Top class loyalty

IF you are looking for two loyal and consistent employees, an East Hamilton Primary School pair is pretty hard to go past.

Library officer Zenda Furzer just ticked off more than 30 years with the school, while pre-primary teacher Jo Sterkenburg has notched up 31 years.

Ms Furzer became involved with the school when her children began pre-primary.

�I was a volunteer in the library before being employed as an education assistant and then becoming the library officer, which is the position I still hold today and very much enjoy,� she said.

�I have seen many changes in the library environment going from a normal classroom which was changed to accommodate a library to a new purpose-built library constructed in 2010.�

Ms Sterkenburg was the first pre-primary teacher at the school, a role she continues today.

She is also the Books for Bubs co-ordinator and a member of the school finance committee.

�I have stayed at this school for all these years as I just love it,� she said.

�Over the years the school has changed to be much more multicultural with children arriving from all over the world, many speaking little or no English and some very traumatised by the situations they have come from.�

Principal Geoff Miller said the pair had been great role models to other staff with their dedication and enthusiasm to adapt to change and continue to make a difference to the lives of all students.

�We are looking forward to celebrating their achievement with a birthday cake at our next assembly.