Stu­dents zip lips for big assem­bly

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - BEN WATER­WORTH

KEEP­ING a sur­prise may seem like a fairly sim­ple task but when an en­tire school is in­volved it can be quite dif­fi­cult.

But stu­dents from Westerway Pri­mary School man­aged to achieve their goal of a sur­prise birth­day assem­bly for their beloved teacher aid Zelda Browning last week, much to the de­light of Mrs Browning.

“I was very over­whelmed to have such a won­der­ful birth­day sur­prise,” she said.

“I was not ex­pect­ing any­thing and it was lovely to see how ex­cited the chil­dren were.”

Mrs Browning has been an aid at the school for 35 years, and the assem­bly also served as a cel­e­bra­tion of her ser­vice to Westerway Pri­mary.

A morn­ing tea was held at the assem­bly, where a cake was served and the stu­dents gave Mrs Browning gifts.

“It has been a plea­sure work­ing with chil­dren from Westerway and the sur­round­ing ar­eas for the past 35 years,” she said.

Mrs Browning said that sev­eral for­mer stu­dents she had taught had en­rolled their own chil­dren at the school.

She said she had been in­un­dated with cards and gifts.

“I thank the chil­dren and par­ents for the lovely cards and flow­ers, and for mak­ing my birth­day very spe­cial.”

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