DED­I­CATED ED­U­CA­TOR LEAVES SCHOOL AF­TER 38 YEARS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

AF­TER 38 years at St Agnes Catholic High School, Su­san Roberts has retired on a high note and been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Aus­tralia medal.

Ms Roberts, who or­gan­ised the school’s pas­toral care, cur­ricu­lum, timetable, choir and Kris Kringles, retired from full-time work at the school this month.

Her con­tri­bu­tion to the school as its tech­ni­cal and ap­plied sci­ence co-or­di­na­tor for 20 years led the school to name a TAS build­ing af­ter her – The Roberts Build­ing.

As camp co-or­di­na­tor, Ms Roberts at­tended 52 school camps over the years and at 48 of those camps she cooked 180 meals, three times a day for three days.

Ms Roberts also di­rected mu­si­cals, de­signed the school’s cur­rent uni­form and helped de­sign the new cook­ing room.

Ms Roberts said her time at St Agnes had been “most sat­is­fy­ing”.

“I have had 38 years of my life at one place and it has been the most sat­is­fy­ing ca­reer I could have had,” she said.

“It’s a re­ward­ing job to have. No day is ever the same. I can hon­estly say I have been happy walk­ing into this school every day.

“It was a mas­sive de­ci­sion to re­tire. I wasn’t burnt out at all. I wanted to re­tire at the top of my game. I wanted to re­tire when I knew that I was as good as when I first came into teach­ing.

“I wanted to re­tire with the re­spect of my col­leagues and the re­spect of my stu­dents.”

To nom­i­nate a lo­cal hero for a Pride Of Aus­tralia medal visit pride­o­faus­tralia.com.au.

Su­san Roberts with St Agnes Catholic High School stu­dents Jeremiah War­ick Smith and Do­minique Byrne. Pic­ture: Jane Demp­ster

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