Much-loved Manjimup EA retires after 43years

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Patricia Ellis is retiring from Manjimup Primary School after 43 years.
Camera IconPatricia Ellis is retiring from Manjimup Primary School after 43 years. Credit: Tari Jeffers

After 43 years of changes at Manjimup Primary School, an education assistant will retire at the end of the week.

Patricia Ellis has been with the school through campus changes and various staff changes.

“I originally had a phone call from the school to see if I was interested and I thought it sounded good,” she said.

“I came up and had an interview with the principal and here I am, still.”

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Mrs Ellis said she loved working with children and that would also be the part of the job she missed the most.

“There’s some gorgeous kids around and a lot of them don’t get much attention, so I give a little bit of a spoiling,” she said.

“I’ve been an EA for everything over the years, from Pre-Primary to Year 12.”

Mrs Ellis has an attachment to the old campus, where Cherry Glades is now being built, which goes beyond just working there, as she also went there as a student.

“I remember the day we walked from the old school, to go down here,” she said.

Mrs Ellis plans to keep busy in her retirement, as she said she had a garden at home that needed her attention.

“I’m never still, I’ve always been active,” she said.

“I’m always going to morning tea or afternoon tea or doing something around the place.”

Mrs Ellis wants to visit the South Pole, but she has to talk her daughter into going with her.

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