Educator says ‘goodbye Gulpa’
There were many heartbroken children at Gulpa Preschool on Tuesday, which was the last day at the preschool for now retired educator Pam Jones.
Mrs Jones has been helping to guide the learning experience of young locals at Gulpa for 25 years.
She said she had thoroughly enjoyed her time at the preschool, but would now take more time to do the things she loves — and that includes spending more time with her granddaughter.
‘‘I love children and have worked with them all my life,’’ Mrs Jones said.
‘‘It’s all I wanted to do, but now it’s time for a much needed rest.
‘‘I am retiring now to spend more time doing other things that are important to me. Greg (my husband) and I want to see Australia in our caravan.
‘‘I also want to become more involved in local organisations such as the Deniliquin Genealogy Group. I might even find time to take up a new sport or two.’’
During her time at Gulpa, Mrs Jones said she had seen many changes.
The employment level at the preschool has increased from two to six in that time, and renovations have also taken place to increase the number of children from 10 to 15.
She’s watched on while the preschool underwent two revamps, including the installation of softfall material and shade sails in the playground.
Mrs Jones estimates she’s helped to educate more than 600 children during her time at Gulpa, and has exclusively shared her knowledge and professionalism with the Gulpa team.
Through the years she has shared her many interests and skills with them, helping to make Gulpa the place it is today.
‘‘After 25 years here I will miss the wonderful friendships that are formed each year with the children and their families,’’ she said.
‘‘I will also miss working with the lovely staff who are very dedicated to their work at Gulpa.’’
■ RIGHT: Pam Jones with Gulpa Preschool students (from left) Chloe Dennison, Carter Sartore and Claire Menadue on her final day before retirement.