Robyn Parker has worn many hats during her time at Anderson’s Bay School.
She has been a member of the school’s parent-teacher association, was on the inaugural board of trustees and school committee and has been school secretary for the past 25 years, but last Friday she retired to spend more time with her family.
Mrs Parker (65) was also involved with the school for 10 years before becoming school secretary, as all of her three children were pupils there.
Much had changed during her time there, such as the size of the school roll – there are 318 pupils, about 100 more than when she started – and the technology it used, she said.
When she first started in the job, the school had just bought an electric typewriter.
Now everything was done on computer, she said.
“Education has changed – children don’t.
“As the job changes, you just kind of change and learn and evolve.”
Since announcing her retirement, she had received many “lovely” messages from members of the school community and was farewelled in a surprise school assembly.
Her husband, parents and two of her children attended.
While she would miss the pupils and staff at the school, she was looking forward to being able to choose what she did each day.
“I get up in the morning and go for a walk at [6am] and then I get to work and I’m here until 4.30 and then I’m home.
“This is a big part of my life – coming to work.
“The pace of my life is going to change a lot.”
She had a 1-year-old grandson in Australia, whom she planned on visiting, as well as spending more time with her parents.
“To be able to go on holiday without thinking about coming back to work would be quite a treat.”