School farewells com­mu­nity stal­wart

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

ST Joseph’s Pri­mary School in Wa­roona farewelled a re­tir­ing stal­wart of the com­mu­nity on Fri­day af­ter 34 years at the front desk.

When Lyn Della Franca started as sec­re­tary she had al­ready been vol­un­teer­ing with the school for four years and had been in­volved as a par­ent through her sons.

“I ac­tu­ally did three years as can­teen man­ager, all the things that you do as a vol­un­teer when your chil­dren are here,” Mrs Della Franca said.

“I’ve seen quite a few changes, from nuns to prin­ci­pals.

“I’ve worn out quite a few prin­ci­pals over the time.”

She said the in­tro­duc­tion of com­put­ers to the school was a big mile­stone and was a chal­lenge to learn how to op­er­ate them.

“Book­keep­ing was all done man­u­ally so I took my­self off to Tafe in Har­vey to learn how to turn a com­puter on,” she said. “You just adapt.” Mrs Della Franca said while the tech­nol­ogy and build­ings had evolved, the cul­ture at the school had re­mained the same.

“As far as the clien­tele and the care for the chil­dren, that’s never changed at all,” she said.

At her farewell mass, Mrs Della Franca pre­sented the Mak­ing Je­sus Real award to Lilly Vin­cent, Year 3, which she had her­self re­ceived a few years prior, for hav­ing a giv­ing at­ti­tude and help­ing oth­ers.

“I felt very hum­bled re­ceiv­ing that award,” she said.

While she looked for­ward to vis­it­ing fam­ily and in­volve­ment in a num­ber of com­mu­nity groups, Mrs Della Franca said she would miss the kids and the fam­i­lies at the school who had given her so much sup­port.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Af­ter 38 years work­ing and vol­un­teer­ing at St Joseph’s Pri­mary School in Wa­roona, Lyn Della Franca is step­ping down.

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