Grahamvale Primary School staff member Lou Madigan has a unique gift - she can remember the names of each of the school's 391 students.SOPHIE MALCOLM February 9, 2013 4:40am
From Amy to Zac, there’s not a name that Lou Madigan can’t remember.
The Grahamvale Primary School staff member is renowned for knowing the names of all 391 students at the school.
Mrs Madigan, who has worked at Grahamvale for five years as an administration officer and classroom support worker, said she made a special effort each year to remember the names of all the new Prep students.
She was not sure how she managed to recall all of them.
‘‘I don’t have a trick, I’m just good at remembering names, as well as numbers, I guess,’’ she said, adding the most confusing part was when students shared the same name.
‘‘There’s a lot of Avas and Mias, Nates and Rileys,’’ she said.
Principal Lynley Eadie said Mrs Madigan’s memory was ‘‘amazing’’.
‘‘Lou is fantastic, I know most of the students’ names, but Lou just has an amazing knack and knows the students and their families,’’ Mrs Eadie said.
‘‘She understands the family connections and it makes her job much easier,’’ she said.
Mrs Eadie said Mrs Madigan’s ability made families and students feel welcome at the school.
‘‘She really demonstrates our belief that every child is every staff member’s responsibility,’’ she said.
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