Tereasa says goodbye to all that cleaning
IT was enough to sweep a girl off her feet, when students, teachers and parents gathered at the Amamoor State School this week.
They were saying goodbye to Tereasa George who, after 23 years of dedicated service as school cleaner, is now officially all washed up.
Tereasa took on the job in 1990, cleaning up not only after her own four children at the school, but after everybody else as well.
Now a busy grandmother with a farm to run, Tereasa put her broom away for the last time yesterday.
She has seen multiple generations of some families passing through the school and has witnessed many staff changes, as well as huge transformations within the school, including new and improved buildings.
"Tereasa has been an integral and very important part of our school and community and has always played a vital role for Education Queensland in making our school feel pleasantly inviting and looking squeaky clean at all times," a school spokeswoman said this week.
"She has always gone above and beyond, volunteering hours of her time to mowing and marking the school oval, fundraising and volunteering in the classrooms."
Tereasa recalls her early days at Amamoor.
"I started work in 1990," she said.
"I was looking for some part-time work to pay off a tractor. "I have always enjoyed the work and found the staff and children pleasant and good to work with."
But there is plenty to do in retirement also.
"There is always plenty of work to do on the farm," Tereasa said.
"I want to spend more time with family but I am really looking forward to travelling and fishing our way around Australia.
"I will miss the people. The job has been kind to me."