THE Mooloolah State School community will soon be saying a fond farewell to five of its long-term staff members – Pam Day, Jenny Wilson, Jenine Stabler (Raddatz), Jenny Chaplin and Pauline Park.
To honour their many years of service and dedication, community members and students and their families, past and present, are invited to attend a special farewell event at the Mooloolah Valley Country Club on Saturday, September 18 from 3-5pm.
Mooloolah P&C member Lisa West said the event was a lovely opportunity to recognise the years of commitment and care that these staff members had shown to innumerable students and their families over the years, with some families knowing the teachers over generations.
Between them the five staff members have almost 140 years of combined service, with the longest serving member, Pam Day, retiring after 31 years of service.
“These ladies have made such a wonderfully positive impact on so many students lives over the years but also, importantly, they have been able to keep the history and past stories of our school alive with their impressive knowledge of not only our school’s history but the history of Mooloolah, which has proved to be invaluable over the years,” Lisa said.
Jenny Wilson said she felt a mixture of both sadness and excitement as she approached her retirement after 30 years of service with the school.
As well as seeing generations of students pass through the school, Jenny’s own children and grandchildren have attended Mooloolah State School.
“It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ve loved every minute of it. I have many happy memories of my time here, the students and fellow staff members,” Jenny said.
“While it’s a bit sad to be coming to the end of an era, I’m looking forward to the start of a new chapter.”
The community is invited to attend the farewell event, share their favourite memories and help wish these wonderful ladies well on their well-deserved retirement.
The Mooloolah P&C committee will provide grazing platters, and drinks and additional food will be available for purchase.
Bookings are essential for catering purposes by contacting the Country Club on 5494 5973.
Pam Day, Jenny Wilson, Pauline Park, Jenny Chaplin and Jenine Stabler (Raddatz)