North Skye teacher calls time on 40 year career

A career in education spanning almost 40 years came to an end earlier this month when Margaret Nicolson, the head teacher at Kilmuir and Staffin primary schools, retired.

Originally from Benbecula, Mrs Nicolson first started teaching in 1975, at the Bishoploch Primary School in Easterhouse, which at the time had the largest school roll in Scotland. After eight years Margaret moved to Skye, taking up a post at Knockbreck Primary School, before becoming head teacher at Macdiarmid Primary in 1990. In 1987 and 1994 she undertook exchange visits to Nova Scotia and her final post was as head teacher at Staffin and Kilmuir.

She has also been associated through her work with the local Mod and the P7 annual school trip to Edinburgh, both of which she will continue to participate in.

The children, parents and communities from both areas held presentations in recognition of Mrs Nicolson’s contribution over the years. She is pictured with the pupils from Staffin and some of the many gifts she received, including a personalised tapestry from the pupils at Kilmuir. Also in the picture is Shona MacDonald who has taken over a two-year posting as acting head teacher.