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30 years celebrated by Devenish Primary School business manager

Diane Young celebrated 30 years of service at Devenish Primary School.

MONIQUE FREER December 6, 2013 4:20am

Long service: Diane Young at a surprise celebration for her 30 years of service at Devenish Primary School.

Diane Young was speechless last month when about 50 people attended a surprise celebration of her 30 years of service to Devenish Primary School.

The business manager was surrounded by family, students and staff, as well as past and present members of the extended school community on Friday, November 22.

‘‘It meant a lot to me, I wasn’t expecting it and there were some community members there as well,’’ Ms Young said.

‘‘Obviously my time at the school has been valued. There have been so many changes over the years in the office, going from an old green ledger to everything being computerised and just to see all those people there on Friday was amazing, something I never expected would happen and all the memories came rushing back.

‘‘All I could say was ‘thank you’ — I was speechless, absolutely speechless.’’

Ms Young began teaching at the local primary school in 1983, after her eldest child began at the school in 1978.

Since then her four children have attended the school, and her granddaughter began in Prep this year.

‘‘It was great because when they were on holidays I was on holidays with them,’’ she said.

‘‘My grandson starts in 2016, so I really want to be there when he starts, but after that who knows.’’

Ms Young currently works two days per week managing the office of the small district school, and said a highlight was seeing the students each day.

‘‘I only work two days a week, but they’re a busy two days a week, there’s lots to be done. I just really enjoy it and it’s great to see the kids’ happy smiling faces.’’

The surprise gathering was organised by Ms Young’s daughter Tracey, who organised a dedication book for people to leave their best wishes and memories for Diane.

The group also enjoyed watching videos of school concerts from the early 1990s, which Ms Young said were fond memories for her.

‘‘We’ve had some wonderful times over the years, participating in school concerts is one of the highlights and we did have lots of fun,’’ she said. ‘‘The memories brought back on Friday of those times were wonderful.’’

Devenish Primary School principal Phillip Brown said Ms Young was a much-loved member of the school community.

‘‘As a school community, we thank Diane for the past 30 years, being the heart and soul of our school, and we know she will continue to do great service for the next 30,’’ Mr Brown said.

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