‘Goodbye, Mrs Sparklison’
Friday, 29th July, 2011
A favourite preschool teacher is finishing up after 26 years of teaching and nurturing generations of children.
Judy Farquharson will finish working at Happy Day preschool today.
She started work there on July 1, 1985 after leaving her previous job at Barrier Motors.
Judy told the BDT last year, when she celebrated 25 years at Happy Day, that she had became involved in 1976 when her two boys attended Playtime Pre-School.
She served on the committee as secretary for 10 years and was made a life member of their association.”
Judy said it was very hard to say goodbye to friends and workmates after so many years.
“It’s been my second home for the past 26 years,” she said.
Judy said she has seen a lot of changes during her time at the preschool.
“The preschool has become a long-day care centre and I’ve seen many ex-pupils bring their children back to the centre,” she said.
She also told the BDT that the little children over the years had trouble pronouncing her name, and called her ‘Mrs Sparklison’.
Happy Day had a very caring and dedicated staff and she wished them the best.
“I’m very proud I have been able to contribute to this.”
Judy said she will be taking it easy after today and was glad she doesn’t have to set the alarm clock any more.
She said she and her husband will be able to visit family and travel to places in Australia they haven’t seen before.
Director of Happy Day Preschool, Vicki Wallace, said Judy will be sadly missed by all the staff, children and families, past and present.
“Judy and her husband Bill Farquharson have given true meaning to the term ‘community based’ with their continued and gracious support throughout the past 26 years,” Mrs Wallace said.
“Fundraising activities and Christmas concerts would have been a sad affair without their continued input.
“Judy’s ready smile, energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.”
This weekend Judy’s colleagues will throw a farewell party for her.