MOVING ON: Karen Quinn retires from Calliope Kindergarten after 35 years teaching.
MOVING ON: Karen Quinn retires from Calliope Kindergarten after 35 years teaching. Submitted

Karen hands in crayons

AFTER 35 years, beloved kindergarten teacher Karen Quinn is retiring from teaching.

Having taught in South Africa and Australia, Mrs Quinn spent her last 10 years brightening the lives of young students at the Calliope Kindergarten.

Having taught in many roles including a university she said working at a kindergarten was a special role to take on.

“It is a child's first venture into the community and to me children are the most important thing,” Mrs Quinn said.

During her time at Calliope Kindergarten Mrs Quinn has encouraged visitors to the school and has taken the children on many excursions and visits in the local area to let them see things on a community level.

“I want to thank the local community organisations especially the police, ambulance and fire brigade who have always been very helpful,” she said.

Kindergarten is a special experience and over the years Mrs Quinn said she had seen a lot of parents and families get involved and the friendships made while at kindergarten could last a lifetime.

Even after 35 years of teaching for Mrs Quinn it has always been about the children.

“The children are the most enjoyable aspect about teaching and it has given me an excitement about learning,” she said.

A farewell for Mrs Quinn will be held on Friday, May 28 at 6.30pm at the Calliope Kindergarten.

All past and present students and their families are invited to attend to farewell Mrs Quinn and a sausage sizzle and drinks stall will be running on the night.

If you would like to attend you can RSVP to Maria on 0408767708 by Wednesday, May 26.



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