Ed­u­ca­tor says ‘good­bye Gulpa’

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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