Mrs Campbell marks 20 years

Current Principal, Blair Johnston, Lynne Campbell, and formerPrincipal, Denne Parkinson, celebrate Lynne’s 20 year milestone

Current Principal, Blair Johnston, Lynne Campbell, and formerPrincipal, Denne Parkinson, celebrate Lynne’s 20 year milestone

Those who are close to her know just how hard it is to kept secrets from Lynne Campbell.

But the staff, close friends, former colleagues and the children of Pokeno School managed to surprise their favourite teacher aide with a special assembly and chocolate cake last Wednesday, to celebrate her 20 year milestone.
Principal, Blair Johnston, was blown away that she didn’t find out earlier.
“It takes an amazing person to work in a school, and we believe Mrs Campbell is one of them. We are so fortunate to have Lynne in our school; however, it is the children that benefit the most from her huge heart, care and passion, and you can see just how popular she is, as Lynne is constantly flocked by children. We need people like her in all our schools and a huge thank you is needed for Denne Parkinson, for the foresight in hiring her as a teacher aide.”
Mrs Campbell has been a valuable gem of Pokeno School since 1995, when the opportunity of a teacher aide position became available.
Former Principal, Denne Parkinson, explained how he first met Mrs Campbell,and how he was greeted with a ‘beaming smile’ and ‘not so great parking skills’. “Ever since her first day, Malcolm (the caretaker) and I, still had to guide her into her car park. Mrs Campbell, thank you for being such a tidal wave of warmth.”
For the first time in 20 years, Mrs Campbell was speechless and couldn’t believe that her special morning tea had been kept a secret – even her husband was in on it. “I thought we were going to get in trouble, as we only have assemblies during the day if we have all been naughty,” laughs Lynne.
When asked what the secret was to being able to stay so long in one place, Mrs Campbell explained that it was because of the children. “I am in my element as I never want to grow up. The staff, parents and the pupils make me smile every day. This has been such a wonderful journey and my time here has made me so happy. It certainly doesn’t feel like 20 years, so they won’t be getting rid me anytime soon.”
All said with a cheeky smile, the community can rest assured this won’t be the last they see of the wonderful Mrs Campbell.

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