Bell rings time for Riverside PS principal after 41 years


Riverside Primary School students bid farewell to principal Deborah Bloor, who is retiring after 41 years in the business.  Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d467489
Riverside Primary School students bid farewell to principal Deborah Bloor, who is retiring after 41 years in the business. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d467489

After 41 years in the business, Riverside Primary School principal Deborah Bloor said teaching children to read was one of her proudest moments.

Ms Bloor has been a stalwart at the school since it opened in 1995.

She was deputy principal before taking over the top job.

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Ms Bloor chose teaching because she enjoyed her own school years.

“So choosing teaching was a natural progression,” she said.

“It was very rewarding establishing and maintaining Riverside Primary to be such a great school.”

Ms Bloor said she has fond memories of the school.

They include the development of past and present students, the wonderful P&C committees, and parents she has worked with.

She also praised her many “wonderful staff”.

“One-thousand-two-hundred staff have worked here with me over the years.”

Ms Bloor said the job had changed over the years, becoming less teaching focused and more operational.

She won’t be relaxing post retirement but will instead be taking on a swim training regime because she plans to swim around the Greek islands.