‘I hope stu­dents re­alise how lucky they are to be there’

Mau­reen re­flects on 34 years as busi­ness man­ager at sec­ondary col­lege

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

MAU­REEN Oliver can­not speak highly enough of Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege – a place that saw her through her high school ed­u­ca­tion and where she has just ended her ca­reer af­ter 34 years as busi­ness man­ager.

Born and bred in Rochester, Mau­reen at­tended Rochester High School, as it was known. Af­ter com­plet­ing her ed­u­ca­tion, Mau­reen worked at North­ern Tim­ber & Hard­ware for three years in an ad­min­is­tra­tion role. In this po­si­tion, she learnt and per­formed a range of du­ties that would later prove use­ful in her role as busi­ness man­ager.

Af­ter leav­ing her job at North­ern Tim­ber & Hard­ware to marry Greg Oliver and have their two chil­dren Damian and Lau­ren, and once the chil­dren were at pri­mary school, there was an ad­ver­tise­ment in the lo­cal pa­per for a po­si­tion at Rochester High School. Mau­reen ap­plied and was suc­cess­ful, and the rest, as they say, is his­tory. “I just loved it,” Mau­reen said. “I had stud­ied ac­coun­tancy at school and I found it en­joy­able and chal­leng­ing.

“I re­ally en­joyed the work and that’s why I stayed there so long.

“I was able to min­gle with staff and stu­dents and I still got school hol­i­days to spend with my fam­ily.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic school.

“And I hope the stu­dents now re­alise how lucky they are to be there.”

Through­out her ca­reer, Mau­reen saw a lot of changes flow through the school doors. Pri­mar­ily, the name change to Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new tech­nol­ogy.

“When I first started, there was only my­self and an­other part-time worker in the of­fice,” Mau­reen said.

“This has in­creased to three ad­min­is­tra­tion staff over time.

“We used to have a big ledger book where we would have to add ev­ery­thing up man­u­ally.

“There wasn’t even a com­puter in the school.

“It’s amaz­ing how things have changed.”

Hav­ing re­tired from Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege in the mid­dle of the year, Mau­reen has had some time to rest and is now look­ing for­ward to her new ad­ven­tures – al­though she looks back very fondly on her time at the school.

“We have five grand­chil­dren who live in Bendigo and Sun­bury so Greg and I are look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to per­form even more grand­par­ent du­ties with them,” she said.

“Hope­fully we can do a few trips here and there, but we’re just in the plan­ning stages at the mo­ment.

“There are plenty of things to keep me busy here.

“I had a great time and ca­reer at the school.

“Dur­ing my ca­reer I learnt to work with a whole range of dif­fer­ent peo­ple – staff, stu­dents and par­ents – and hope­fully man­aged to sup­port the school in this area.

“In my job I’ve been able to work with peo­ple and know the dif­fer­ences we may have and re­late to them.

“I’ve def­i­nitely learnt to pri­ori­tise through­out my role.

“My daugh­ter once said to me that I’m so lucky to have a job I love – and she was right, it was the best.

“I be­lieve that if you love your job, you’ll be happy.

“And I cer­tainly was.”

Mau­reen Oliver says she loved her job at Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege. ‘I re­ally en­joyed the work and that’s why I stayed there so long,’ she said.

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