For the last quarter of a century he has been teaching the schoolchildren of Helston – and in many cases going on to then teach their children also.

But now Arvind Hirani has closed up the classroom one last time, having retired from St Michael’s School at the end of the academic year.

Mr Hirani started at St Michael's in 1998. Throughout his 25 years at the school, he's taught a variety of different year groups and pupils – including a number of the St Michael's staff's own children.

He's also taken part in countless Flora Days, worked with many teachers and teaching assistants, was acting head of school for two years through the Covid pandemic, and finished his time at St Michael's as deputy head of school.

To mark the occasion, mayor Miles Kenchington visited St Michael’s and presented Mr Hirani with one of the town’s highest honours, a town plaque, in recognition of all the years’ service he has given Helston.

Falmouth Packet: Helston mayor Miles Kenchginton presents Avind Hirani with a town plaqueHelston mayor Miles Kenchginton presents Avind Hirani with a town plaque (Image: St Michael's School)

The school said: “He's left memories to last a lifetime with both staff and pupils, past and present.

“Your colleagues would like to thank you Mr Hirani, for all the support, kindness and patience you have shown to your colleagues and pupils throughout your time at St Michael's.

“It's evident that you have made an impact on the school, and left a lasting impression on the many people that have been lucky enough to work with you and were taught by you.

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“On behalf of everyone at St Michael's, we want to wish you a happy retirement.

“Enjoy your days on the golf course, travelling the world and spending as much time with your family as possible. You will be really missed!”