It’s more than a job. It’s like one big happy family, and I can't think of any place I’d rather be.

I started out as an SMSA 40 years ago. Doesn’t time fly! I worked in Temple School, for 30 years, and moved with the staff and children to what is now St Keyna Primary.

I have been here for ten years and have had the privilege of working with lots of lovely people and very much enjoy looking after the children and watching them grown. Some of those children I see around the school today. They are all grown up and have children of their own here. It’s so wonderful to have those memories. I have one daughter, who works here at the Nursery.

The staff and children held a celebration assembly for me and everyone sang a song. Several children presented me with some flowers and a lovely gift. It’s this beautiful ammonite necklace, which is very fitting as it is the emblem for the school. I will treasure it forever.

I’m very fortunate that, at 74, I still have the energy to keep doing what I love. I am here from early in the morning until the end of the day. From cleaning to tidying to laminating to looking after the staff and children, I keep myself very busy. Well what else would I do with my time?! I do it because I love it and it keeps me going

I lost my husband ten years ago, which was very hard for me. The staff here at St Keyna were very supportive and colleagues have become very good friends. They will go out of their way to help me with whatever I need. It was my husband who told me that I should keep working when the school changed, and he was right. I don’t know what I would have done without this place. Everyone at St Keyna has a great sense of humour and it’s a lovely place to work. It’s more than a job; It’s like one big happy family, and I couldn’t think of any place I’d rather be.

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