for me

        God bless you

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        era 3 months ago

        Very nice. But I want too short speech

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        tnx it really help i love that speech

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        helped me a lot thks for him for writing this

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        l love this speech.....

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        it help me in scoring good marks in my examination but this is not very good

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        MJS 6 months ago

        This has really helped me . Thank you so much .

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        Kawsar Ahme 6 months ago

        Thank you for your nice farewell speech

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        Fhatuwani Calvin Tshivhase 6 months ago

        It's inspiring, May the good Lord surely bless

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        Azad Singh Gehlot 8 months ago

        I love it! May God bless u

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        Jordan VKM 9 months ago

        Thanks to the writer.

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        praise 9 months ago

        thank you so much

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        Bansal NK 10 months ago

        got excellent ideas for my speech to be delivered by me to a outgoing teacher

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        Michi 11 months ago

        thnx a lot for this speech....it truly helped me a lot!

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        Peace 11 months ago

        This has really helped me

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        TETTEH 11 months ago

        Thanks so much for writing this, I'm really glad you wrote this speech to educate others.It's very!very useful to me!!

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        Roal 12 months ago

        It was very useful .I got an idea nice vocabulary is used meritorious

        All the best

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        hauwa mukky 12 months ago

        I think u are just doing the best,I went through many things and I'm 100% sure I learnt many things. Thank you for the big help..

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        mr sage 12 months ago

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        virietounuo 13 months ago

        Oh my it's so useful.......now I can write my speech thanks to whoever wrote it.....thank you

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        shaitan draculla 14 months ago

        it was really nice....good vocabulary was used...☺moreover good words were there. .good 1...i really appreciate. ..n of course thanks 4 ds...continue...

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        Aayush 14 months ago

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        goodness 15 months ago

        Thnx for writing these article I really found it very used for my farewell speech

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        Menaka sudasinghe 16 months ago

        This article helped my child a lot, for her speech to her retiring teacher. I thank the person who wrote this Article. Thank you

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        Oyewole Folarin 17 months ago from Lagos

        I'm glad you found this farewell speech very helpful. Thanks for appreciating my time and effort in putting it together.

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        rapunzel 17 months ago

        very useful

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        Oyewole Folarin 19 months ago from Lagos

        You don't need to copy it directly. But you can get ideas from the article to write your own unique perfect farewell speech.

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        wawa 19 months ago

        may i copy this essay? i find it really helpful and so that i get the pattern of writing good essay..