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Sonja celebrates teaching milestone

Thursday, 19th May, 2016

North School’s captains Lexie Smith (11) and Ethan Hocking (11) presented teacher Sonja McEvoy with a bouquet and certificate yesterday to honour her 30 years’ service to the school. Ms McEvoy has seen many changes during her time at the school, but a few comforting constants have remained. North School’s captains Lexie Smith (11) and Ethan Hocking (11) presented teacher Sonja McEvoy with a bouquet and certificate yesterday to honour her 30 years’ service to the school. Ms McEvoy has seen many changes during her time at the school, but a few comforting constants have remained.

By Darrin Manuel

The school system has changed markedly in the last three decades, but for teacher Sonja McEvoy the best parts of the job have remained the same.

Ms McEvoy reached her 30-year milestone at North School yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised with the presentation of a bouquet of flowers and a certificate from students and staff.

She said she had seen several classroom transformations over the years, with schools moving from blackboards to whiteboards to electronic smartboards and computers.

There have been a few welcome constants in her job however, including the friendly and supportive community in the city’s north, and the procession of smiling faces that passes through the school each year.

“There’s been a lot of changes, from staff to surroundings, but it’s still the same wonderful community - a nice North community that are very giving in their own special way,” Ms McEvoy said.

“The highlight has just been the kids themselves, and how appreciative they can be of people who care about them.”

“I’ve seen a lot of kids go through here and many have gone on and done a lot of good things for themselves.

“It’s been a wonderful part of my life.”

Ms McEvoy has worked at the school as both an infants and primary teacher, and is now assistant principal.

She said she will still be around to teach Broken Hill’s children well into the future, with no plans for retirement on the horizon.

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