This week marks the official end of the career of one of our most special and longest serving office staff, Mrs Diane Siddons. For more than 20 years, Mrs Siddons has been an integral part of the life of Connells Point Public School. She has served in the front office, preparing the Newsletter, attending to Reception and assisting staff, parents and students.
Of particular importance has been her role as Library Assistant, where she has worked alongside teacher/librarians in the operation of the library. Mrs Siddons has ordered, accessioned, repaired and maintained our library resources, for students and teachers, and ensured that the library is well organised and inviting. She has worked tirelessly to make sure that the move to our beautiful new library was as smooth as possible. We are delighted that she was here to enjoy our wonderful new facilities!
However, it is much more than her skills and professionalism that have enhanced our school. Through her dedication, commitment, gentleness, encouragement, discretion, patience and care, she has built positive and lasting relationships with hundreds of children and their parents and teachers. Nothing is ever too much trouble; she always has a smile; and her calm and reassuring manner has made students feel safe and secure in her care.
Hopefully, we will be able to have Mrs Siddons return for casual work while her vacancy is being permanently filled, and beyond that, if she can fit us in between her busy volunteer work and caring for her many grandchildren!
On behalf of our extended school community, I thank Mrs Siddons for all that she has done for Connells Point Public School during her many years of service to our school. We wish her a happy and satisfying retirement, and look forward to having her return to us as the opportunities arise.